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Deep
Β« Perfect! Very good tutor! Β»
$25/h
1st lesson is free!
Profile and diploma verified
Response Time 9h
Lessons offered by Brian Knox
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Vocabulary - English
  • ESL
  • Oral expression - English
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Listening comprehension - English
  • Accent reduction - English
Levels
  • All Levels

ESL tutor: Let's speak native English like an actor on T.V., with clarity and confidence while having lots of fun!

Methodology

I'm a experienced professional film and theatre actor, and I'm inspired to use this experience and training for your English lessons. With active participation, we can jump right in to a scene or improvisation using the English language, and play characters in a story, or explore language while improvising in a scene together. I use fun, interactive ways for you practice the sounds, rhythm and feeling of speaking Native English. All this means having an authentic and fun experience, and learning faster.

I am currently in Bangkok Thailand (12-15 hours time difference), so please allow extra time for me to respond to your request.

I am excited to hear from you, so why not book your free trial lesson today!

Background

Private ESL tutor (TEFL from Oxford seminars 2018) with 2 years teaching experience, using performance theatre and film acting as a basis for learning English as a second language. Professional film actor with 49 IMDB credits: (BFA acting - University of Alberta 1987). Guest lecturer: ESL for political sciences at Srinkiharwinot university social sciences dept., Bangkok Thailand both in person and online remotely. Created and taught ESL for policing to the Royal Thai police department in Bangrak Bangkok, September 2019.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $ 25/h
Lessons offered by Brian Knox
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Vocabulary - English
  • ESL
  • Oral expression - English
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Listening comprehension - English
  • Accent reduction - English
Levels
  • All Levels

Brian Knox's Resume

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
Passionate and integrity-driven professional actor and teacher, comic performer and musician, 35+ years of experience, 49 professional credits (IMDB), strong ability with communication, language and sound. Dynamic personality and desire to connect with people, combined with extensive theatre background and training, seeking excellence in education, film and professional theatre.

EDUCATION
TEFL: Oxford Seminars, 2018 Vancouver, BC. Canada
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Theatre/Acting, 1987 University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB, Canada

LANGUAGES SPOKEN AND STUDIED
English (native), French (fluent), Spanish, German, Russian, Thai

SKILLS
Computer: excellent understanding most common applications, Mac, Windows, Linux, some basic Unix, creative social media experience and approach, including TicToc, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook + others, excellent learning curve with new programs, apps.
35+ years experience as professional performer, live theatre, film and television theatre improvisation, music, stand up comedy.
15+ years technical film & theatre experience, video, camera, lighting, sound, stagecraft, stage combat, writing, directing, film editing.
* professional Theatre/Film resumes available upon request.

SELECTED WORK HISTORY
ESL Tutor, 2019 to 2021- β€’ Vancouver, CA / Bangkok TH
β€’ Private ESL tutor, 4 students (3 ongoing) Zoom online and in person, (superprof.ca / preply.com) excellent reviews and recommendations:

ESL guest teacher, 2020-2021 Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok TH
β€’ online guest lecturer, social science department, ESL for political science: interactive lessons, presentations and evaluation of students’ final presentations.

Volunteer ESL teacher, Sept 2019 Royal Thai police dept,
(in conjunction with Srinakharinwirot University) Bangrak, Bangkok TH
β€’ created and taught an interactive ESL for policing lesson for 40 active Thai police officers

Professional theatre, film and television actor, 1983 to 2021- β€’ Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, CA
β€’ Professional film actor (ACTRA/ UBCP#198), 49 credits IMDB

ESL guest lecturer, Jan 8 2019 Srinakharinwirot University Bangkok TH
β€’ created and taught political science ESL plan - 65 students

Volunteer 2006 to 2020 - β€’ Vancouver, British Columbia
β€’ front of house/ usher, the Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)

Subscriptions/ ticketer/ front of house, 1999 to 2001 - β€’ Toronto, Ontario
β€’ subscriptions department Mirvish Productions, King street west

The 7 reviews on Brian Knox
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Deep

Perfect! Very good tutor!

Brian Knox's response

I really enjoyed meeting Deep and teaching both ESL an acting at the same time. She is enthusiastic and willing to learn. I'm quite certain that with practice and repetition, Deep will achieve a more Native English sound and an authentic presence as an actor.

