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Paul

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United Kingdom
4:39 PM (GMT+01:00)
English
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English
2
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Speaks

Spanish
B1
,
Portuguese
A1

About Me

I'm an ESL teacher and Linguistics graduate who is currently based in Brazil. I'm originally from a small city called Durham in the northeast of England, but for the past three and a half years I've been teaching English in Latin America. I completed my TEFL training in Costa Rica and I stayed there for three years working in a language centre. While working there I taught teenagers, young adults and mature adults of all levels (A1-C2) using a communicative methodology, which I continue to implement in my classes today. Since moving to Brazil I've been teaching in-company and in-house Business English classes around the city of Sao Paulo.
As a teacher, my main goals are to create a comfortable, dynamic and student centred environment for my students. I'm a language learner myself and I know the risk, difficulty and discomfort it's possible to feel when speaking a foreign language with a stranger, so it's easy for me to empathise with the people I teach. Teaching English is a day-to-day joy for me and I can honestly say that getting to know people from different cultures around the world and helping people develop the invaluable asset that is a second or third language is an incredibly enriching occupation that I don't take for granted. I can't wait to meet more people on Verbling!

Schedule

Teaching Expertise

Beginner
Upper Beginner
Intermediate
Upper Intermediate
Advanced
Upper Advanced
British English
Teenagers (12-18)
Adults (18+)
Curriculum
Homework
Learning Materials
Lesson Plans
Proficiency Assessment
Quizzes/Tests
Reading Exercises
Writing Exercises
Accent Reduction
Business English
Colloquial English
Grammar Development
Interview Preparation
Listening Comprehension
Phonetics
Reading Comprehension
Speaking Practice
Vocabulary Development
Writing Correction

Résumé

Education

2009 - 2012
B.A. Lingustics
University of Manchester - Manchester, UK
An in depth study of language from technical aspects like syntax, morphology, semantics and pragmatics, to social aspects of language and how it deeply affects our world.

Work Experience

2018
Freelance English Teacher
Sao Paulo, Brazil
I teach a variety of students around the city of Sao Paulo. All of my classes are tailored to the needs of the students who work in a range of fields such as engineering, sales, PR and nutrition.
2016 - 2017
Team Lead
Centro de Idiomas, Intercultura - Heredia, Costa Rica
I have run workshops on a large range of ESL disciplines in order to aid the development of my peers and I've also been given responsibilities such as level testing new students into the school, giving free tutorials to struggling students, observing teachers and giving feedback as well as creating brand new content for our "flipped classroom" webstie.
2015 - 2017
English Teacher
Centro de Idiomas, Intercultura - Heredia, Costa Rica
I have taught Costa Ricans in both group and private formats with varying ages, abilities and motivations. I was hired to teach A1 students but over time I've managed to teach all the way up to C2 level students. The school's methodology is based on the communicative approach where we aim to be language learning facilitators rather than traditional teachers.
2015 - 2015
Online English Teacher
English with Experts - Online
I taught predominately Russian students from business backgrounds. They were of a high level and we focused on breaking the bad habits they'd developed while learning vocabulary relating to their field of work.

Certifications

2015 - 2015
TEFL
Costa Rica TEFL - Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Completed 160 hours of intensive training including 10 hours of observed ESL teaching.