In our first lesson, we'll talk about what you want to achieve, and find a starting point for you according to your skill levels. Then, depending on your requirements as a student, my lessons are usually made up of four sections: formal training, free conversation, reading and essay writing. Each lesson can be made up of (usually) two of these components, according to your goals.
I have plenty of experience in online teaching, and really enjoy seeing my students going from strength-to-strength. I was born and raised in South Africa which was a British colony for centuries and where English is the national language, I have no accent (i.e. a neutral accent).
P E R S O N A L
I N F O R M A T ION
NATIONALITY South African.
NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER Neutral accent.
CURRENT LOCATION Johannesburg, South Africa. Time zone GMT +2 hours (CAT Zone).
However available 24/7 and will adjust personal schedule to meet
learner requirements as needed.
INTERNET CONNECTION 10Mb download, 10Mb upload speed. Fibre and wireless connection.
TEACHING EQUIPMENT Acer laptop, 2.9GHz, 8Gb memory, 22” screen. Logitech videocam.
HP mike and headphone set.
INTRODUCTION VIDEO Please view on You Tube or download from Dropbox.
Q U A I F I C A T IO N S
TEFL/TESOL CERTIFICATION Internationally recognized certificate number TE1168- 1035.
OTHER COURSES Institute of Marketing Management; Post-MBA Negotiation Skills, many others.
T R A I N I N G
E X P E R I E N C E
1 YEAR 2 MONTHS Preply and Native Camp: ESL training for students, from many countries.
Free speech, grammar and pronunciation correction.
4 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS IBM: Training staff in Cobol, DOS and MVS mainframe operating systems.
2 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS CIM Deltak: Computer-based training for government and private institutions.
Subjects included computing, IT networking, manufacturing systems,
personal skills development.
5 YEARS, 9 MONTHS Rank Xerox: Personal skills development and sales training
e.g. Transcendental Analysis, Account Development Strategies,
Professional Selling Skills etc.
I N T E R E S T S
A N D A C T I V I T I E S Hiking.
Formerly did long distance running: 13x full 42,2km marathons and the
Comrades Marathon – 88,7km (finished in under 10x hours).
M Y P R O F I L E In my working career spanning the last 40+ years I have earned a wide and comprehensive range of experiences and knowledge, which I look forward to bringing to the “classroom” as an ESL teacher to your students. The learners I coached when working with Native Camp (online ESL teaching) were highly responsive to the approach taken with ESL learning and we developed a solid communication from the start. I look forward to working with your learners and your materials to continue this positive trend in education.
When I think back on the archaic education methods used when I was at school, I shudder. There were so many students who never came close to realizing their full potential – and I’m really grateful that today’s learners can only go from strength to strength. I am proud to be a part of this revolution and evolution.
Looking forward to moving into the future with you.
I have known Mark personally and professionally since 1990, and know too of his career achievements in the decades prior to that. Mark is a principled person of high integrity and has a strong work ethic. In earlier times Mark gave tutorials on various IT (information technology) products that he was manager for. His command of the English language is flawless.
Mark is a great teacher, he’s helping me with the whole set of English learning skills. We practice writing, reading and speaking skills every lesson. I feel very confident and for the first time, I can see my progress on learning English. Furthermore, Mark is very patient and also a friendly person, our lessons are so fun. I recommend him.
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