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Shan

Perfect! It was very interesting. Brian has a love of language that is infectious :)

Brian Knox's response

It was delightful to meet and share with Shan, who I found well spoken and quite advanced with her English pronunciation already. I believe that with mindfulness and continued practice of details and phrasing, Shan will develop an elegant and well spoken communication style in English. BKM

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D

Perfect! I have been studying English with Brian for some time. He is an actor and also an earnest and interesting English teacher. In the class, he is good at using many different ways of teaching. After the class, he always gives me lots of resources about the lesson, including the lesson video, his detailed comments, new vocabularies with their meanings. I highly recommend Brian to everyone who wants to improve their English.

Brian Knox's response

Andy is a very enthusiastic student with a positive personal energy and is very motivated to improve his English. Teaching him was excellent and fun!

4 recommendations

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Irina

I have known Brian since we studied in Oxford Seminars in Vancouver in 2018. Brian was the most creative in our class. His lessons were interesting, educative and fun. We always keep in touch after our graduation. Brian enjoys teaching and his students like him a lot.

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Tae Sung

He is an incredible teacher. In the first class, he motivated me to work harder. He pulled out many prepared scripts and asked me to practice. It was an unparalleled experience. He is not like any other ESL teacher. His teaching methods are exciting and fun. He also recorded the class and reported to me what to improve. I decided to continue taking his class. I highly recommend him if you want to speak like a native.

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Dr.

I highly recommend Brian Knox McGugan for an English teacher. As an Assistant Professor of Department of Political Science at Srinakharinwirot University, in 2019-2020, I invited him to be guest lecturer in my English for Political Science class. He is a well organized teacher who develops inspiring relationships with his students. His ability to connect with his students and his talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced in World Politics topics during Covid-19 crisis are both truly superior. Brian accomplishes all these tasks with great initiative and positive attitude. I do recommend Brian to you without reservation.

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Nina

Brian and I have known each other for 2 years. He tutored me in 2019 when I had immigrated in Canada. Brian is an incredible teacher, he uses different approaches in his tutoring based on the needs of each student. He is a great listener and teacher, very friendly and educated. He helped me a lot with grammar, everyday conversation topics, idioms, and even with the engineering vocabulary as this is my professional field. Each session with Brian was different - we went to the library, recorded videos, listened to music, shopped together, and attended social events.
I highly recommend Brian to anybody who would like to learn English and gain a great experience!
5 stars only!

Brian Knox's interview

QUESTION 01 | 05
1. When and why did you develop an interest in your chosen field? *
Brian Knox β€” I was first inspired by my grade 10 drama teacher Gary Stromsmoe at Western Canada High School in Calgary Canada, who made drama class the coolest place to be in school. I was intrigued by Theatre as a crazy and wonderful form of self expression and followed in the footsteps of other performers who were also colleagues and students of Gary: [Michael Stirling Green/ One Yellow Rabbit, Ikarus theatre co]. Today I want to integrate my experience and energy as a actor with my new field as ESL teacher to create fun and effective lessons for my students.
QUESTION 02 | 05
2. What makes you passionate about your subject? *
Brian Knox β€” I've always been passionate about languages, travel and culture, so this is an opportunity both as teacher and student, to further my experience and learning in the field of language learning, and in sharing my energy with others.
QUESTION 03 | 05
3. What do you like about tutoring? What makes you a "Superprof"? *
Brian Knox β€” I love the opportunity to work 1 on 1 and see the student improve. I'm also interested in being creative about adapting my lessons as needed for each student.
QUESTION 04 | 05
4. Do you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you? *
Brian Knox β€” Gary Stomsomoe (WCHS Drama) in Calgary was wonderful in his quiet vulnerable way of expressing his true self without need for affirmation. This caused his students to naturally want to collaborate with him. Wes Nuttall (WCHC Social Studies) in Calgary went out of his way with funny and imaginative over the top play acting to encourage us to learn about historical events. He even stood up on his desk once to illustrate Michelangelo falling off his scaffold, complete with voice and sound effects. This class was always very sought after and completely booked up. Jan 2021: I'm here in Bangkok Thailand, I think back to my Oxford Seminars TEFL teacher Ian McKinnon who inspired me with his dead-pan wry faced sense of humour, with humorous stories about the ins and outs of travelling the world, teaching English in even the most bizarre and interesting circumstances. We all laughed a lot in that class; it was a fresh start for me, and exciting and inspiring class that has me excited and looking forward my further adventures teaching and travelling soon.
QUESTION 05 | 05
5. What are your keys to success? *
Brian Knox β€” Optimism, energy, listening and creativity, and all of this coming from my unique perspective as a professional performer.

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