I’ve been an English Teacher for 8 years. All of these years have been spent teaching university students and professors in China. I spent time in different China cities and in different schools. Each place I’ve taught at had its challenges and joys so I became accustomed to being flexible in lesson planning, activities plus living in a foreign country. I’ve also helped with international students in my hometown who are studying English. My teaching experiences have also included tutoring elementary school students in a variety of subjects.
I’ve had a different route to my education than that of my High School classmates. Instead of college or going into full time work I was in the U.S. Navy for 9 years where I was an aircraft parts clerk. Upon completion of my Navy service I entered a community college in California before transferring to a private university in the U.S. state of Oregon. One of my personal and educational highlights was spending a semester at a university in China.
My Spoken English lessons can be best described as a relaxing setting with a lot of humor mixed in for flavor. I hope by meeting a student online I can share the time with them in a conversation and also learn about their family, life and culture. The world is our classroom and I want my students to be able to experience that through my examples, experiences and by the way we interact with each other. I try my best to use the limited time in each class to allow the student to converse with me and allow my students to know I’m trying my best to listen to them speak in English.
My favorite conversation topics focus around family, travel, food and cultures. I encourage students to be ready to share their thoughts on these topics and also share their favorite topics with me and we can discuss them together.
As far as help I think a student needs to have continual encouragement from their family, teachers and classmates plus a readiness to be exposed to a new language. English for me as a native speaker is challenging since I need to be able to express myself at the right time and in the right setting. I can share with students how I can relate from several experiences of learning foreign languages and the challenges it brings to want to use the native language but to strive to use the target language as much as possible.
– Know that your teachers care about you and want the best for you in your learning.
– Know your limitations in learning.
– Share time with others and help them learn English. You are the next teacher.
Away from teaching my family, church and friends are my most important priorities in life. I love my family and have appreciated their support when I traveled to China to teach and been there for me in life’s joys and sadness. I enjoy attending my home church and learning how best to grow in my faith and how best to serve others. I have friends in many countries and I enjoy communicating with them as much as possible.
I prefer students who can laugh at my humor. I love to have fun in my classes and in life. I often share my humor in order for my students to have a more relaxed feeling about learning English and that we can laugh together. I also prefer students who can appreciate a patient teacher. I’m not perfect nor do I know a lot about my own country or the customs of every single country in our world. I want to learn more than teach so I hope my students can be able to share their culture with me their humorous and patient teacher.