I am a teacher of English with more than 20 years experience. For the last 15 years I have lived and taught English in the South East of England, but originally I come from Minsk, Belarus, so English is actually my second language. This means that I certainly know what it is like to be a language learner and can appreciate the challenges you are facing, and I also know how to help you achieve a really high level.
I have worked with many different nationalities and almost all age groups and taught a variety of ESOL courses at all levels, including exam preparation classes such as IELTS. I teach with a communicative and learner-centred approach, taking into account your interests, preferences and personal goals, as well as the requirements of the exam you may be working towards.
As a DELTA-qualified and experienced tutor, I am familiar with many modern teaching methods, and prefer to use a mix rather than stick to one way of teaching. Depending on your level, your needs and, of course, your wishes, I can make some lessons more structured, with pre-determined objectives, topics and language content, whereas other sessions may be more flexible and informal, so we can discuss a topic or a language problem that comes up naturally during the lesson. I encourage my students to be autonomous learners, so I will welcome your initiative as to how or what you prefer to study, but I can also completely understand it if you prefer to have lessons where the teacher decides what is right for you at this stage. Either way is an effective way of learning and together we can find out very quickly what works for you.
Whenever possible, I use authentic resources, such as online newspaper articles and BBC videos, and I often design tasks and exercises myself, to make my lessons more up-to-date and matching your particular situation. I also use materials from EFL coursebooks and language-learning websites. Whatever your level, I will always have a lot of suggestions for you as to what materials and online applications you can use to support your study in between lessons.
I am confident that I can help you achieve your language goals in an effective and enjoyable way.
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