- English (UK): Native
- Portuguese: Advanced
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Business English and Native conversational English
Hello, my name is Laura and I'm from South UK. I moved to Portugal a few years ago and am still learning the language amongst the natives, so I can appreciate the difficulties of language learning.
You can expect a relaxed atmosphere and if it's our first meeting, an opportunity to assess your goals and get to know one another. I enjoy teaching Business English and General Everyday English and have a wide range of different scenarios, topics and materials to offer. I also enjoy reading and discussing current news articles and getting to know the kinds of topics that interest you, for conversation lessons.
I often introduce more native sounding and appropriate vocabulary, expressions and structure to help convey your ideas a little more easily, more smoothly and more naturally. I also correct your pronunciation and grammar where necessary and include full feedback notes in Skype, for your review.
I enjoy observing my students improve and there is nothing better than seeing all of their hard work, practice and dedication pay off. I've helped many students achieve a variety of different goals, from delivering presentations, to tour guide exams, to IELTS, TOEFL and MBA Interview training.
Also, many of my students have attended some of the top Business Schools, such as London Business School, UCLA and Chicago Booth! Please feel free to check out some of their feedback, here on my profile.
I very much look forward to meeting and speaking with you.
Exploring new vocabulary and idioms/useful phrases through articles or conversation and introducing more native sounding vocabulary, expressions and structure in order to convey ideas more easily, more smoothly and more naturally. Other resources, including a wide range of different topics, scenarios and activities to work through and discuss, while exploring new vocabulary and idioms.
Checking your pronunciation through interaction/reading articles and correcting sounds/identifying word stress and target sounds, in order to improve. Also carrying out pronunciation practice in order to articulate each word/sound clearly.
Skima Talk courses & other resources including a wide range of different topics, scenarios, functions and activities to work through and discuss, while exploring new vocabulary and idioms.
Reading through articles, working on pronunciation, word stress and intonation, exploring new vocabulary and idioms, discussion and/or follow-up questions.
Free conversational practice, small talk, discussion topics, introducing more natural and native vocabulary, expressions & idioms during natural conversation. Working on/building comfortability and confidence in communication.
Business and Management › NVQ Level 2
Business and Management › NVQ Level 3
Foreign Languages › TEFL/TESOL Master Course (Master)
I started off as a Customer Service Mortgage Advisor and then an Operations Administrator, before being promoted to a Management Information Analyst. I forecasted inbound call volumes within telephone operated departments for management, provided innovative and creative MI solutions to ensure a process of continuous improvement across the function, collated and distributed MI for all group production functional areas, produced daily, weekly and monthly performance reports, produced ad-hoc reports for management, to help maintain service levels within telephone operated departments, conducted presentations to call advisors new to the Q-MAX Workforce Management System, conducted Q-MAX system training to those seniors and managers new to Q-MAX, created training plans for new starters on the MI team and carried out the training.
Sales / Customer Support
I took a year out during this time, where I decided to travel to New Zealand on a working visa. I traveled a little around the North Island, by Kiwi Experience, of which I visited various places, including the Bay of Islands, Wanaka, Rotorua and ended up in Wellington, where I worked for 3 months part-time, as an Insurance Sales Consultant. I then continued the Kiwi Experience around the South Island, visiting Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, where I did a half-day kayak and hike, Franz Josef Glacier, where I did a half-day glacier trek and a helicopter flight with a snow landing, Queenstown, of which I did a tandem paraglide off of Coronet Peak and then Christchurch. I then went to Melbourne, Australia where I spent 6 weeks over Christmas and New Year, and finally, a month in Thailand, where I visited various places, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ko Pha Ngan. An experience I will never forget!
I worked for 4 years as a Management Information Analyst. I collated and distributed MI for all group functional areas and company contract holders, produced daily, weekly and monthly performance reports, produced ad-hoc reports for management to help maintain service levels within telephone operated departments, provided innovative and creative MI solutions to ensure a process of continuous improvement across the function and analysed call data and identified key areas for improvement.
ESL In-home tutor