Profile

Ben

Ben
$30 (45 min)
Qualification
Teaching Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults - CELTA
Cambridge University - 2018

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - DipTESOL
Trinity College - 2019

BscEcon International Relations
University of Wales - 2011

Name Ben
Country United Kingdom
Native Language English
Preferred student age
Secondary school (12-17)
Students (17-22)
Preferred level of students
Intermediate
Upper Intermediate
Advanced
Can also teach
English
Can speak
French
German
Italian
Spanish

Subject

English

English lessons for children

I have taught children from age 8 upwards, in both public and private schools, and in private tuition. I enjoy encouraging young learners to use their imagination and improve their critical thinking skills.

Intensive English

I've taught on courses that lasted from 2-4 weeks in order to give students' skills - especially speaking - a fast boost

English for beginners

I've taught beginner children and adults and like to make use of Total Physical Response, and phonological activities so that students get off on the right foot and don't develop fossilised errors

Business English

I've taught in-company and freelance Business English to learners of Pre-Intermediate to Proficient levels, and think that I will probably return to making this a main focus of mine.

Conversational English

I have taught conversation classes of up to 24 students and enjoy acting as a facilitator for fluency-building mingles, discussions and roleplays.

Reading and writing English

I have worked very extensively in English for Academic Purposes, and know a number of strategies to help improve students' abilities with written text.

About Tutor

Hi there! I'm Ben and I've been teaching English as a Foreign Language for 11 years now, in a number of different countries and settings.

I specialise in one-to-ones and in English for Academic Purposes, but I also prepare students for just about every exam you can think of, including Cambridge Preliminary, First Certificate, Advanced, IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL and GMAT.

I design every course to fit the individual student, so if you book lessons with me you will be getting the lessons you need and want!

I think that vocabulary is extremely important and will show you how to organise your self-study and keep excellent notebooks.

I have an expert knowledge of grammar and can explain difficult concepts in a way that you will understand.

Experience

I've specialised in one-to-one tuition and so understand well how to tailor my courses to meet the unique needs of my individual students, but I've also taught in: -

- A public university in China
- Private language schools in Bohemia (CZ), Bratislava (SK) and Puglia (IT)
- A publicly-funded adult literacy program in California
- An elementary school in Korea

Teaching Approach

Besides bespoke tuition, I also favour a lexical approach to teaching language, and have seen that in most cases, students learn a lot more from breaking language into manageable 'chunks' than they do from studying grammar rules.

I also like to use flipped-learning and guided discovery as tools to engage the students, so that their independent study is maximised and then the language can be activated and upgraded during their lessons with me.