Hello. My name is Thomas. I am a professional English teacher living and Teaching in Shenzhen.
For 19 years I have been teaching English to both children and adults. Before coming to China I was a High school English teacher, and I also taught creative writing
Most of the foreigners living and working in China as English teachers do "not" have prior experience in teaching. Many do have university degrees, but those degrees are often not in English, and they often have no teaching experience of any kind. My question is this. How can someone teach a subject when they do not know how to teach?
I have a Masters Degrees in both English, and Education. This means that teaching is my profession. I was a certified public school teacher in America for 10 years before coming to China, and being a School teacher in America is very different than being a school teacher in China. It takesa a great deal more time to become licensed as a teacher in America, and the rules for who can, and cannot teacher are much stricter.
Teaching is my chosen profession, and I do it because it brings me great joy, and I have a passion for it. I do not do it simply to make money, or to be able to justify living in a foreign country, as is the case with many foreigners in China. Most of the foreigners in China working as English teachers are "not" real teachers. Yes many have University degrees, but few have degrees in English, and fewer still are certified public school teachers with any prior experience in teaching. To hide their lack of experience many will try to make their classes as fun as possible, but the class itself will not be very educational because of their lack of experience, and training.
In contrast my lessons are both fun, and highly educational. However the focus is always on education.
Before I begin teaching a student I will test them in over 30 different areas of English use, finding out where they are strong, and where they are weak. Once I know everything I need to know about their English skills I will then identify, and focus only on where they are weak. In this way I teach only what the student needs to learn, so as to not waste any time. This way the student learns far more quickly and efficiently than they would in a standardized classroom with a set curriculum. My classes are tailor made for the student, and as each student is different each class I teach is also different. My teaching is all about the students individual needs.
I also create most of my own materials, as the majority of materials you can buy are made for large classes, where every student is taught exactly the same way. Creating your own materials takes more time, but it is the best way to teach. As you the student are paying for the best service possible I feel it is my duty, and responsibility to give that to you.
I teach grammar, pronunciation, listening skills, vocabulary and its proper use, reading comprehension, writing, as well as how to “read” for younger students, or for those who speak no English at all. And yes, I can teach students who speak “zero” English. Something almost no foreign teacher can do without help from a translator.
If you would like to know more about private lessons please contact me at ExcelinenglishLTD@gmail.com
if you want to learn from a real professional.
Thank you for your interest, and I hope to hear from you soon. Take care.
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