To motivate my students to learn English, I need to make sure they enjoy their English classes and are interested in the topic
Using authentic materials for teaching purposes gives students the opportunity to have a direct experience of the real, live language as well as to learn some of the socio-cultural aspects contained in the language itself.
As they will be using the same resources as native speakers do, students are likely to feel more motivated to progress further in the study of the language.
To improve their listening skills, the students could listen to a song, that had been previously selected, and fill the gaps of the lyrics in their worksheets.
Role plays is another good way for students to immerse themselves in the context and practice their speaking skills.
As a teacher, I’d definitely encourage my students to work in pairs or teams and use the English language as much as possible.
In my teaching experience, I feel quite comfortable with the teaching method called PPP, presentation, practice and production, because it is relatively easy to follow.
An ideal extra-curricular activity, suitable for young students, is treasure hunt.
Divided in small teams, each participant receives a map with some hints in English that will lead them closer to the solution of the game.
The solution could be in the form of a sentence that the students should be able to make up by putting together the different clues they gather along the hunt.
An alternative activity could be organising a football or volleyball match, provided that the players only speak English among them.
I’d definitely bring with me some flashcards, because they represent a valid plan B to keep the students busy, and a small ball, that might work well as an icebreaker, along with many markers, pens and pencils.
I attended a linguistic high school in Italy and never missed a chance to study a foreign language since then. During my University studies, I used to provide with private tuition to help young students with their homework, and the subjects usually included English, Italian and Latin.
Shortly after graduating with a Master degree in International Relations in 2010, I was among the winners of a programme, organised by the Italian Foreign Office, to work as an intern at the Italian Institute of Culture of Pretoria, the cultural office of the Italian Embassy in South Africa.
Among my responsibilities, I organised, promoted and delivered a basic course of Italian to a small group of South African students who wanted to attend a study programme in Italy.
April 2019 – currently
May 2018 – March 2019
May 2017 -‐ Dec 2017
Sept 2016 – March 2017
Jan 2015 – Aug 2016
TEFL teacher, Amurt, Liverpool
-‐ I currently teach English to a group of adults of different nationalities. As most of my students are beginners, my classes’ goals focus on meaning, form and pronunciation.
Payroll Administrator, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Chester
-‐ Undertaking complex checking, coding and calculations and information processing activities in order to ensure accuracy and the maintenance of financial and operational systems
-‐ Operating and maintaining schedules, records and systems for payroll and recruitment team, to ensure ESC admin process is carried out effectively and efficiently
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-‐ providing solutions to HR related enquiries to employees, managers and HRs
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-‐ Organising study programmes and assisting teachers during the lessons
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-‐ Providing solutions to HR and payroll related enquiries and recording personnel’s absences
-‐ Advising employees on labour law procedures and liaising with HR Business Partners Oct 2011 – Sep 2014
May 2011 – Sep 2011
Apr 2010 – Dec 2010
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-‐ Assisting passengers over the phone to navigate the airline’s website, creating/ amending bookings, processing refunds
-‐ Liaising with airport personnel, travel agents and other airlines’ representatives
Intern, Italian Embassy of Pretoria, South Africa
-‐ delivered a beginner level course of Italian to a small class of South African adults
-‐ assisted with the selection of South African candidates to allocate study bursaries in Italy
-‐ collaborated with international artists for the opening of the 2011 Pretoria Art Museum Show
Insurance advisor, Genertel, Trieste, Italy
-‐ Promoting household policies to existing members of the Insurance Company
-‐ Quoting and customise household policies offering the highest level of assistance
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