My experience involves teaching a range of levels and ages of international students, both in Australia and overseas. I have taught a variety of levels from Beginner to Advanced, General English, EAP, IELTS and Cambridge
Have worked in Japan, China, and South Korea. I enjoy seeing students become more confident in their language abilities.
I always endeavour to see from the students’ point of view to pass on my experience, skills and knowledge in a supportive, positive manner whilst at the same time keeping the learning fun and enjoyable for the student to understand.
I started my career in Japan where I taught adults and children for 6 months. I have been teaching in Australia for the past 13 years. I worked at GEOS language school on the Gold Coast for 7 years, as a teacher and then as the DoS for the last 3 and a half years. When GEOS closed, I began working for Shafston where I have worked for the past 5 and a half years.
I have mainly taught adults and often to prepare them for higher education. I lived and taught in the United States, England, Italy, Japan and Korea.
I had worked in Tokyo, Japan for one year and Taipei, Taiwan for one year before coming to Shafston to teach.
I have been at Shafston for my whole career in ESL. During that time, I have taught General English, Cambridge and IELTS. I developed most of the course presently taught in IELTS, including supplementary weekly booklets and writing & speaking reference materials.
“Would I like being taught that and in that way?” If the answer’s no, I really do go to an awful lot of trouble sourcing, tailoring, designing and thinking of how to best present teaching materials, which are both relevant and engaging to my students. In fact, I’ve been known to stress over this a little too much at times. But after all, you’re only as good as your last lesson, in your students’ eyes that is.