I'm currently working on using Dungeons and Dragons (a role-playing game) as an English teaching tool. If you're interested in practicing English through an interactive, creative game, I'd love to work with you!
I also use other games, like online board games and text-based adventures, so if you're interested in learning English with those games, let me know :)
## About me:
I have taught English in South Korea, Italy, the U.S, and online since 2012, and I specialize in technology/programming English, gamified learning, conversation practice, writing, and test preparation.
I love learning and traveling, and I'm interested in many different subjects: coding, board games, world news, food, culture, science, technology, politics, economics, data, beer, travel, and more (though I don't know very much about sports!).
### My experience:
I taught for three years in South Korea, at the primary, secondary, and adult levels, and have also taught adults in Italy and the U.S. Currently, I am studying web development, data analysis, and economics while teaching online classes, building websites, and writing articles for technology websites.
### My style:
As a teacher, I'm very flexible and friendly. I believe that students always do best when they are relaxed, so I will usually let you set the pace. If you have something specific you want to learn or study, please come prepared with a basic plan and some examples of what you'd like to do. I have my own resources and materials, but I'll be able to help you best if you show me what you need.
## About my classes
My classes fall into several major categories: Games, Structured Lessons, and Unstructured Lessons. You don't have to sign up for a single type of lesson--you can have some game lessons, some structured lessons, and some unstructured lessons!
This is an experimental, but very fun class type! There are two types of games: role-playing games and board games.
With role-playing games (RPG, like Dungeons and Dragons) I'lI guide you through a story. You'll read information, solve puzzles, have conversations with different characters, and use your abilities to defeat monsters. You'll make a custom character and make choices about his/her career, personality, and abilities.
With board games, we'll use an online gaming site to learn and play a board game--preferably one that requires speaking and vocabulary practice, like Scrabble or Pandemic.
### Structured Lessons
My structured lessons are all run through a website called Off2Class (https://www.off2class.com/). You'll get an account, a personalized English language assessment test that tells you your CEFR level, a choice of lessons on any topic or grammar concept you want, and regular homework assignments.
A structured class will consist mostly of going through lessons on this site, discussing concepts and topics, and doing some other activities for practice and/or fun as needed.
### Unstructured Lessons
Just talk! If you really want to get comfortable with English, conversations are a must. We'll talk about your choice of topic. We can do an article discussion, a set of questions, or just free talking about whatever you like.
## How to be a good student (And what NOT to do!)
I love working with students who are self-motivated! You are the student, and YOU control your own learning. You are the rocket that goes into space; I'm just the mechanic that helps you get there :)
There is one main thing I ask my students NOT to do: Don't come to the first class and say, "I need to get better at English. Make a plan for me."
That's not how learning really works. Learning is about interacting and growing, not just following instructions. My best students don't follow a 50 step plan. My best students try to teach themselves first, then they come to class so they can ask questions and understand the confusing parts.
As a teacher, I'm not your boss--I'm just a coworker who has been at the company longer. I won't tell you everything you should do, and I expect you to do your own work, but I can show you lots of useful things and I can answer your questions.
So please don't come to the first class and ask me to make you a big plan. You know yourself better than I do. I can help you learn and practice, and you will definitely improve the skills you want, but at least 80% of the learning power comes from you :)