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Nafiseh
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Nafiseh
« Perfect! It was a great experience! Mark is a kind, patient teacher and very knowledgeable with a very effective method. I strongly recommend his lessons. »
$25/h
1st lesson is free!
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Lessons offered by Mark
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESL
  • Vocabulary - English
  • Oral expression - English
  • Listening comprehension - English
  • Business English
  • IELTS
Levels
  • All Levels

English Language Instructor with a Master's Degree in TESL/TEFL and a CELTA looking to tutor students in the Halifax area

Methodology

I try and create a relaxed learning environment in each of my classes where students feel comfortable interacting with others and expressing themselves. This, in turn, can motivate students to improve their overall language ability by giving them the confidence they need to be successful. My classes are student-centered, where every student is involved in the learning process. I encourage all students to take responsibility for their own learning in order to reach their own goals and objectives.

Background

I have recently returned to Nova Scotia after having taught English in South Korea for over 16 years. I have a Master's Degree in TESL/TEFL from the University of Birmingham, UK, and have completed a CELTA as well. I worked as an assistant professor including 2 years as head of the department at a university in Seoul for 11 years. Aside from teaching all four skills in a number of environments, I have also taught other ESL subjects over the years including ones with an academic focus (academic reading and writing) and ones focused on business (business conversation, presentations, negotiations, email writing). Furthermore, I have ample experience in teaching children as well.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $ 25/h
Lessons offered by Mark
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESL
  • Vocabulary - English
  • Oral expression - English
  • Listening comprehension - English
  • Business English
  • IELTS
Levels
  • All Levels

Mark's Resume

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
• Over 16 years teaching experience including 11 at the university level
• Master of Arts in TEFL/TESL and CELTA designations
• Certified IELTS examiner
• Extensive international teaching experience
• Ability to incorporate theoretical methodologies and practical techniques and apply them to the classroom

EDUCATION
JULY 2015
MASTER OF ARTS TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGE
UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM, BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
• Pass with Merit.
• Relevant Coursework: language teaching methodologies, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics.

JANUARY 2016
CELTA
INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
• Pass with Grade A.

MAY 2003
BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER UNIVERSITY, ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
• Relevant Coursework: management, marketing, finance.



EXPERIENCE

2019 – CURRENT
CERTIFIED IELTS EXAMINER
IDP CANADA, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
• Currently awaiting testing to begin again after COVID-19 stoppage.
• Administered and evaluated the speaking portion of the International English Language Test in Seoul, South Korea for approximately one year.

2020 – CURRENT
ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR (PART-TIME)
EAST COAST LANGUAGE COLLEGE, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
• Currently acting as a substitute instructor.
• Taught an online 10-week upper-intermediate EAP (English for Academic Purposes) course along with a general skills class to adults who were seeking post-secondary education in Nova Scotia.
• Was responsible for preparing course lesson plans and assessing students on their academic skills in the areas of essay writing, research, presentations, and comprehension of both academic texts and audio.

2009 - 2020
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
MYONGJI UNIVERISTY, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
• Taught credit courses focused on general English conversation with additional classes centering on academic skills consisting of academic writing, oral presentations, debate, and topic discussion.
• Was responsible for at least 8 classes per semester totaling 160 students ranging from 1st year to 4th year.
• Assisted in the creation and the development of the English Conversation curriculum over the past decade.
• Developed an extensive collection of course materials consisting of language and skills-based lessons, communicative tasks, listening and oral examinations and other assessment tools.
• Received positive reviews from students in each semester finishing in the top 20% - 30% of all instructors at the university.
• Served as head of the English Conversation Department from 2017 – 2019. Led a team of 7 instructors during this time. Created schedules for each semester, conducted departmental meetings, and managed any concerns or problems the instructors had.
• Incorporated a learning management system (NEOLMS) into my classes with great success.
• Conducted job interviews for prospective instructors.



2014 - 2019
ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR (PART-TIME)
YONSEI FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
• Led general English classes for government officials focusing on all four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).
• Taught intensive programs for Yonsei University students throughout the winter months. Courses included English conversation and academic writing.
• Developed curriculum for a business email writing class to 4th year Yonsei University students.
• Conducted the English section of KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency) job interviews.
2014 - 2019
ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR (PART-TIME)
CARROT ENGLISH, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
• Taught English classes to employees from different companies mostly focused on business English skills (general conversation, presentations, negotiations, email writing).
• Conducted both 1:1 and group classes.
• Developed curriculum for each class.
• Companies included Hyundai, LG, SK, Daewoo, S-Oil, CJ, Amore Pacific and Standard Chartered Bank.

2010 - 2013
ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR (PART-TIME)
EUNPYUNG LIFELONG LEARNING CENTER, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
• Conducted two bi-weekly conversation classes to adult learners ranging in age from 25 to 75.
• Developed curriculum for each 3-month semester for different level language learners ranging from beginner to upper intermediate.
• Created a vast quantity of communicative tasks designed to give adult learners opportunities to use their language skills in an English-speaking environment.

2006 - 2009
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR
GANGNAM SCHOOL DISTRICT, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
• Taught the national curriculum to grades 4 through 6 as well as a curriculum of my own to grades 1 and 2.
• Expanded beyond the national curriculum to include a speaking aspect for the benefit of the students.
• Constructed a summer camp curriculum which was implemented with great success.
• Assisted in constructing an English Center curriculum which mimicked real life scenarios.

SKILLS
• Languages:
o Beginner level in Korean
• Microsoft Word:
o Formatting
o Using design and layout
o Annotating • Microsoft Excel:
o Formatting
o Using formula functions
o Creating custom spreadsheets
• Microsoft PowerPoint
o Working with custom templates
o Animating
o Using multimedia

Reviews on Mark
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Nafiseh

Perfect! It was a great experience! Mark is a kind, patient teacher and very knowledgeable with a very effective method. I strongly recommend his lessons.

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