Hi everyone! My name is Harley.
I'm from Auckland, New Zealand. My major in university was Chinese which led me to Taiwan in 2008 for practice. While I was here I discovered a passion for teaching that prompted me to return home and study teaching formally. Since then I have taught all levels of English to adults and teenagers from all over the world. I have found that the most effective learning strategies all depend on being immersed in a relaxed environment in which you can be yourself. I work hard to find topics and materials that resonate with my students and generate a real desire to communicate. I believe that everyone has something to teach me, and I enjoy learning from my students as they hone their English skills. I enjoy teaching at David's as they give me the freedom to tailor lessons to my students needs. Come along, tell us your goals, and let's get started.
Language exchange is very important to me. Putting some of your personality every dialogue, and activity that you encounter allows others to soak up a part of you. It also brings an opportunity for cross-cultural interaction. Meaning and forms of vocabulary and grammar yield a constructive context, and as language learners, we can break down barriers of tradition to speak more freely between cultures.
It is important to maintain variety and flow during language learning. The momentum at which this is achieved is what I call ‘language traffic.’ With dry, parrot-like practice, this momentum becomes congested. However, with plenty of conversation practice, particularly out of class and away from the text-book, I believe that that language is absorbed to a greater degree. This, mixed with frequent listening, reading and writing will make language learning more fun and productive.
Hi, I come from Perth, Western Australia. At university I majored in English and Philosophy because I love to read, write and question ideas about the world. I’m always keeping up-to-date with what’s happening globally through Twitter and in my free time I like to write funny or thought-provoking short stories. Learning English is a great way to connect with people from all over the world. My own experiences travelling have shown me the power that English has. I’ve seen Japanese people speaking to Germans in English, Russians speaking to French people in English, Brazilians speaking to Iranians in English, and the list goes on. The fact that English connects such a wide variety of people together is the main reason I’m excited to be an English teacher……and the lessons can be really fun too. So, hopefully I’ll see you walking my classroom soon!
My name is Rebecca and I am from the United States. I am a certified secondary English literature teacher and have taught students from pre-school age to adult. The first classes I ever taught were in sewing, which is one of my hobbies, along with many other arts and crafts. I came to Taiwan to gain teaching experience and to learn about about Taiwanese culture. I enjoy incorporating literature, art, music, films, current events, and personal experiences my lessons because I think they help students understand and remember information. I appreciate multiculturalism and encourage students to discuss their own customs and views to the classroom. The advice I would give to English language learners is to watch English language television and movies that you like, listen to English language music, and play games such as Scrabble and crossword puzzles.
Hello everyone, I’m Catherine. I like languages, music, traveling and meeting new people. Also, I enjoy teaching very much.
Learning English is always a wonderful thing. It makes you understand more about other cultures, and you will feel very different about yourself when you are able to talk in a different language. And that’s what makes learning English so much fun!
With all the happiness and laughter we have in class, speaking English is not terrible or scary anymore; instead, it becomes so much simpler and easier. Come to Catherine’s class to experience what an ease it can be to learn English!