- English (US): Native
- Japanese: Intermediate
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Rating & Experience:
Dynamic English Conversation Instruction
Hi, there! My name is Gwyneth. You can call me Gwyn. Here is a little information about me! I hope that we can get to know each other soon :-)
I have 5 years of experience teaching English to students of all ages in Japan. I worked in public elementary schools and junior high schools for 4 years in Toyama Prefecture. I also tutored junior high school and adult students privately for 1 year in Tokyo.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA. I spent my junior year studying abroad at International Christian University in Tokyo. I am currently studying to earn my Master's degree in Elementary Education at Old Dominion University in Virginia.
SKIMATALK TEACHING STYLE:
Each one of my SkimaTalk lessons is a little bit different. Why? Because I believe in student-centered teaching. This means that the student should be setting goals and doing most of the talking. However, there are some things that tend to be the same in each lesson.
1. My Feedback Style
During lessons, I try not to interrupt students. I write down any mistakes and wait until the end of the lesson to share them with the student. I share these notes in written form (via the Skype chatbox) and orally. Usually I ask that students help me correct the mistakes. I think this is not only more meaningful, but that it also helps students remember the correction better!
If necessary, I also provide vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation assistance during the lesson. But, I prefer to hold these comments until the end so that we can enjoy our conversation.
2. Topic Selection
I try to get to know students during our first lessons together. Then, I pick discussion topics, short articles, and podcasts/video clips to use during our lessons that might interest each student. I send two - three options to the student either prior to our lesson via SkimaTalk message or I share them with the student at the beginning of the lesson. It is completely up to the student!
3. Other Lesson Styles
Many of my regular students are studying for important exams, like IELTS, TOEIC, and TOEFL. Here are some of the activities that I am currently doing with them: 1) Repeated reading exercises to increase reading speed and fluency, 2) listening activities to increase listening comprehension skills, and 3) “quick write” activities designed to make the student quickly brainstorm ideas and get writing.
I like to use news articles with students who would like to work on their pronunciation skills and learn new vocabulary. Here are some of the websites that I use: Beginners - www.breakingnewsenglish.com; Intermediate/Advanced - www.mashable.com, www.huffingtonpost.com, and www.bbc.com. I also use news articles for listening exercises.
When teaching young children, I like to incorporate fun and engaging games, quizzes, and more! I also try to provide young learners with strategies for reading, listening, and speaking in English. Here are some activities that I have used in lessons recently: What's this? Animal Quiz, Password (Q&A game), and Information Gap (to practice prepositions of place).
I love to meet new people and learn about how they see the world! During our conversation, I will be sure to correct your grammar (both verbally and in the Skype chatbox), suggest more natural vocabulary and expressions, and give you feedback on your pronunciation. You don't need to worry about preparing a conversation topic! I am prepared with a wide variety of topics. Here are some topics I have used in lessons recently: company culture, personalities, healthy lifestyles, and discrimination.
I believe that writing is one of my personal strengths. As a graduate student, I have ample experience with academic writing. During writing lessons, I utilize the Skype chatbox and Google Docs to help you compose and edit essays. I will assist you with structure, grammar, word choice, and more!
International Studies › Asian Studies (Bachelor)
Other › One Year Student (OYR)
Education › Elementary Education (Master)
I was selected by the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program to be an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Toyama Prefecture. I taught English in public elementary and junior high schools in Toyama for 4 years. I developed and led curriculum-based learning activities for 20+ English Conversation lessons per week.
While working as an Assistant Language Teacher with the JET Program in Toyama Prefecture, I volunteered as an English Conversation Instructor at the local community center. I met with a group of 5-10 Japanese adults once a month for casual English conversation lessons.
I have been teaching on SkimaTalk for over a year now and I love it!