I am a mature Combined Honours Upper Second graduate in English Literature and History. I have completed a TEFL degree with a "Teaching Advanced Grammar" certificate, and have taught at the Shane English School in Changzhou China.
The age groups I tutored were 5yr olds to 14yr old, and a private student aged 37yrs old, who wanted to improve her spoken and written English due to working for an international company. Each age group had different abilities and ways of learning. Young children love interactive games, songs, and stories, while older students like more challenging games, for example, the flashcards are face down, and they have to remember the order of the cards by turning them over one by one, saying the word before they do so.
I would plan each lesson with the language point and vocabulary to be learned that week. To plan each lesson, I would assess the abilities of the students and plan each activity according to both their age and abilities to ensure they had a fun and enjoyable time. To ensure all the language points for that lesson were covered, I would also look at the course guide and textbooks. I would include games and activities which encouraged the students to speak, read, or write English. Homework was also given out to be completed and returned the next lesson.
I am always approachable, and students could contact me through the TA's or on WeChat if they had any questions about the lesson, or if they needed to put together a piece of writing for a competition, which I would help by highlighting their spelling or grammatical errors. To do this I would highlight the incorrect part, for example, "How do you spell (word)?", or "This paragraph does not sound correct, remember past tense."
My being approachable, even when I am not teaching, is part of being a teacher, and this helps to build a good rapport with my students.
I taught for a year at the Shane English School, to Chinese students, with mixed class abilities. I have also taught different GCSE subjects as a supply teacher, teaching some French and Spanish classes, as well as English, Maths and science at different schools. I am adaptable and can work around any schedule or time to suit you.
At Shane I taught different age groups, from 5 yr to 15 yr olds, as well as teaching a 37 yr old mature student, and the classes had between 6 and 18 per lesson. As a supply teacher, the classes were about 30 students per class from 11yr to 18yr olds.
The students I taught at Shane were all at different levels and when I left the school their test scores were 98% or above on both their written an oral test for the classes I had from the beginning. One class I inherited, the first test paper I took their test scores only two students achieved 98% or above, and the rest were about 92-93%. This time 99% of the students reached 99.5% or above, and one student achieved 96% for both the oral and written tests.
As a supply teacher I did not see the results of my efforts, as the classes I taught were for 1 or 2 day's per school, returning to different schools during the year but having different classes, usually handing out worksheets to be handed in at the end of the lesson. I helped by showing them how to complete the worksheets and answering questions when asked, or helping them to find the answers themselves by getting them to read and break down the questions, as well as using rhetorical questions, for example: What do you think Juliet will do because of this action?
The ability to be flexible and think on my feet means that I can change a lesson to follow the students needs, but having a structured lesson is needed to help students learn. This structure can be adapted depending on the situation, for example if a student has a letter they need to write, or if they want to practice just their spoken skills for an interview. Whatever the situation, being able to adapt is essential in any situation.
I will charge an additional £2 for the first 5 miles I travel and £0.50 pence per mile to cover fuel.
The Degrees I have achieved are:
2016 China Expert Certificate in TEFL
2013 – 2016 University of Huddersfield
BA (Hons) Combined Honours in English Literature and History 2:1
Year One Modules
Approaches to Literature 2:1
Introducing History: Ideas and Methods 2:2
Introduction to Narrative: Literature and Film 2:2
Issues in Justice; Ethics and Citizenship 2:1
Last Centuries of the Middle Ages: C. 1300-1500 2:2
Year Two Modules
Literary Histories 2:1
Hands on History 2:2
Reformation and Revolution 2:2
Research Skills 2:2
Work Related Project 2:1
Year Three Module
History and Myth: Writing and Rewriting the Middle Ages 2:1
Community and Identity in the Later Middle Ages 2:2
Advanced Critical Practice 2:1
Honors Level Project 2:2
Public Humanities 2:1
2015 - 2016 – I-to-I Teach English as a Foreign Language
Practical TEFL Course
Online TEFL Course A
Online TEFL Course B
Teaching with Limited Resources
Teaching English One to One
2012 - 2013 Kirklees College - Access Course
Research and Understanding Opportunities for Study in Higher Education Distinction
Research and Presentation Skills Distinction
Aspects of 14th Century English History Merit
Drama – Literary Studies Merit
From Critical Reading to Creative Writing Merit
Introduction to Key Aspects of British Government and Politics
Individual Research Project – Dissertation Merit
Political Representation in British Government Merit
Oral Presentation Merit
Gathering and Using Information Merit
Urbanisation in Britain 1800-1900 Merit
Academic Writing Skills Pass
Prose Fiction – Literary Studies Pass
I also achieved the Betty Gartery Award from the University of Huddersfield.
My teaching work experience includes:
January 2018 - July 2018 - Supply Teacher, Provide Education, Kirklees, Bradford and Wakefield areas, ages 11-17.
September 2016 – September 2017 - Shane English School, Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, working as a Foreign Language Teacher, teaching students from ages 3-37.
May 2015 – June 2015 – Classroom Assistant, Howard Park Community School, working in the Reception Class.
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