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Karen Gawne


Language Skills

  • English (US): Native
  • Japanese: Elementary


Price (25 min):

12.00 Coins Book Sessions

* This price is for free conversation lessons.

Rating & Experience:

1545 sessions 260 Ratings Cancellations: 11 No-show: 2


English Conversation (all levels), Business English, Public Speaking, Test Preparation

Hello! My name is Karen, and I am a TESOL/TEFL certified English teacher from the United States. I have been teaching English for over nine years to students of all ages in Japan, Vietnam, China, and the US. Currently, I live in Portugal, but I have lived all over Asia, Europe, and North America.

My first experience with teaching English was in the JET Program in Nagoya, Japan. I taught hundreds of students at three different high schools, and I learned a lot from them as well. It was an amazing experience that really taught me how much I love teaching. In fact, one of the greatest compliments I ever received was from a professor who told me that I was "a born teacher."

My classes are friendly and fun, but I also make sure to focus on correct grammar, clear pronunciation, and vocabulary building. I want to give you the tools necessary to increase your English ability and succeed in reaching your goals. I'm looking forward to seeing you in the classroom!

Teaching Specialty:

Business English Basics › Advanced

My years of experience working in city government, finance, retail, and non-profit organizations have given me the skills and know-how to improve your business English.

English Basics › Accent Reduction

Accent reduction is one of my specialties -- I can teach you the correct sounds and mouth positions necessary to be easily understood and sound more like a native speaker.

Test Prep › Other

TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, Versant, and more -- let's work together to improve your score.

Business Skills & Knowledge › Speech

I can help with presentations, speeches, and other types of public speaking. You can speak with confidence!

Everyday English › Free Conversation

The world is your oyster! Tell me your interests or areas you would like to focus on, and let's discuss.


Rollins College
Liberal Arts › Humanities (Bachelor)
Work Experience:
2007 - 2010
JET Programme Education
Teaching Professional
Developed original and engaging English lesson plans focused on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Increased participation in the weekly English club by 150%.
2012 - 2015
ECC Education
Teaching Professional
Taught one-to-one, small group, and larger group classes to both children and adults. Coached students on test-taking strategies for standardized tests. Maintained an 80-100% retention rate for adult group classes.
2016 - 2017
City of Detroit Financial Service
Other Professional
Served as assistant to the Agency Chief Financial Officer for the Detroit Fire Department. Developed, authored, and implemented the Departmental Financial Services Standard Operating Manual for the DFD. Composed business correspondence, prepared presentations, and oversaw office operations.
2017 - 2021
VIPKID Education
Teaching Professional
Taught creative and effective one-to-one lessons to students aged 4-14. Over 6000 classes taught, an overall 5.0 feedback rating from parents, with an exemplary attendance record.


Overall: 4.95

Teaching Skill
4.91 (/ 5.00)
4.92 (/ 5.00)
4.99 (/ 5.00)
4.97 (/ 5.00)
Voice/Video Clarity
4.97 (/ 5.00)

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