Richard

Richard

I took an MA degree in Linguistics at Brighton University in 2014. I am a qualified teacher, with the Trinity TESOL certificate. One of the projects I undertook as part of the MA course involved looking at some of the difficulties sometimes encountered by Spanish speakers in learning English. To do this I recorded and transcribed samples of English spoken by the students. This research gave me some valuable insights into the second language learning process as experienced by this language group.
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I have always been interested in languages, and I have recently taken adult education classes in Italian, Spanish and French. This has helped me to develop further insights into the processes of acquiring a second language.

As well as teaching, I have often been involved in social programs for students, such as sports activities, cultural events and excursions.

 I will start by assessing the students’ level of English, and tailor the lessons to suit their level. Preparation is of course important for any teaching session, and I will create a set of lesson plans appropriate for the classes.

I will always try to make the classes as enjoyable as possible, by taking a relaxed, informal approach. At the same time I will try to create an environment in which the students are encouraged to undertake the tasks I give them to the best of their ability.

I use a wide range of resources and activities, to keep the lessons as varied and stimulating as possible, with a view to strengthening their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

I frequently use role play involving pair work and activities in small groups. This sometimes involves a written task followed by speaking.  Successful work of this kind depends on doing the groundwork as thoroughly as possible, so for example I will introduce new lexis and go over any difficult points beforehand.

I will often introduce a topic or grammar point on the board, using questions to elicit answers from the students to try to get an idea of their pre-existing knowledge, before introducing activities to develop their skills.

I use a wide variety of games in the classes, always with language development as the goal. Sometimes these involve “extra-linguistic” activities such as drawing and miming, or they may be lexical games or quizzes. 

The Italian film director Federico Fellini once said: “A different language is a different vision of life.” My main hope is always that students return to their country with an improved knowledge of English language and lifestyle.

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