My name is Tim and I hope to help you with your English language needs.
I am English by birth but a naturalized Australian.
After graduating from university I studied the Cambridge RSA Certificate in TEFL at Leeds Metropolitan University. I was very fortunate to get my first teaching job at International House in Bilbao, where I learnt to become a better teacher and what makes a good English academy.
I then moved to Hong Kong teaching academic and business English at the British Council and local universities . Later I became a research assistant at one of the universities where I developed materials for interactive DVDs; this may sound strange now but in the mid-nineties working on such platforms was groundbreaking work.
After Hong Kong I moved to Sydney and was again fortunate to work at an exceptional private academy: the Australian College of English had schools in Manly and Bondi Beach. I taught in Manly in a classroom overlooking the Pacific Ocean; one of the biggest problems was students being distracted by whales swimming along the horizon. My classes were multi-lingual and ranged from lower-intermediate to advanced including exam preparation courses. Such were the high standards of management, facilities and teaching the college won a national export award from the Australian federal government.
In 1998 I began studying the Cambridge RSA Diploma at International House in Barcelona. This qualification is far deeper and broader in its intellectual and pedagogical scope than the Certificate and is known within the EFL/ESL industry as being far more comprehensive and challenging than the Certificate. During this time I also taught at the British Council and ran a professional development course for state school English teachers focusing on classroom dynamics.
Returning to Australia I worked for a number of universities in Melbourne and Darwin, teaching mainly IELTS exam preparation to multi-lingual classes before moving into vocational training (which is a significant educational sector in Australia). I wrote national reports on Language Literacy and Numeracy, developed an online numeracy resource for trainee electricians and was the Executive Officer for Major Industries Training Advisory Council for the Northern Territory. This role involved the administration and management of the organisation, financial responsibilities and to provide strategic advice on training needs to the NT Government.
During this time I also became an accredited Edward de Bono trainer in the thinking tools known as Six Thinking Hats. I also do work as a freelance designer and web-site developer. I have been interested in environmental and ecological issues since I was a child and I have won awards for short animated films raising awareness of these issues.
I look forward to sharing my skills, knowledge and experience to help your English and improve your study skills.