Working with English people
Aside from growing up, living, and going to school in Canada, I also have worked in retail and customer service, as well as waitressing. So, I can help students gain a better understanding of what kind of language to use in order to give good service or be friendly, appropriate, kind, etc.
Having English friends
I am Canadian and, having grown up there, all of my friends are Canadian as well! I can help my students gain first hand experience of what that is like!
Reading and writing English
From kindergarten to university, everything I have ever written - every essay, resume, diary entry, job application, short story, review - has been in English! I have helped individuals with intermediate and upper intermediate English skills read and write properly and with ease! Reading is essential in helping individuals get a firm grasp on spelling, as well as growing their vocabulary.
Understanding English movies
Watching movies in English is a great way to learn! And since most of the movies made today are in English, we have an almost unlimited source of learning material available! Students and I have watched the same films or series and discussed the events in much the same manner as English literature analysis, all the while having fun!
English lifestyle and culture
Almost everyone around the globe is immersed in American and British lifestyle and culture, so we have a great many topics to talk about! I find that the more laid back and carefree the topic of conversation the more engaged my students become! What better things to talk about while practicing English than music, the arts, technology, and current affairs?!
Marrying a native English
My ex-common law partner was Australian, and so I even know some Aussie slang!