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Christopher Balderson

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map_pinUnited Kingdom
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English
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4 281
class
English
user_group_man_woman
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time
4 281

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English
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Russian
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About Me

Hi, my name’s Chris. I’m from the UK. I’ve been teaching English for 9 years, both in classrooms and online. I work with both children and adults. As you can hear in my video, I speak English very clearly and can modulate my pace to speak more slowly to help your understanding. I’m friendly and patient. I’ve lived abroad, so I know how difficult and frustrating it can be to learn a foreign language!

It would be very helpful if you could tell me a little bit about yourself prior to our class. I would like to know your level and experience of learning and using English, your expected outcomes of our lessons, and whether you would rather have free speech on a variety of topics, I note and correct mistakes, and make suggestions where appropriate, or would you rather have classes with a course book and exercises to aid your vocabulary and grammar? I’m here to help you. Homework can be set, if desired.

For parents, again, it would be very useful to know a little bit about your son or daughter beforehand. My lessons consist of reading activities to improve vocabulary and pronunciation. We also work on phonetics, grammar, and spelling. For speaking, we can play learning games.

I have experience prepping students for both job interviews and exams, including IELTS and CPE, CAE, FCE, PET, and KET. I am happy to report that all my students passed with the results they desired. My approach is to use the lesson to maximise speaking practise as this is the most effective use of your time. Home tasks will be set to improve listening, reading and use of English, and writing skills.

Some other services I provide include proofreading and I have recorded voiceovers for TV advertisements, in case anyone was wondering.

Thank you for reading. In my trial class, you’ll get a taster of what we can do in our lessons together.
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Teacher Stats

watchWithin a few hours
timetable5 years ago
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class4 281
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Schedule

Résumé

schoolEducation

2010 - 2013
BA Film TV Radio Studies
Staffordshire University - Stoke-on-Trent
Focused on theoretical studies of the cinematic branch of the arts.
2006 - 2008
HND Media Production
University of Northampton - Northampton
This was a two-year course with a combination of theoretical and practical modules aimed to enrich knowledge of cinema.

briefcaseWork Experience

2017 - 2017
English Teacher
Speak Up Language School - Krakow, Poland
I conducted speaking lessons on a variety of general English topics. I also taught grammar and practical skills lessons, where students learned how to write, for example: CVs, cover letters, letters of enquiry in English.
2013 - 2015
English Teacher
Streamline Language School - Minsk, Belarus
I conducted group classes to both general and business English students. The latter included staff members of Atlant M and Izovac companies. I also took part in fun native English speaker lessons where there were speaking materials based around a topic, for example, politics, comedy, etc.
2013 - 2014
English Teacher
Mulberry Club Language School - Minsk, Belarus
I conducted group classes of general and business English. I also took part in fun native English speaker lessons where there were speaking materials based around a topic, for example, politics, comedy, etc.
2015 - 0
Online English Teacher
Private - Multiple Locations
I teach as an online ESL teacher. My classes are either conversation based with corrections and suggestions, vocabulary, grammar, or practical skills, for example, writing a CV or cover letter.

diploma_2Certifications

2011 - 2015
TEFL
TEFL - Northampton
I have four TEFL certificates-20 hours classroom learning, 50 hours online study, 30 hours grammar, and 30 hours business English.