I have been an instructor at the university level for the past 11 years. I specialize in teaching public speaking and interpersonal communication. I have had several international students in my courses that have had immense success after taking a course with me.
I have a masters degree in communication with an emphasis in rhetoric. I have also coached a national championship debate team and two different national impromptu speaking champions.
I want each lesson to be personalized for the student. Depending on their goals, I will create conversations that help them work toward their objectives. The tone of each conversation will be slightly different, but in general, I try to have a part of each conversation be fun while still being productive.
My favorite conversations are those that develop naturally. Often they will revolved around current events, including what is happening in my students’ lives.
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The area in which students need the most help generally tends to be in presenting their ideas in a natural tone. While the wording can be modified, tone impacts how a message is received as well. During my Business English Lessons, I provide feedback verbally and provide written notes in Skype for students.
First, practice is the best thing that you can do! Second, know that there are multiple ways to convey the same idea. Third, practice! Practice is the best way to improve your English-speaking capabilities.
I like to explore the outdoors, spend time at the beach, and play sports, especially volleyball. I spend time with my dog, she is a Lab and Bassett mix and I also ride a motorcycle.
I prefer a student that is motivated to make improvements and understands that it is a process. Overnight success is rare, but through practice, significant improvements are made over time. I enjoy learning about cultures other than my own and have found that students can teach me about intricacies of their own culture. I enjoy seeing others succeed!