My name is Alena. I'm a native English speaker, currently based in Melbourne, Australia. I completed a TEFL certificate a few years ago and am now currently studying for a Graduate Certificate of TESOL.
I have about 3 years' experience teaching English online. Most of the lessons I have taught have been conversational, but I also have experience helping students with grammar, pronunciation, developing their listening skills, and IELTS preparation.
The lessons I offer are conversational English and IELTS speaking preparation lessons.
Conversational lessons are quite laid-back. We can talk about a variety of different topics, or use selected news articles or Ted talk videos as points of discussion.
For IELTS speaking preparation, I usually like to focus on a topic at a time. I offer useful resources and strategies based on the student's strengths and weaknesses to help them achieve their goal.
Throughout the lessons, I will make corrections, provide vocabulary suggestions and grammatical explanations. In general, I like to encourage students to speak as much as possible, and to help them build their confidence in speaking English.
I recommend booking a trial. This is an opportunity for you to meet me and we can discuss what your goals are, what type of lessons you'd like to have, your strengths and weaknesses etc.
A bit about me:
I actually grew up in Brunei and attended an international school there. I then moved to Melbourne when I was a teenager. I've also spent some time in Singapore and Malaysia.
I worked in the pathology (healthcare) industry for 9 years before I made the transition to teach English.
I like to travel - I had the opportunity last year (2019) to go backpacking around Japan and Europe.
I enjoy meeting people from different parts of the world, so teaching English online is a great opportunity for me to do that.
Anyway, thank you for checking out my profile. I look forward to meeting you soon! Bye!