Meet Native English Teacher Katie

September 18, 2015
18 September 2015,

Tell us a bit about your past experiences teaching English.

I have taught English to students ages 13-20 since 2002. No matter where I teach – West Chicago, Denver, Cambridge Harvard Summer Academy – there is one constant: my students are curious, fun-loving, and compassionate human beings. What a great job to have!

Native English Teacher Katie

Tell us more about your education.

I attended Illinois State University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education. Then, while I was teaching high school during the day, I attended evening courses full time to earn a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership in 2006.


How would you describe a typical English lesson at Spoken English Practice?

As conversation partners, we will talk about topics that are easy and fun to discuss; these conversations will also allow you to learn a variety of new words in context. Please feel free to communicate in whatever ways are most comfortable to you. If you have trouble thinking of topics, do not worry. I have plenty of conversation starters ready to go.


What are your favorite conversation topics?

Some of my favorite conversation topics include: traveling, books, movies, family, pets, outdoor activities, music, and education. I also like learning about new things and expanding my knowledge.


In your experience, what area in English do students need the most help? Grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation or something else?

Every student is different and acquiring a new language is quite difficult. Often, students listen and understand much better than they can communicate verbally. This is a natural phase to learning a new language. Putting the proper nouns and verbs together in the correct tense can be tricky for many students. This improves with practice and patience. Stick with it!


What are your top 3 tips to ESL students around the world?


A little bit about what you like to do when you are not teaching English.

When I’m not teaching, I like to go on hikes with my German Shepherd dogs. I also like to read fiction, check Facebook, watch “The Walking Dead”, and spend time with my family.


What kind of students do you prefer?

I teach a wide variety of ESL students in diverse settings. I always like when students advocate for themselves and their needs, but sometimes students need some prompting to do so.