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My lessons feature the communicative approach to improving your spoken English. More precisely, it uses the Dogme method (conversations based on your interests) from the communicative approach.
See here: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/dogme
"Dogme is an approach to teaching that argues that teaching should focus on the learner and not be driven by the resources available, including course books. It is a recent movement in ELT, started by a group of teachers who are against 'resource heavy' teaching, arguing that if learners are not interested they will not learn and therefore all material should be generated by the learners and the lessons directed by them, rather than the teacher."
Learners come to class discussing something that is in the news. The teacher encourages and facilitates discussion and provides answers to questions about grammar and vocabulary as they arise."
I also teach writing when requested or required in order to improve your syntax/word order. Word order is very important in English.
I teach Intermediate to Upper Advanced English speakers only. If you can understand most of the English you hear about everyday topics and have been able to have conversations before with English speakers you should be able to take my lessons and benefit from them.
I also have experience with CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program), DET (Duolingo English Test), and IELTS exam preparation.
I live near Cocoa Beach, just east of Orlando, Florida, and I like travelling, playing basketball, going to Disney with my family and trying to be a good father figure.
I'm most experienced in teaching students who are native Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Italian speakers.
In addition to having taught 2000 one-on-one lessons online, I also have multiple accredited teaching certifications totaling 250 hours of professional education. See my resume by scrolling down on your screen.
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English Tips! How do you improve your English after you have already mastered the basics?
1. You have to be able to notice and differentiate the sounds of the language, especially when sounds are linked to form different sounds when spoken quickly.
Example: "What are you going to do?" when spoken quickly can sound more like, "Whadda yuh gonna do?"
2. You have to understand the word order required in order to show who or what is the object of a verb.
Correct: I feel great about it.
Incorrect: I great feel about it/ Feel I great about it / Great I feel about it
Correct: I threw the ball to you.
Incorrect: I threw to you the ball / the ball I threw to you
3. You have to pay attention to commonly used phrases/chunks of language used within certain contexts.
Example: Talking about financial markets -- Global markets /International markets/World markets
Incorrect: Earth markets /Planet markets
4. You have to be able to describe things, people, and ideas, and be able to tell stories about them, give your opinions about them that are relevant to the story, and also try to persuade and question the listener about your story and opinions.
Example: (I show you a picture of a common red apple found in grocery stores/supermarkets in the US)
You respond: (describe) It's a shiny, red apple; I believe they are called red delicious apples officially.
(story) I usually buy these apples when I go to the store because they are cheap.
(opinion related to the story) I think they taste okay, but I prefer the more expensive Fuji apples *from time to time*. In fact, I wish I had one of them to eat right now.
(persuasion and question) If I were you, I would buy Fuji apples for special occasions, but I recommend red delicious apples if you want to eat apples everyday. Does that make sense? What do you think?
5. Notice nuances/small differences in the patterns of the language (grammar).
I didn't (did not) do it vs I haven't (have not) done it.
When there is a time marker, like yesterday, you use didn't.
I didn't do it yesterday. = correct
I haven't done it yesterday. = incorrect
With "since" you use have and can use timer marker words like yesterday.
I haven't done it since yesterday = correct
I didn't do it since yesterday = incorrect
Knowing you can use the past tense when telling a story and also the present tense:
Yesterday, this guy came up to me and said, "Don't park here."
Yesterday, this guy comes up to me and says, "Don't park here."
The story is the same, but the story told in present tense sounds more exciting because we are placing the listener at the scene of the story.
Fun Vocabulary Facts from http://testyourvocab.com/blog/2013-05-10-Summary-of-results
Most adult native test-takers range from 20,000–35,000 words
Average native test-takers of age 8 already know 10,000 words
Average native test-takers of age 4 already know 5,000 words
The most common vocabulary size for foreign test-takers is 4,500 words
Foreign test-takers tend to reach over 10,000 words by living abroad
A 30 Hour Teaching Business English Certificate, a course which focused on teaching general business and English for specific purposes (ESP) business , Accredited by TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) and ACDL (Accreditation Council for Distance Learning) See here https://premiertefl.com/accreditation/
A 30 Hour Teaching English Online Course, a course which focused on teaching online students, Accredited by TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) and ACDL (Accreditation Council for Distance Learning) See here https://premiertefl.com/accreditation/
A 30 Hour Advanced Grammar for English Teachers Certificate, Accredited by TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) and ACDL (Accreditation Council for Distance Learning) See here https://premiertefl.com/accreditation/
2017 - 2017
Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners