English Teacher for conversation - intermediate and advanced
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Russian language and literature, and a Master of Arts in Russian technical translation. I speak Russian fluently. This has been a very useful tool for teaching English to Russians.
I finished a TEFL certification in 2005, which qualifies me to teach adolescents. I also finished a CELTA certification in 2009, which qualifies me to teach adults.
I have been teaching English for the past 9 years in Asia. I have experience teaching in Thai and Korean high schools, in a university in Thailand and in a college in Oman. I also have experience teaching individual (or private) students in language schools.
Experience: 9 years
My name is Gary. I am an American citizen, born in the state of Ohio, but finished high school and university in New York and in California.
I love traveling and living in cultures that are different from my own. I have lived in many places in the U.S., including New York, San Francisco, Alaska and Hawaii. I have also spent 4 years in Western, Central and Eastern Europe (including Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Russia and Ukraine), and 9 years in Asia (Thailand, South Korea and Oman).
In my free time, I like to watch movies, listen to music, meet with friends and explore Thailand.
I also enjoy writing and have completed a trilogy (3-part) novel about Russia in 1992.
I really prefer the one-on-one approach. I love preparing and helping people to meet their goals. I have helped students prepare for university and for business ventures, as well as to meet their personal goals. Helping students reach their goal always gives me a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
I don't teach beginners (A1 and A2) in English because that's not my strength. I teach intermediate (B1 and B2) and advanced (C1 and C2) students who already have a good foundation in English.
If you are an intermediate or advanced student of English, then I want to first find out what your goals are, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. My methods are normally role-plays that involve a lot of speaking for you and free chat with me based on discussions of topics that you choose. I will correct your errors in pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. I will also check your comprehension of what you have read. This combination of role-plays and free chat works very well for improving pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary and, at the same time, getting practice in conversation with a native American English speaker. So your listening and speaking skills will improve simultaneously. (There are real physical reasons to explain why someone is not pronouncing a sound correctly. I will show you how to correct that.)
(Note: If you relocated to an English-speaking country, you may not need the free chat on topics, since you probably already get that practice on-site. In that case, we will concentrate on the role-plays.)
I am a patient person, so please don't be afraid to make mistakes because that's how you learn and improve your English skills.
I also worked for 5 years for an American export company as a sales representative, so I can help you with your business English as well. My writing skills are quite high, so you can ask me for help with editing your own writing.
If you want to study with me, but you don't see a time slot available that fits into your schedule, please send me an email to tell me when you can study with me. I will then do my best to reserve a time slot for you.