Highly Experienced & Qualified, English Teacher
I have been teaching English since 2000, both to native and non-native speakers.
I began my teaching career in Montpellier, France, with 'ACB Langues et Traduction'. During this time, I taught professional English in a corporate context 1-1 and to small groups. On my return to England, I trained and qualified as an English teacher in the Further Education Sector, passing my Certificate in Education in 2011. During my training, and since that time, I have taught level 3 English Language and Literature to mature students, English for Speakers of Other Langauges (ESOL - all levels), and Functional Skills English (all levels) at Accrington and Rossendale College, in Lancashire. During the 2013/14 academic year, I have held the position of English Lecturer/Assessor for Functional Skills and GCSE.
I have always ensured that my learners' needs come first in any teaching I have been engaged in. A key factor in inspirational language teaching is encouraging and nurturing self-belief and confidence in the area of study. I have the experience of having learned and mastered a second language, dabbled in a couple of others, and I am currently learning Spanish. I therefore understand the challenges associated with not feeling proficient in communication. I know what worked for me, and I am keen to help students discover what works for them. My experience is that my own passion for discovering/developing strategies which work for the individual student is infectious and it works!
I am structured in my approach, without being rigid. I take teaching seriously, yet believe that learning is most effective in a relaxed atmosphere of trust.
At home with my wife and our three sons, we speak French and English and we are learning Spanish together.