My English Lessons
AT LAST COUNT, I HAVE TAUGHT MORE THAN 6000 LESSONS ON ITALKI, USING SKYPE, WECHAT, HANGOUTS AND THE ITALKI CLASSROOM. I have had hundreds of students, from all over the world. Before that, I worked as an English teacher in Japan for 10 years, in a variety of environments: elementary school, cram school, and corporate office.
On iTalki I teach the following kinds of lessons: Conversation Practice, Common Grammatical Mistakes, IELTS Preparation, Business English for Career Advancement, Kids English and Informal Tutoring. All lessons, except Informal Tutoring and Kids English, will feature language assessment. Generally, the Informal Tutoring lessons are unstructured and do not involve preparation before the lesson.
If you need to cancel a lesson, please try to do so at least 24 hours before the scheduled start time. Failure to do so many incur a penalty. I am developing a points system for the accumulation and purchase of special favours, such as being able to make a late cancellation.
IN TIME, I will have a shareable Google Documents portfolio for each lesson type, as well as a (general) lesson plan for the first 5 lessons. I will develop an interactive form where you can customize your own lesson plan from the options available. That is not ready yet, however.
While these are my main lesson packages, I can customize combinations of them to suit your own needs and abilities. This is an approach I call Intuitive Adaptation.
BUSINESS ENGLISH: Book Here!
English is the language of international business and finance. This course will include job interview preparation, resume rewriting and so on. I can also cover the fundamentals of public speaking... (For more details, click here!)
CONVERSATION PRACTICE: Book Here!
Are you living in an English-speaking country, but don't have a chance to communicate with the locals? Or are you a resident of a foreign country who wants to improve your overall English skills? The goal of the Conversation Practice package is to give students who have studied English in the past, a chance to practice what they have learned. The lesson is designed for people who know a lot of English, but rarely have the chance to speak to a native speaker.
While this is might see like a casual format, it is actually structured. There are several streams, including Australian Culture, Daily Living, Pathway to IELTS, the Science of Conversation, and so on.
During the course, I will determine if there any barriers which are preventing you from becoming more fluent. For example, you might sound reasonably fluent, but make a lot of grammatical mistakes. This is one of the Five Pitfalls... (For more details, click here!)
COMMON GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES
Grammar textbooks often use an exhaustive approach to teaching grammar, starting with the basics, and moving on to the advanced, in a methodical fashion. In this course I focus instead of commonly made errors. Quite often, similar mistakes are often by speakers of the same language.
There is/there are.
(For more details on this package, click here.)
Many people need to take the IELTS test in order to study or work abroad. In this course, I can help you practice for the speaking part of the test, or correct and mark essays and other tasks.
Read here for more information.
Evidence shows that children can learn English faster than adults, as long as they have exposure to a native speaker.
I offer graded lessons for children and young teenagers, which covers grammar, phonics, spelling and so on. The lessons consist of a combination of exercises, quizzes, songs and games. There are 44 sounds in the English language but only 26 letters to represent them.
CAMBRIDGE STARTERS textbook (for pre-A1 level students)... (For more details on this package, click here.)
It is not possible to offer discounts for packages, or for Informal Tutoring and Kids Lessons.
Generally, a student should give 24 hours notice before changing the lesson time.
Teachers and students can communicate with each other through SESSION MESSAGES.
iTalki recommends Teachit as a teaching resource.
Indicate on Skype when I am free to chat, and not.
Film lessons from time to time to see how I can improve my craft!
Could ask student to do homework before the next lesson, and then email it to me!
BBC English Online..
Students are entitled to receive two special "favours" when they have their first lesson with me (such as arranging a lesson outside my regular schedule, asking for feedback, and so on). After those are used, they need to take an extra 5 lessons, to earn another favour.