I creating exciting and engaging lessons to motivate my students and help them to learn effectively. I believe in constructing interesting lessons that will make students excited to learn English by using effective teaching methods. I've had huge success in inspiring my students with authentic teaching materials and assisting them in exploring their own creativity. I enjoy being creative and am always keen to use this creativity to create stimulating lessons to inspire a student.
I first started teaching creative writing five years ago. I loved it so much that I started to teach students from all over the world online. I have students in England, in Russia and even in deepest, darkest Africa. If you have an internet connection and a desire to learn, I will teach you. I also teach creative writing skills to teens and adults. My aim is to not only provide the skills necessary to write expressive poetry or essays, but also to give my students enough confidence to share their creative work with others.
TEFL Certificate - The TEFL Academy, UK
- Create lessons for a variety of levels from pre-intermediate to
- Teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing
- Material & resource creation, utilizing the internet
- English grammar and how to teach the essential language
- Needs analysis and teaching in different situations
- Classroom management and teaching techniques
EDUCATION AND COURSES
2017 The TEFL Academy UK EFL with distinction
1989 Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit BA Communication and Journalism
1988 South Natal High School Higher Grade Matric
RELEVANT TEACHING EXPERIENCE
I am currently teaching creative writing to teenagers and young adults. I make use of creative and exciting teaching methods to keep my classes interesting and productive. I've had huge success in inspiring my students with authentic teaching materials and assisting them in exploring their own creativity.
I teach English vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking online to students across the globe.
As an editor I worked with journalism interns and young journalists, assisting them in applying theories they have been taught academically. I found guiding them in to their new profession very rewarding.
January 2015 - Freelance journalist and teaching creative writing classes.
April 2007 - November 2015 Media24, Beeld: Senior Sub Editor.
Editing, writing, typography, international wires.
October 2005 - March 2008 Media24, Son: Editor
Managing editorial staff, training of interns and junior
April 2001 - September 2005 Caxton Publications, Vrouekeur: Article Editor
Managing journalists, editing, rewriting and training.
September 2000 - March 2001 Caxton Publications, Roodepoort Record: Journalist
January 1997 - July 2000 Freelance travel writer for South African magazines
Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Cypress, Swaziland, Mozambique
and travel destinations in the rest of Southern Africa.
April 1995 - November 1996 SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation):
Assisting with various actuality and travel programmes.
May 1993 - February 1995 Newco Human Resources: Junior Translator
Translating educational children's books from English to
January 1991 - April 1993 The Avenue: Junior Reporter
Reporting on arts and culture.
I have traveled extensively in my life, both as a journalist but also for the wonderful experiences and I enjoy meeting new people and learning about different cultures.
I love art and music and have written three plays, produced and directed them myself. All three my plays were performed at art festivals and small theatres in South Africa.
I enjoy nature and love hiking. I garden and have an extensive knowledge of South African indigenous flora.
Estee has a warm and empathic personality and she immediately makes you feel calm and relaxed. I love her classes, because she really listens to the needs of her students. She gave me a lot of language confidence and made every lesson interesting. I learned a lot from her and will recommend her as a teacher to anyone, young and old.
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