Generally, I use a phonetics based approach to my teaching which involves teaching mouth positions for all the sounds of English, connected speech processed, as well as stress and intonation. But, in addition, my valuable students make every class different and unique for me - classes are tailor made and relevant materials are provided. Your experience with me is of uber importance so I take into account your learning style, pace and goals to help me perfect the sessions. What works for one student, will not necessary work for another so i see it as as prerogative that I pay attention to all these details to help my clients achieve their potential.
Please note that I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Lessons cancelled or changed within this period will be charged.
I've been in the field of phonetics and pronunciation for over 10 years and have been teaching professionally since 2011. Both teaching and phonetics are a great passion so I thoroughly enjoy my day job and do my utmost in meeting my clients' needs. I have experience in working with students from a huge range of language backgrounds, (including Latin and Eastern European, East and South Asian, Arabic and African languages) and I'm continuously growing my portfolio. Seeing my clients blossom in confidence due to their new found ability to communicate clearly is an absolute delight.
I enjoy travelling for my job and so far have travelled to Qatar to teach a private course, Germany to teach a group intensive course and Spain to run a teacher training programme for an English department.
I am a positive, responsible and enthusiastic individual who is target driven and very motivated in all aspects of my work. I am articulate and very student-focused with valuable experience in the field of pronunciation totalling more than 10 years. I have excellent interpersonal skills having interacted with people of all ages and backgrounds with the greatest degree of professionalism and personal integrity. Following the knowledge and practical skills gained through my studies and employment I am seeking to expand my client base and both in London and internationally. I am self-aware always seeking to learn and grow and develop my skills to an exceptional standard. I am dedicated and do my utmost best in all that I face.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATION:
Oct 2010 - Nov 2010 International House London
CELTA - Pass B
Sept 2008 – Sept 2009 University College London
Sep 2005 – July 2008 University of Westminster
BA English Language and Linguistics – First Class Honours
May 2007 - UCL
International Phonetics Association (IPA) certificate
2005 - ELG Interface
OCN accreditation (level 3)
Sept 2003 – 2005 Newham Sixth Form College, Plaistow
English Language (grade A), Mathematics (grade B) and Biology (grade B)
Sept 1998 - June 2003 Stratford GMS School, Upton Lane, London, E7 9PR
• Reliable and practical
• Excellent communicator and listener
• Hard working and trustworthy
• Enthusiastic and a motivating individual
• Creative and innovative
• Co-operative team member who can also work well alone
• Self disciplined
• Excellent time-management skills
• I thrive to learn new skills and adapt to new working environments
Additionally, I can speak fluent English and Gujarati, as well as Urdu. Other skills include: customer service skills, cash handling skills, IT skills (MS Office, multimedia software).
Mar 2011 – Present: English Pronunciation Teacher (Pronunciation Studio, Holborn, UK)
Teaching English pronunciation to speakers of a high level.
Training ESL teachers the skills of teaching pronunciation as well as phonetic theory.
As part of the management team, ensuring the smooth running of the business through various admin duties.
Exhibiting at events such as the Language Show to promote the service to a wider audience.
Creating materials to target challenging issues faced by clients.
OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:
Sept 2017: Pronunciation Teacher Training (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
Feb 2016: Individual Pronunciation Course (Doha, Qatar)
Feb 2014: Group Pronunciation Course (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)
PREVIOUS RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
Jan 2011 – July 2011: English Teacher (Kaplan International Colleges, Covent Garden, UK).
Teaching General English to students of a range of ages and nationalities at various levels.
Teaching additional skills based lessons, based on speaking and pronunciation.
To prepare students for tests and provide individual student reports to demonstrate progress.
To be part of a united and cooperative network of teachers to ensure effective and successful teaching.
To be observed and appraised, as well as participating in training sessions to ensure maximum development.
June 2009 – October 2010: Lead Mentor and Admin assistant (ELG Interface, Beckton UK).
Additional to the role below this job involved:
Supervising mentors doing Open College Networks (OCN) portfolios and training new volunteers.
Helping create new programmes or adapt current programmes to meet demand.
Leading and/or teaching groups of students as well as working with individuals on a one-to-one basis.
Managing a FilmClub at the centre, which use of own initiative and determination.
Being responsible for the running of an educational website for three of our centres.
Working to develop ways of mapping students’ individual progress for reports.
Working with adults in Family Learning courses which have been my inspiration to doing the CELTA.
Assisting in recruiting new volunteers and mentors.
Organising events for both staff and students.
Liaising with schools and maintaining good relations.
Sept 2005 – May 2009: Mentor (East London Gymnasium Interface), Beckton, UK.
My job involved working with other mentors to assist the main teacher in supporting and leading groups of primary to secondary school pupils in after-school club activities. The aim of the programme is to raise achievement standards of young pupils in areas of numeracy, literacy, ICT and key skills through a fun and exciting learning environment. The role also involved doing demonstrations, setting relevant targets for children and preparing materials for different audiences and writing student reports.
I have received a mentoring with excellence award.
I have been given a Jack Petchey Youth Leadership award.
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