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John Kenmuir

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About Me

Hi, I'm John! I've been an ESL/EFL teacher since 1995 (more than 26 years) and I've taught students in Canada (my home country), China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. I hold the CELTA teaching certificate from Cambridge University and I'm a former IELTS speaking examiner (I like challenges). If you'd like to check out the book I wrote about the IELTS exam (or dealing with exam stress more generally), head over to and search for the title "Surviving IELTS Speaking" (I plan to write more educational books in the future).

If you're planning to take the **IELTS exam**, I can help you to prepare for the speaking, reading and listening tests (I plan to teach IELTS writing in the future but don't teach it at this time). We can work on pronunciation problems, effective study skills and habits, and much more.

Some of my Verbling students want to practice their conversation skills with varying degrees of feedback; I love chatting with people around the world and I'm very curious. If you want to **discuss music**, I can introduce you to artists like Bob Dylan, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for literature and is considered an American legend, or to Fleetwood Mac, whose 1975 album "Rumours" described not just their own personal problems but those of an American nation still haunted by Watergate, the end of the Vietnam War and the end of the 1960's free love culture.

Or we could **talk about movies**, in which case I'll introduce you to the Godfather trilogy. If you've already seen them, get ready for trivia about these movies that will send you back to watch them again. I can recommend classic movies, popular tv shows worth checking out and more. Don't like movies? Let's **talk about food** . Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the hotel management industry and cooking is another one of my passions (second only to eating what I've cooked).

If you are a high school or university student, or working adult, you'll fit in nicely with my teaching style, and I welcome students from all over the world.

Don't be shy; **sign up for a free trial lesson** and you'll see why my students enjoy my classes and keep coming back for more. In the meantime, good luck with your English learning, and I hope we can meet each other in the near future.

John Kenmuir.
BA English literature, CELTA (and an unlimited sense of humour)

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1998 - 1998
CELTA (Certificate of English Language Training for Adults)
Columbia College (via Cambridge University, London, UK) - Vancouver, BC, Canada
One month, 100 hour onsite training course in how to deliver English language classes to non-native learners
1989 - 1994
Bachelor of Arts degree, English Literature major
University of Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada
focus on English Literature & acquisition of research & essay writing skills

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Freelance Online Teacher & Writer
miscellaneous Internet websites & schools
IELTS speaking/reading/listening classes, conversation practice, western culture, pronunciation, study skills
2015 - 2016
EAP Instructor / Lecturer
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals - Hafr al-Batin, Saudi Arabia
delivering intensive English language acquisition classes to university age males, administrative duties (attendance, marking homework, conducting & grading in-class exams, writing supplementary materials & exams, other duties as required)
2013 - 2014
EAP Instructor / Lecturer
Hong Ling Middle School - Shenzhen, China
Designed & delivered EAP classes to university age students, wrote course syllabus for EAP classes in introductory English & Western Culture, collaborated with Chinese teachers to assign student grades to more than 300 students, participated in extra-curricular student activities, other administrative duties as required
2012 - 2013
EAP/Oral English Instructor
Shanghai Dianji University - Minhang, Shanghai, China
Designed & delivered EAP classes to university age students, administrative duties (taking attendance, assigning & grading homework, writing supplementary study materials & exams, grading exams, other duties as required), participating in extracurricular activities with students
2008 - 2009
EAP Instructor / Lecturer
Sino-British College - Shanghai, China
Delivered EAP classes to university age students, wrote EAP supplementary study materials, administrative duties (taking attendance, supporting & making counselling recommendations to weaker students, writing student reference letters to international universities, other duties as required)
2005 - 2008
ESL Instructor / Course Lecturer
Campus College - Shanghai, China
Taught conversational English to university age students, wrote curriculum for & taught courses on Business English, Business Writing & Intercultural Communication
2004 - 2005
EAP Instructor
SILC (Sidney Institute of Language & Commerce) - Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China
Taught an Australian-based ESL/EAP curriculum to university age Business students, participated in extra curricular student activities, administrative duties (taking attendance, assigning & marking homework, writing, administering & grading exams, assigning grades, other duties as required)
2002 - 2003
EAP Instructor
Niagara College - Shanghai Commercial School, Shanghai, China
Taught beginner & intermediate ESL classes to senior high students as part of a joint program between Niagara College (Ontario, Canada) & Shanghai Commercial School
2001 - 2002
Grade 7 EAP Instructor
Dalian Maple Leaf International School - Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
Taught beginner & intermediate ESL classes to junior high boarding school students, wrote supplementary teaching materials, wrote, administered & graded exams, administrative duties (taking attendance, classroom management, other duties as required), participating in extra curricular activities, participating in staff meetings & staff projects
1998 - 2001
part-time & freelance ESL teacher
various institutions - Vancouver, BC, Canada
**had to return home due to family illness & emergency; taught part-time & on call for various ESL schools in the greater Vancouver Regional District
1997 - 1998
EAP Instructor
Gyeongsang National University - Chinju, South Korea
Taught listening, speaking & writing classes to university age freshman students, participated in extra curricular student activities, administrative duties as required (attendance, assigning grades, etc)
1995 - 1997
EFL Conversational Instructor
TOP Language Academy - Cheongju, South Korea
Taught English conversation to elementary age students at an after-school study center (or "hagwon", as they're known in South Korea), administrative duties as required
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