British teacher, 30 years experience

” Students are like flowers and plants in a garden.  All you can do is provide them with the right conditions to grow. Give them enough water. Make sure they have enough sunlight. But it is them who grow, on their own, if they feel comfortable and ready to do so.  You cannot “pull” plants and flowers out from the ground and try to “stretch” them up towards the sky. You will only snap their stems, this way. “

 

 

I’ve been teaching since I was in my early 20’s doing my French degree in Brittany, France. I trained in tough technical colleges and secondary schools in France and later in Ireland and Poland. I decided to do my Cambridge CELTA qualification in 2000 and in the same year completed my MA in Multimedia and Video Production at Huddersfield Univeristy. I then went to live and work in Moscow in the cold February of 2005 where I learned Russian and spent the most interesting years of my life teaching business English in banks and big companies until I decided to become a self-employed  private tutor and worked for myself . I left Moscow to come to Nicaragua with Masha in 2014, after a 3-month stay in her home city of San Francisco.

 

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  • Cambridge CELTA qualified British teacher with 30 years experience.
  • Study  for school exams.
  • Study for Cambridge exams  (FCE, IELTS, CPE, CAE).
  • Prepare for living, studying and working abroad.
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Business English, using Market Leader program.
  • Thirty years of experience teaching  children and adults through drama, storytelling and music.
  • Homework checking.
  • Library/ archive of audio-visual materials for students.
  • English through film. (See ‘Film Clip Library‘).

 

 

Since coming to Nicaragua in 2014,  I have mainly been teaching  online by Skype, but sometimes give classes to our neighbours.  Since the Coronavirus epidemic started, these classes have stopped and online teaching has become the norm. This applies not only to me, but to my Chinese students also, who have also been taking most of their classes online while their schools were closed.  I am proud of my students, they have to work much harder than I ever did when I was at school. In fact, compared to Chinese children, my schooldays seem like some kind of paradise.  The competition for university places and jobs is so high, that from an early age they are measured by their exam performance and results. Perhaps this is why I am kind to them and  try to make their classes something they look forward to rather than worry about and fear.  I treat all my students as individuals and for each of them try to find the key to unlock their interest.  Some of them are intellectually and academically gifted and manage to have full social lives and hobbies while remaining happy and cheerful. Others have to work harder and have less time for play but for all of them I try to combine study with genuine communication.  Lessons will usually contain some reading, some listening, some grammar and as much speaking as possible. Some students have never done homework for me because their parents felt their school workload was already too great. Others do some grammar exercises which I mark and send back to them.  It is true that the emphasis in their school lives is more on results and tests, but in my lessons the emphasis is more on the process.