Hello, my name is Adam. I was born, grew up in, and still live near Liverpool, in England. I am a native English speaker, but I do not have a particularly strong regional accent, and this helps students.
I actually taught English to speakers of other languages informally, and I did this for several years before I considered doing it professionally. In about 2005, I started teaching academic English to two friends from Turkey, who spoke Turkish and Kurdish as their first languages. I discovered that this was extremely enjoyable, because I love languages, and enjoy learning about other cultures.
Over the last few years I have gained TESOL qualifications from Arizona State University, in TESOL foundational principles, theories of second language acquisition, plus lesson design and assessment. I am now able to be paid for something I gain such pleasure from. This is a great privilege.
I have worked as a private tutor to students living in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. Many of these students are recent migrants to the UK, and speak a wide variety of first languages, including Arabic, French, and diverse African languages.
My teaching philosophy is constantly evolving. However, I strongly believe in student-focused learning, and I have found that students generally develop best when speaking about a subject they find interesting.
I am open to teaching students however they like - and can provided intricate, detailed, formal lesson plans if that is what a student considers most appropriate to their needs. I am also very keen on having informal conversations - 'a chat' - with students, and providing English language guidance as that conversation progresses.
I am very willing to help students learn to read or write better in English, or improve their English listening skills, or prepare for a specific real life situation in an English-speaking country - for example an interview, using transport, or shopping.
Conversely, we can have an informal discussion, about a subject that the student finds interesting. That way, they can learn from me, and I can learn from them. We both emerge from the experience knowing more about English, but also about the world in which we live.