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Chris A


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Wits Language School
South Africa
South Africa


Language Skills

  • English (UK): Native


Price (25 min):

8.00 Coins Book Sessions

* This price is for free conversation lessons.

Rating & Experience:

45 sessions 18 Ratings Cancellations: 0 No-show: 0


Teaching vocabulary, phonology and phonetics, as well as correct sentence structure.

Hello. My name is Chris. I am a native English speaker from South Africa. For as long as I can remember I have been in love with the English language. On average I read about one book a week. I also love audiobooks and I firmly believe that they are the only thing that gets me through housework. Here's a funny bit of trivia: when I was a child I would read the dictionary for fun. Not the whole dictionary mind you. I'd just randomly pick a page and look up all the words that I did not yet know the meaning of.

At the beginning of this year I completed my TESOL course. It taught me a great deal about the most effective ways to teach English to speakers of other languages. My passion is for tutoring through authentic conversation and lessons based on my student’s needs and aims.

Even though I am detail oriented and will remind my students of the rules and guidelines of English when needed, I tend to do so with patience, compassion and a sense of humor. I believe a great ESL teacher is one who is sensitive to the needs and difficulties faced by speakers of foreign languages and does their best to accommodate them. I believe in encouragement, positive reinforcement and honest feedback. I also believe in incorporating audio, visual, and kinesthetic teaching methods to accommodate the unique learning strengths and weaknesses of individual students. For example: if I am teaching phonology to a more visually inclined student, I may use the phonetic chart, or other imagery, to help the student link the sound I am demonstrating with its visual representation.

The lessons and the teaching style that I choose to utilize depends on the kind of student I am teaching. Overall I believe in building good relationships with my students. I do so by taking an interest in their lives, their goals, their language aims and so on.
I believe in building student confidence. In order to do this I believe in ensuring that lessons, conversations, or other activities are challenging yet achievable. I prefer using realistic language that will serve the student in real-life situations, not just the classroom. I believe in grading my vocabulary and sentence structure so as to be appropriate to the level of the student. I think it is important to maintain the student’s interest at all times. Sometimes this means changing activities and interaction patterns between the student and myself. For example: if the student is getting bored with a grammar lesson, I may choose to switch over to a vocabulary lesson or just opt for lighthearted conversation until I have re-engaged their interest. I believe in appropriate correction This should be determined by the student. Some prefer to have every mistake pointed out, Some prefer that only the biggest ones be addressed. I think teaching aids like a white board, flashcards, real objects (realia) and the student’s surroundings are a great way make lessons and conversational practice more interesting.

Teaching Specialty:

Everyday English › General

Conversation that will deal with everything from practicing learned and new vocabulary, to correct and incorrect pronunciation and sentence structure.

English Basics › Pronunciation / Phonics

Visual aids: these will usually be imagery, objects, demonstration and using phonetic symbols. Resource books: I may refer to these for examples and explanations when necessary. Interactive activities and games: this could be anything from using a whiteboard to playing a game where the student and I have to say words from cards or words that contain the same sounds. Lesson plans: these will vary depending on the level of the student.

English Basics › Grammar

Visual aids: these will usually be imagery or objects. It all depends on the grammar point I'm teaching. Resource books: I may refer to these for examples and explanations when necessary. Interactive activities and games: this could be anything from using a whiteboard to playing a game like Taboo or 20 Questions. Gap-fill activities: these will normally consist of multiple possible answers that the student must put in the correct place. Lesson plans: these will vary depending on the level of the student.


2019 - 2019
Wits Language School
Education › 'TESOL'
Name Of Course: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages vis Blended Learning. Aims of Course: To develop the knowledge and skills needed to teach English to Speakers of other languages. Number of National Study Hours. 152.


Overall: 4.96

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