If you want to learn or improve your English, you should always use a fully qualified teacher; just because someone is a native speaker doesn't mean they know how the language really works or how to teach it efficiently.
I am a Diploma level qualified teacher with many years experience and use proven, contemporary teaching methods. Based near Ferreira de Panton in Galicia and I can provide lessons in the surrounding area from Ourense to Monforte de Lemos, as well as lessons over the internet using Skype. A 300Mbs satellite connection ensures a high quality experience.
Get in touch by emailing tim at elprofesoringles dot com
- BA Honours Degree, Liverpool University
- RSA Cambridge Certificate, Leeds University
- RSA Cambridge Diploma, IH Barcelona
I have taught English at a number of universities and academies including:
- International House, Bilbao
- British Council, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
- British Council, Barcelona
- Edith Cowan University, Perth
- London School of Economics, London
- Australian School of English, Sydney
- Charles Darwin University, Darwin
Teaching influences and approaches
I have been highly influenced by practitioners such as Thornbury, having studied the Diploma under his tuition and often use methods which promote "noticing" such as reformulation and reconstruction. This tallies with my interest in the development of critical thinking skills, especially the use of the tools developed by Edward de Bono such as Lateral Thinking and Six Thinking Hats.
I combine a communicative approach with a measure of Task Based Learning (as promoted by Willis et al) and believe lessons should be relevant to the student: indeed I believe that the most valuable resource a teacher has in their classroom is their students. I take an interest in a student's personality and interests, assess their "learner type" and style, and plan sessions appropriately. I also have the experience to know when a session should flow and develop naturally according to an individual or groups' needs or direction.
My aim is never to "pour knowledge" but to develop an individual's learning skills and enable them to become a better independent learner. Whenever possible I avoid a "chalk and talk" approach.