****** I AM UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW STUDENTS AT THIS TIME. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM MY CALENDAR I WILL BE UNAVAILABLE FOR LESSONS STARTING OCTOBER 1ST, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. ******
I'm Irena, a passionate, eager, and TEFL certified teacher currently living and working in Rome, Italy. I graduated in 2014 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (in the U.S.) with a B.A. in Communications and a minor of study in Education. After my studies I immediately began to pursue a career in teaching because it is my greatest passion. In order to be a successful teacher I believe that it is essential to continuously educate myself about the field of teaching and education, as well as to develop new skills and techniques.
My teaching experiences have permitted me to work with students (ages 2 to 70) that ranged in English language proficiency levels from true beginner to upper advanced (C2), in a number of different educational settings. I have worked with students in one-on-one situations, with pairs of students, as well as groups of 3-20 students - both online and in person. The subjects that I've taught and prepared materials for include reading foundation skills like letter recognition and recall, reading comprehension, writing, pronunciation and phonetics, grammar, basic, intermediate and advanced conversational English, basic business and fashion English, as well as IELTS, TOEFL, and CAE exam preparation.
When it comes to lesson and curriculum planing I am exceptionally organized and I use many different types of resources for materials to ensure that lessons are lively, creative, interesting, up-to date, relevant to your learning needs and goals, and just the right level of challenging! My lessons are student focused, conversation-based, and are designed so that students will gain knowledge and a deep understanding of the language they are using, rather than just memorizing and regurgitating specific information.
My role as your English teacher will, first and foremost, be to cater and shape my lessons and curriculum to fit YOUR needs, goals, and interests - and secondly, to boost your confidence and self-esteem because so much of your success depends on your attitude and your confidence in yourself! Once I learn from you what you want to achieve in your English learning, I will design a curriculum with specific goals and benchmarks so that we can make sure that we are efficiently reaching your goals together, whatever they may be!
Feel free to contact me with any questions or any concerns about my availability. I know learning English can be difficult or challenging but I am confident that if you chose to work with me, your English learning experience will also be fun and very rewarding (for both of us!). Best of luck and I hope I'll be talking to you soon!
Gained knowledge of global education components and primary issues, psychology of development of children as related to education, and different teaching philosophies. Learned and developed a variety of teaching skills including assessment creation, planning, administration and evaluation, lesson planning, and teaching elementary reading.
Shenker Intstitute - Rome, Italy
Teach English to students ages 16+, ranging from true beginners to C2 level students in groups, pairs, and individual lessons. Administer and correct written and oral tests. Engage the students in lively and relevant conversations to improve their confidence and fluency and to review and consolidate vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, etc. Lead 60-minute, conversation groups for which I also prepare the materials, making sure that the topic and activities are stimulating for all students.
2015 - 2016
Boston Lithuanian School - Milton, MA
Managed a variety of students ranging from pre-school to tenth grade classes, supported head teachers, created and implemented lesson plans, supervised extracurricular periods, taught pre-school and kindergarten students.
2006 - 2016
Childcare Provider & Tutor
Provided a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment for the children to play and learn in, while also remaining attentive and aware of their individual needs. Planned and carried out 1-1 letter recognition lessons, with one of the children, which resulted in noticeable improvement in academic performance. Worked with another child in 1-1 reading tutoring sessions, after which my pupil had developed a deep internalized passion for reading, as well as an improvement in ability to remain focused during class.
2013 - 2013
Ben Johnson Primary School - London, UK
Worked in a multicultural school with a small team of teachers in a fourth-grade class. Experience teaching in a classroom and school setting in which a majority of the students were learning/had learned English as a second language. Assisted in classroom management procedures. Worked with students to improve their understanding of classroom assignments and topics of study. Created guided reading worksheets, designed to help students exercise and develop their reading comprehension skills. Observed many teachers, lessons of various subjects, and learned about the school’s philosophy, structure, and about teacher and student assessment and progress evaluations.
2016 - 2016
Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Via Lingua - Florence, Italy
Actively participated in a 4-week intensive, feedback-based training course. Demonstrated teaching ability during 10+ practice teaching hours, including 1-1 teaching. Gained skills and knowledge of various teaching practices, including the Communicative method. Exhibited a firm understanding of English grammar and phonology by passing a Grammar and Phonology Exam.