I base my classes on my students needs, every student is different and will need to be challenged and supported in different ways. I think it is importable to be knowledgeable about your subject, but also take time getting to know my students and make learning fun for them.
Qualified English teacher, with experience and training in learning support for students who need assitance with academic writing, presentations etc, and with students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. I currently tutor a student studying a foundation degree in Health and Social Care, and another studying A-Level English who need help with research, and how to plan, structure, write, and proofread essays, and give presentations.
If I need to travel to the learner outside of the PL1 postcode, there will be a £3 surcharge on the lesson to cover travel costs.
I am experienced in learning support and have supported learners with specific learning needs such as dyslexia, and ADHD, as well as learners with a wide range of disabilities, and barriers to learning such as behavioral problems, addiction, and mental health issues.
Education and Training
2017 CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Learning and Development (in progress)
2017 Information Advice and Guidance Level 2
2017 LEAP Conflict Management Training
2017 Child Protection Course, Plymouth City Council
2015 IELTS teaching and invigilator training, Princess Nourah University, KSA
2013 CELTA (PASS), St. Giles International, Brighton, UK
2013 British Council English Language Teacher Graduate Program, London, UK
2012 BA Hons in Social Anthropology and International Development (2:1), University of Sussex, UK
2008 Compass and Compassito Human Rights Educator Training, BNYCPT, Bulgaria
Relevant Professional Experience
English, Employability and PSD Lecturer
Weston College, 01/17 -
Teaching and developing EFL courses and resettlement and employment courses (City and Guilds) for adult learners, supporting learners with learning difficulties in class and on a one to one basis
MBM Training, Liverpool 11/17 –
Working as a trainer on Erasmus+ European training projects. Planning and preparing training and materials, delivering training in informal learning. Delivering training in the UK and abroad, working on multi lateral projects. Working with other NGO partners and sharing best practice, disseminating information. Workshops and training sessions will include using LEGO and drones to promote creativity in the classroom, Human Rights Education etc.
Education and Training Project Coordinator 06/16 – ongoing
Open Hearts Open Borders UK
Working with a community refugee organization to design, create, and establish an education and training project to provide community education, and also to create specialized training for professionals who work with refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants e.g. equality and diversity training, data protection in small communities etc. Building a project from scratch, networking with schools, creating partners, seeking funders, taking the project from pilot onwards. Working and facilitating workshops for children and refugees and asylum seekers.
EOSL Teacher 06/14 – 06/17
Mayflower College, Plymouth, UK
Working full time as an EFL teacher in a language school training teachers of English, and providing business English to corporate clients, and English for Specific Purposes to other professionals e.g. pilots, nurses, air traffic controllers etc. Teaching general English, and IELTS English to a range of students. Working with migrants and refugees/asylum seekers.
ESOL Teacher 10/15 – 01/16
Apollo English, Hanoi, Vietnam
Working full time as an ESL teacher, teaching primarily Vietnamese students from kindergarten through to teens. Planning creative lessons using music, songs, films, Interactive white boards, games, and Western culture. Assisting in the Apollo Vietnam CSR project, developing low-tech training materials for teachers in under resourced schools in rural Vietnam, and for Vietnamese tutors for their 1:1 tuition classes. Teaching corporate clients off site.
ESL Lecturer – Preparatory Year Program 01/14 – 06/15
Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University, Riyadh, KSA
Lecturing in English at an all-female, government run University in Saudi Arabia. Working in a way that is sensitive to local culture and values, and designing and implementing culturally sensitive lessons for example not using music and film in class. Designing and leading brown bag teacher training sessions for colleagues on the use of games, tools for creativity in the classroom, teaching the IELTS exam, and cultural understanding. Attending and assisting in other trainings and workshops. Assisting with the teacher support drop-in center. Living and working in a changing and highly sensitive environment. Having a respect and understanding of Islam. Use of basic Arabic.
Social Program Coordinator 04/13 – 10/13
University of Sussex International Summer School
Planning, developing and delivering a program of culturally enriching social activities for international summer school students from over 30 different countries. Devising and delivering trip leader training, to prepare staff for emergencies, understand best practice guidelines, to follow risk assessments, and to feel able and prepared to lead trips. I also designed and led workshops to prepare staff for specific events such as a pub crawl where we had in excess of 400 students aged 18+ visit 6 different venues in Brighton. Staff were trained to check the health and welfare of the students throughout the event, and prepared to administer first aid, and how to act in different situations.
Learning Support Tutor 2012-2013
City College, Plymouth
Assisting and supporting students with complex, specific learning, behavioural difficulties, and disabilities on a range of academic and vocational courses. Assisting in class and in a 1:1 basis.
Volunteer English and Human Rights Teacher 03/08 – 09/08
EVS: Bulgarian Network for Child and Youth Trafficking Prevention (BNCYTP), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Assisting and training local English teachers in partner schools. I also trained as a Compass and Compassito Human Rights Education trainer, where I trained local volunteers to teach Human Rights Education. I was also trained in many other techniques for social change such as Augusto Baol’s Forum Theatre which I still use in my training sessions today. I also trained national and international NGO’s and community activists in my organization’s area of work, child and human trafficking prevention and Migrant Rights awareness at both national and international youth workshops and conferences. Volunteering for a small organization in a LEDC I also had to respond to the organization’s needs and be flexible, for example assisting with painting school rooms, events, and working with national and local media. I worked primarily with Roma and Migrant youth during this time.
Mental Health and Self Exploration for Young People Course Facilitator 08/05 - 06/06
Volunteer at the Safespace Project, Plymouth and District MIND Association
Assisting in developing and facilitating an informal education course in mental health awareness for young people aged 15-21, teaching in schools, colleges and universities in the Devon and Cornwall region. Assisting in the training of new volunteers. Using non-formal assessment methods such as learning journals, and teaching through play, debate, art, and meditations.
“Sarah is a very good English teacher. I had face to face lessons with her. I work in the construction industry and wanted to improve my English for this as I work with people from different countries and we communicate in English. She helped me a lot to improve my speaking confidence and vocabulary. I also learned technical vocabulary for my work. She helps me to understand some differences in business culture in the West. She made studying very fun and gave me a lot of praise and feedback. Since I improve my English with Sarah I got a promotion at work. I would recommend Sarah to anyone. She is very friendly, patient and funny. Thank you Sarah.” Asad Javed, Saudi Arabia
Sarah is the best teacher I’ve ever had! She is always well prepared and enthusiastic. She helped me with IELTS preparation, I got a 7.5 overall which literally changed my life - now I am studying in the UK!
I definitely recommend Sarah she’s been teaching me for the last 4 years. She is brilliant always on time and the price charged for the lessons are extremely reasonable.
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