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About

With 4 years experience teaching French, German and English I am a dedicated language teacher driven by a strong desire to share my passion for languages and also my language learning techniques.

Over the course of my career I have had the opportunity to teach students from different cultural backgrounds. My language studies began when I studied French at the University of Manchester. Using the language learning skills I aquired at university I decided to study German on my own. In both of these languages I have achieved C1 level and was lucky enough to be able to teach them in Switzerland.

 

I currently live in Japan where I teach English, French and German while working on my Japanese skills. In addition to those languages I have a strong interest in Russian thanks to my wonderful wife.

My Experience

Sunrise School, Osaka

January 2018-Present

  • Taught English in one-to-one and group classes for students of all ages and levels

  • Wrote blog articles for the company’s website to promote English learning outside the classroom

  • Provided clear explanations of grammar and gave further explanations in Japanese when necessary

Eurolingual, Osaka

December 2017-Present

  • Taught one-on-one classes in French, German and English to beginners and more advanced students

  • Prepared my own lesson material and construct courses

  • Adapted my teaching and resources to the level and needs of the student

César Ritz Colleges, Luzern

October 2015-October 2017

  • Taught French and German to classes ranging from 5 to 15 students

  • Taught beginner level functional French and German to foreign students from different backgrounds

  • Organised extra-curricular activities (French and German language clubs) to promote language learning and help struggling students

  • Prepared courses and materials for classes in addition to grading exams and homework

Education

The University of Manchester: PGCE

2012-2013

Grade: Good (second best grade achievable)

  • Experience working with large workloads, including planning lessons and grading classwork

  • Knowledge of classroom management and methods to improve engagement

  • Experience working with students of all backgrounds

The University of Manchester: Mathematics with a Modern Language

2008-2012

Grade: 2:1 with distinction in spoken French

  • Studied translation from French to English and vice versa

  • Studied French grammar and pronunciation to a high level

  • Produced texts in French and participated in classroom discussions in French

Migros Klubschule SVEB (Swiss Teaching Qualification)

2016-2017

  • Completed a group project on vocabulary acquisition and retention

  • Participated in class discussions about teaching methods

  • Presented my own project and teaching resources in German

My Skills

Languages

  • English – native

  • French – near native (C2)

  • German – full professional proficiency (Goethe Zertifikat C1)

  • Japanese – limited professional proficiency (B1)

  • Russian – limited professional proficiency (B1)

Teaching

  • Experience teaching both large and small groups

  • Classroom management skills

  • Experience teaching adults and teenagers

  • Time management skills

  • Experience creating and using interactive classroom resources

IT Skills

Fully proficient in Microsoft Office: PowerPoint and Word

Knowledge of the online platform Moodle
Currently taking a course to learn Python