Quick look: Teacher from the UK with 6 years experience, having taught all levels and ages. I specialise in business English and Exam Prep.
When I’m not teaching, I perform magic professionally.
The whole story:
Hello everybody! My name is Chris and I am an English teacher from the UK who is currently living and working in Asia.
My journey into teaching started when I was completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Essex. During the exam term of my first year, I started creating private study groups. I was motivated to solidify my own understanding of the material by hosting revision lessons in empty classrooms for fellow students. My efforts were soon noticed by my academic department, who offered me further opportunities to teach and lecture for the purposes of study support and revision. This continued into my final year and subsequent Masters degree, and really kickstarted my love of teaching.
My journey into the world of language teaching started in 2014, when I completed my Cambridge CELTA teacher training at International House Budapest. Achieving a Pass B, I began working for International House, teaching general, business and exam prep English to all mixes of age and language level. I also began working in a Hungarian Private School called Babérliget Általános Iskola, which provided me with excellent experience teaching young learners. In the summer of 2016 I worked for my first Summer Boarding Courses Ltd teaching International Relations to young learners using the CLIL method. During the following academic year I was invited to rewrite the entire course, and was promoted to the role of Student Director for the summer of 2017, which gave me my first taste of educational management. After a brief hiatus from teaching to focus on my secondary profession as a magician, I am excited to be returning to teaching.
I believe teaching to be a profession that takes a large amount of preparation, hard work, and skill in order to deliver great lessons. I take my professional development within teaching very seriously, and I am constantly on the lookout for new ideas and resources that will expand my arsenal of teaching methods. Shortly after completing my CELTA, I became fascinated with the science behind language learning, and the linguistic theories behind the development of languages. I believe that the key to learning anything - but especially languages - is consistency. Thats why I offer all of my students not just lessons, but a personalised learning program tailored to their lifestyle and timetable.
My teaching style is mainly about having fun, and I plan my lessons to be exciting, engaging, and effective. From my own experience as a student, learning is much harder if you are not enjoying the lessons or finding them interesting. The second focus of my teaching style is achieving measurable results. Learning any language is definitely a lifelong pursuit, but it saddens me when I see students that have been learning English for 5 years, and have shown very little sign of improvement. The methods I employ seek to break these learning plateaus, elevating students understanding and practical usage of English to new levels.
I was introduced to the idea of teaching via video chat during my time working at International House Budapest. It wasn't long before I was teaching nearly half of my students this way, and was even invited by the school to give a professional development seminar on the advantages of teaching via video. A former colleague of mine recently told me about Verbling, and after taking a look and doing some research, I just had to try it. Verbling is the platform that teachers like myself have been waiting for, I just wish I had discovered it sooner! Either way I am glad to be getting involved now, and I am excited about meeting some new students and contributing towards the success of this fantastic global community.