1. Describe your past experiences teaching Conversational English
I have had lots of formal and informal experiences with helping people practice conversational English skills. Some of my closest family and friends are from different countries, and I’ve taught students from all over the world as a Conversational English teacher.
2. Tell us more about your education?
In college, I studied English and Business Writing. I was fascinated by the “art” of communication, and I decided to dig deeper. After my Bachelor’s Degree, I went straight into graduate school and received a Master of Arts Degree in English Composition and Rhetoric. This is a lifelong passion, however, so I am still educating myself with brilliant books, such as “Nonviolent Communication: A language of life,” “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your life depended on it,” and “The Mother Tongue: English and how it got that way.”
3. How would you describe your teaching method as a Conversational English teacher?
Classes at Spoken English Practice are fun! We focus on having a real conversation, while simultaneously helping students to correct their sentences and pronunciation. The environment I seek to create is relaxed and interesting at the same time. I want students to feel willing to make mistakes (because that’s how we learn), and I love discussing their thoughts and passions!
4. What are your favorite conversation topics?
My favorite topics are the ones that a student is interested in. When students are interested, we have a great time and we can really make some progress! Also, I love discussing Ted Talks. There are so many intriguing videos available to learn and grow from, both in English skills and so many other areas of life.
5. In your experience, what area in English do students need the most help? Grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation or something else? How would you address this in your classes?
In my experience as a Conversational English teacher, students studying English need the most help in confidence building and willingness to speak when they are unsure of themselves. Many students have learned basic grammar, reading, and writing, but it is a real challenge to speak what they know. It is a new type of English skill that requires lots of practice. Once they are ready to “go for it” and have a conversation, students begin to slowly absorb the flow of native English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation in real interactions.
6. What are your top 3 tips to ESL students around the world?
1. Be brave. You’re taking on a new skill and practice doesn’t need to be perfect, but it does lead to excellence!
2. Practice several times a day. In addition to our classes, make time every day to speak English with friends and family, read a book out loud, listen to a speech on YouTube (Ted Talks) and pause to practice what is said, etc.
3. Remember why you want to learn English. When things get tough, think of your inspiration for learning this new language. Determination and passion to succeed are fundamental for further improvement.
7. A little bit about what you like to do when you are not teaching English.
My favorite activity is to play with my dog. He is a sweet, loving young pup, and I enjoy his company tremendously! I also enjoy writing, reading, watching movies, doing yoga, and traveling. I have traveled to many different states and to Japan, England, France, Italy, and Jamaica. Right now, I’m dreaming of going to New Zealand next!
8. What kind of students do you prefer?
I welcome all student, especially those who are ready to build on their excitement for learning.