I try to maintain a relaxed and fun atmosphere in my classes, because I believe that students learn best when they feel comfortable expressing themselves. My students are encouraged to talk a lot and ask a lot of questions. I think the best way to improve your English is to practice speaking as much as possible. Don't be afraid to make mistakes in class, because they are an important part of the learning process that everyone can learn from. I hope to see you in class!
My philosophy regarding teaching English is based on the fundamental that there is no substitute for practice.
I do my best to clearly introduce an issue for discussion, teach vocabulary, then prompt a conversation with my students. I believe that providing an opportunity for one to express one's self is the best way to encourage my students to apply (and thereby strengthen) their abilities.
I try my best to provide stimulating topics, tailored to my student's interests.
I strive to give students the ability to discuss the topics that are important to them. I believe that it's important to be able to understand each student's unique difficulties and goals, and subsequently to tailor my teaching approach to leave them feeling satisfied, engaged, and interested in the materials I've taught. I always try to make learning fun, but at the same time provide motivation and concrete suggestions on how the student may improve his/her English.
I first became interested in teaching while working a volunteer position tutoring recent Chinese immigrants in Seattle, after successive trips to the mainland. It was this interest that brought me to Taiwan and my first teaching opportunity seven years ago. Since that time, I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing language and life experience with adult students of all ages and backgrounds. It has been my pleasure, these past years, to work with so many interesting and eager learners who have helped welcome me my home.
I believe a language classroom should be a place where students are encouraged to help themselves promote their own language skills through interactive vocabulary acquisition, contextual grammar focus and, most importantly, a fun, comfortable environment where students will feel at ease. It is my goal to make my classroom a place where every student will gain confidence and expand their skills building off their existing foundation.
I’m in Taiwan teaching English because I feel that it is a great opportunity to learn a new language and experience a different culture than the one I am used to. I’ve always enjoyed teaching, and I think that teaching in Taiwan is a valuable experience and a great opportunity to learn a major world language. I love Taiwan, and every day here is a ton of fun.
My teaching philosophy is simple. You can’t learn if you aren’t having fun. Creativity is the cornerstone of an English education. A good English class should be like telling ghost stories around a campfire, a little scary at first and a lot of fun at the end, with plenty of memories in between!