- English (US): Native
- Chinese: Advanced
- Chinese: Intermediate
- Japanese: Elementary
- Korean: Elementary
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I specialize in teaching spoken and written English for various purposes
Hi there! I am Calvin, and I am a native English speaker and teacher who was born in Canada, then raised in Hong Kong throughout different international schools. My entire education, save for a few language classes were all in English, hence it is my native language. I then went to the U.S. for university where I combined History, Chinese and Japanese into one unique major under the Interdisciplinary Studies title. After graduation, I taught English at a vocational school in China for impoverished youth, where I also taught topics related to Chinese culture. Upon finishing that job, I returned to Canada to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL). For my graduation internship, I taught an English Pre-Course at a university in South Korea. I then taught at a high school in the said country, where I led classes in English Reading and Writing and Foreign Culture. Additionally, I have also worked at a language cafe in Busan, South Korea, where I taught varying Korean adults English through conversation.
I believe in forging strong, amiable relationships with students, as I believe it is so key in deciding whether or not productive teaching and learning will take place. If the students feel positively about the teacher, they will be all the more willing to learn, making the teacher a lot more enthusiastic about teaching. I strive for that kind of relationship with my students.
I hope to help improve your language skills, as well as get to know you soon!
My own English knowledge gained from almost three decades of speaking it! Here, we will have a regular conversation about anything and everything, in English!
My own knowledge and experience with English, and a textbook called 'Speaking for Everyday Life 2'. I can teach this through presenting situations, describing what vocabulary to use for the situation, then we can practice using them within the given situation(s).
My own knowledge of English from a near-lifetime of usage. I can teach this through having a conversation or through dialogs.
My own knowledge of English, as well as dialogs which can be found online, as well as a textbook called 'Speaking for Everyday Life 2'. We can have a free conversation or practice a dialog, then go through any new vocabulary we encounter.
My own knowledge of English, and I have done some training in the haptic way of teaching pronunciation. There is also a book called 'The Art of Teaching Speaking', as well as 'Applied Phonology' which I can use. Here, we will do different pronunciation drills, as well as have conversations so that I know what pronunciation issues to help solve.
I have been using English for almost my entire life. I have also recently taken grammar courses on Coursera to help me explain why certain grammar items are used in differing situations. We will go over phrases to use, meanings of words and how to use grammar.
Liberal Arts › Interdisciplinary Studies (Bachelor)
Linguistics › MA TESOL (Master)
Taught English to Chinese students of differing majors. Held weekly seminars on different aspects of Chinese culture, helped teach higher-level Chinese to foreign teachers. Conducted translation work and created marketing material for study/volunteer abroad websites. Forged friendly relationships with the students.
Led students in reading and writing projects, as well as discussions on real-world issues during the foreign culture classes with first and second year students respectively. Formed productive, amiable relations with the students. (Job ended due to a new government rule to reduce native English teacher numbers).
Taught basic English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as part of an English pre-course to Handong Global University students. Guided students through language summarizing exercises. Formed a positive, productive class atmosphere.
Trained students of varying skill levels the English skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening while using the Chungdahm program. Guided pupils through the computer-tablet based curriculum and formed friendly relations. (Contract not completed due to non-payment of salary by the employer).
Taught and trained Korean adults in oral English through conversation. Formed amiable, productive relations with the students who came to practice their English speaking skills. Contributed to a friendly, hospitable learning atmosphere. (Left due to family reasons).