I work using modern communicative language methodology with student centered lessons which are carefully planned to be responsive to learner needs and focused on developing language knowledge and all four language skills . All lessons are based on combining useful and relevant input with maximum practice by the learners.
I am well able to make principled use of all the latest learning technologies
I have been working as A TEFL/TESOL teacher and CELTA trainer for over 20 years to adult students of all levels and young learners of all ages. I am also a qualified TYLEC trainer and IELTS examiner.
I have worked in countries all over the world and as well as teaching have worked in materials development and the creation of bespoke courses.
Recent work experience
2008 to 2012 - Teacher and Trainer. British Council, Bogota , Colombia
During this period – 2008 and 2009 worked as Coordinator for the
Colombia Bi-Lingue Project with the Colombian Ministry of Education
training English teachers in the Colombian State School sector in
English teaching methodology.
Worked on consultancies
Delivered CELTA course, DELTA orientation courses ICELT courses
and Teacher development courses carried out CELTA assessments in
Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba and México .
2012 to 2015 – Branch Manager – British Council. Medellin, Colombia.
2015 to 2017 – Teacher and Coordinator Adult Courses . British Council, Bogota. In 2016 and 2017 I also prepared and delivered sessions the Trinity TYLEC course for training teachers of Young Learners.
February 2018 to July 2019
Senior Teacher Training , British Council, Agouza , Cairo.
As Senior Teacher at the British Council Cairo among other training and mentoring duties , worked on;
1 The Teacher Support Programme for teachers immediately post CELTA.
2 Worked on two CELTA courses as ACT , worked on CELTA admin and worked on several courses as input tutor
3 Worked on two TYLEC courses
4 Worked on a DELTA orientation course
5 Worked as DELTA Local tutor for two tutees
6 Worked on a training project for Egyptian teachers of English in the state sector.
July - August 2019 - ACT on intensive CELTA course British Side
October 2019 to September 2020 - Worked on 7 CELTA courses , 3 as
MCT for CAIC Training Singapore .
ON LINE EXPERIENCE
2012 TO 2018 - Worked as on line tutor on 3 blended CELTA courses in Medellin, Colombia , Bogota Colombia and Caracas , Venezuela all for the British Council .
April 2020 - Tutoring on 2 part time courses one as MCT one as ACT at CAIC Singapore . Both course moved on- line at around the halfway point and were successfully completed.
Since then have worked as ACT on 2 more on two more on- line courses at CAIC Singapore
MCT on a course which has just finished at British Side , Istanbul.
July 30th 2020 - Completed assessment of on line course at International House , Budapest Hungary .
1 For latest end of year evaluation please contact Iman Diaa, Head of
Training , British Council, Agouza Cairo
2 Sejal Mandalia – Senior Teacher Young Learners Brtiish Council,
Agouza , Cairo. (concealed information)
3 Nicholas Lidwell - Teacher and CELTA/DELTA tutor – International
International House. London UK.
4 Orlando Delgado Mata - Director International House. Mexico.
Hello, I am Lesli Grace Medina, a primary school teacher at Etonhouse Broadrick, Singapore. I have 15 years of experience working in elementary-level education and have attended several professional development through the years.
During my CELTA training with Mr Thomas Rickman as our instructor and trainer, he displayed professionalism in managing the classroom, teaching concepts to all learning styles and developing a genuine love of learning and teaching in his students.
It's not just his teaching skills that impress me, however. Mr Thomas Rickman was also a joy to learn from because of his positive attitude and friendly demeanor. His commitment and years of experience were also necessary and valued not just by myself, but also by his co-teachers and other members of our cohort as well.
I am absolutely confident that Mr Thomas Rickman would be a great fit for your organisation. Not only will he bring the kind of skills and experiences you're looking for in an applicant, but he will also quickly become an asset and help both your institution and your students grow in any way he can.
I was a CELTA trainee tutored by Thomas Rickman in August 20. It was supposed to be blended classes but were eventually taken online due to the Covid restrictions in Singapore. Needless to say, the course was intense and quite a few of us, technologically-challenged trainees, struggled initially to stay on course. However, we managed to adapt quickly with the help of Thomas who put in the extra time and effort to guide and counsel us, tirelessly without showing any judgement or impatience. I passed. So did the whole class. I've learnt loads; beyond textbooks and whatever proven methodologies. The most important of which is to be genuinely caring. I look up to Thomas and hope for him to be able to continue inspiring and bringing out the best qualities in any student.
As a tutor and as a person I value Tom with the highest regard.
He has taught me many things during the CELTA course in such a small amount of time and will always have my gratitude for the experience.
I sincerely wish him all the best and hope he can start teaching for you, it is a decision you will not regret!
He was my tutor during Celta course which I took during this summer. He had amazing and extraordinary language activities. He convinced me that I can teach even with online lessons and have fun. He should touch more people’ s life to be able to share his creative methods.
To sum up, Tom gave me noting less than the best. He made sure I performed - not even passed. His standard is beyond my expectations and I felt humbled under him.
If I were to pick a tutor for myself again, it would not be any Tom but Tom Rickman
Way to go Tom!
I'm Tirkish Baymyradov from Istanbul Gelisim University.
Thomas Rickman was our Celta tutor this past summer.
He was the best teacher I've ever seen. After his teaching sessions, I recommended the course to my colleague, and she also registered to Celta.
Thomas will not only teach English and how to teach it, but he will also show how to cooperate with students rather than dictating them what to do. He will win students' hearts. Moreover, that passionate students will invite their circles to your course, which will help language course businesses to thrive. He is a true leader who inspires his students. I remember that most of our students were looking forward to our lessons because they were actively participating in the activities, and we achieved it via Tom's guidance.
I strongly recommend Thomas for both positions: an English course teacher and tutor of ELT teachers. I bet Tom is going to be your best investment so far.
I'd like to recommend Tom to your institute as he's a very creative and knowledgeable trainer who understands how to bring out the best in his students.
Tom has various interesting, fun methods to teach his students as well as has an ability to give both honest positive and negative feedback to his students to help them develop their teaching skills in a professional manner.
As an experienced language teacher myself, I have improved my teaching method magnificently after I was trained by him in December 2019.. He certainly had opened my eyes to a new aspect of teaching that it isn't just about a teacher talking and teaching in front of a class.
Tom Rickman was my trainer during my time on the CELTA. I remember Tom taking the time to guide and assists us in our teaching, even outside of the official hours. I really appreciated that. He was clear and consistent in his coaching and helpful in his feedback. He has my support and recommendation as an excellent trainer/teacher who goes the extra mile for his students.
It is with great pleasure that I recommend my former teacher Thomas Rickman for a position in your institution.
I am Zarina Aslam, and an adjunct lecturer and freelance English teacher for foreign students in Singapore. I met Mr Rickman while I was on course for my CELTA at CA International College Singapore in 2019. He was one of my teachers for the course. I have to say that I couldn't have completed the course without Mr Rickman's kindness, patience, guidance and encouragement. His years of experience as an English teacher is reflected in his wisdom and his ability to be spontaneous when need be. My class was a very lively class, with former teachers also taking up the CELTA course, who truly tested Mr Rickman's capabilities and patience as a teacher, and I must say that he handled them above and beyond expectations.
We, as a class truly treasure our moments with Mr Rickman. I can think of no other teacher better for any institution. It is very difficult to find such a gem as him, who not only has impeccable technical knowledge, but has patience and a very good sense of humour as well. I truly hope you do give him the opportunity to work with you.
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