I am a native English speaker from the United States and I have been a professional language trainer for over 14 years for all age groups and levels of learning.
I started teaching English in China at Dalian Maritime University in 2006. Since that time I have traveled to many countries, and have met and talked to just about every nationality you can think of.
As and traveler, educator, and avid learner, the biggest thing I can say I have discovered about myself during this time: I really love languages and cultures.
For me, learning languages and about people and their heritage is the "spice of life." This is what truly drives me to be a better person, keep moving forward, and improve at all levels of my life - every day.
It's interesting, during these travels and experiences of the past decade-and-a-half, I have learned how to say basic concepts and greetings in at least 10 languages, which is a lot of fun and a big talking point in my day to life. People often ask me what my favorite language is. And after English, of course, I would usually say, it would have to be.
(don't forget my adopted brother from Portugal - what's up Duarte)
There are many languages!
And really love to talk about them!
But, at the top of my list is Chinese. I spend a lot of time practicing Chinese. Being a 4000-year-old civilization, there are endless amounts of wisdom, knowledge and culture to be found in this language. So, for me, it's a lifetime journey/mission to understand more about this language, culture, and people.
I also love Spanish. Born and raised in the United States, Spanish is my second language. I studied Spanish in high school and university, but I know I need to improve. Though I can understand quite a bit of what is being said in Spanish, my speaking does need some practice. Spanish is spoken quite quickly. So, I know how much I need to improve. I also know how important it is to keep practicing my speaking ability with Spanish, as with any language.
Though I am not too bad at speaking languages, I do know the feeling of not being able to speak at the level I would like. So I keep trying to learn new methods and systems of learning. And I really like to learn more about people, and their cultures. This is why I love learning languages. And this is also why I really love my job as a language trainer, teacher, or coach.
So I hope to make your acquaintance and have many lessons with you.
Qualifications & Experience
My education encompasses a long career as a news reporter and journalist as a Mass Communication student from the University of Utah. I also have a degree in Business Management from Weber State University. My master's education is in Multi-Media Film, MFA. I specialize in all forms of professional communication in business, interviewing, writing, examinations, basic conversation, and kid's phonics training. And I am TEFL certified to teach children.
Having been a language trainer and learner for 14 years, I have taught thousands of students from around the world.
In my experience, I have developed dedicated lesson planning systems, specifically designed for the student depending on their needs.
Interestingly, I have found many ESL students with difficulties reaching their true potential. I have also found traditional models of learning to be rather rigid and outdated for progressive thought in the high-paced technologically-driven communication world we live in today.
These issues are very important when it comes to speaking at high levels or high-pressure situations. My system brings together the best learning programs into one comprehensive lesson planning system and is adjustable to each specific need and goal of the learner.
Some of my classes have helped my students to pass entry exams, get great jobs, get into great universities, succeed at all levels of speaking, writing, and communication for professional and interpersonal use all while having fun. My classes are fun, and I really love teaching that's why I still do it after all these years.
BS Business Management/Finance
BS Mass Communication/Journalism
MFA Film and Computer Imagery
C-TEFL 120 hour
Over 10 years of teaching experience in Asia (China, Korea, Japan, Thailand)
Over 5 years of working internationally as a language trainer with video calls, conferencing, and correspondence.
Areas of focus
Writing instruction at all levels
Phonics For Kids
Focus on writing, public speaking, editing and multi media.
2006 - 2010
Public Speaking Instructor
Dalian Maritime University - China
Taught public speaking and interpersonal communication to college level law, nautical and English majors. Most of the classes were specifically designed to target specific trouble areas in communication and writing depending on the needs of each class or student.
2011 - 2010
Language Trainer - Test Preperation
Babel English - Shanghai - China
Instructed corporate level students and professional learners how to pass entrance and evaluation exams into the United States. Exams covered a number of levels and needs of the student. Basic skills also included writing and spoken English. learning action plans, level testing and evaluations and highly specialized courses designed for each student's needs.
2009 - 2010
Writing and Journalism Instructor
Dalian University of Foreign Languages - China
Taught advanced creative writing and journalism to English majors. Most of the classes were specifically designed to target specific trouble areas in communication and writing depending on the needs of each class or student, while also engaging in a large classroom setting.
2003 - 2006
The Daily Chronicle - Utah
Full Time Staff Writer for the university daily publication. I specialized in political news reporting. I also interned with this this office, receiving highly specialized programs from some of the best news reporters in the nation.
2016 - 0
Freelance - Online
Develop and instruct dealied, trackable, language training methodology to English learners using video calling around the world.
2009 - 2009
i to i - China
Grammar methodology, phonology, classroom management, activities, practice many text book, practice working with ESL audio visual aids and materials, Introduction to international exam series or one business English textbook series.