Hi, I'm Nigel. A native English speaker from England. Currently, I'm living in Guatemala (GMT - 6) I work flexible hours which includes evenings and weekends local time.
My approach to teaching English follows some very effective principles which includes using Task Based Learning.
This is ideally suited to the online student because you'll be learning on a one to one basis rather than in a classroom with lots of other students.
The benefit of this approach is that lessons can be tailored very accurately to you, the student.
If you work in customer service, I would structure the lessons around the goals that you have and the language learning outcomes that you desire.
This could mean incorporating role play exercises into the lessons, where I play the customer and you deal with my issues in English.
There's a structure and build up to this that works for almost any desired outcome.
However, task based learning is a really fun way to learn English quickly and easily.
I became a sailplane flying instructor when I was just 17 years old. Soon after I gained a professional rating and discovered that I loved teaching. I also spent many years teaching music (percussion). I think it's one of those vocations that you either love or you hate. For me, seeing students make progress is a real reward.
Teaching English and business English is a real joy, as I can see the students rapid progress and joy they get from it. Learning English should be fun and I endeavour to make it so.
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First of all, I conduct a needs analysis to identify the goals and aspirations of prospective students.
I then design a bespoke course made up with relevant materials and exercises.
Prior to taking on a student, I conduct a short interview to ensure that the students current level of English is adequate to meets the goals and required outcomes he or she desires.
I have a wealth of experience in teaching specialised subjects such as aviation, that I have easily transferred to teaching English as a second language.
I first started teaching as a sailplane instructor when I was just 17 years old. I completed a course in teaching skills and I quickly obtained a professional rating after that.
I have worked with students from all age groups and backgrounds over the years. My course in business English does however require intermediate level English as a minimum. This is because students with lower levels of attainment are likely to find the material challenging.
As a student, you need to ensure that course material is accurately targeting your needs and aspirations. Only then can you be sure that you will meet your goals and desired outcomes.
Again, as a student, you have to consider carefully what your goals are in learning English. What are your aspirations and what are your desired outcomes?
For example: Are you learning to achieve a career move or promotion?
Are you trying to learn English for a specific reason? What would that be?
Many questions are possible here, but you need to know why you are learning and what goals you wish to meet.