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!
Brian Knox is one of our best tutors. High-quality profile and excellent qualifications, organised and responsive to lesson requests, appreciated by their students!
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.
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.
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
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- ‒ Vancouver, CA / Bangkok TH
• 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
• 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
• created and taught an interactive ESL for policing lesson for 40 active Thai police officers
Professional theatre, film and television actor, 1983 to 2021- ‒ Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, CA
• Professional film actor (ACTRA/ UBCP#198), 49 credits IMDB
ESL guest lecturer, Jan 8 2019 Srinakharinwirot University Bangkok TH
• created and taught political science ESL plan - 65 students
Volunteer 2006 to 2020 - ‒ Vancouver, British Columbia
• front of house/ usher, the Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
Subscriptions/ ticketer/ front of house, 1999 to 2001 - ‒ Toronto, Ontario
• subscriptions department Mirvish Productions, King street west
Perfect! He is very professional, patient, and a good listener which is very helpful if you want to improve your accent and overall your verbal expression, he uses Acting methods to help you, increase your confidence expressing yourself.
I loved meeting Raquel and hearing her story, as well as her dreams for a future as a screenwriter and artist in the motion picture industry. She is intelligent and passionate, and I am quite certain that with study and practice, Raquel can achieve an excellent and elegant writing and speaking style in English.
Perfect! Brian incorporated a lot of training methods from acting and performing into the lesson, which I found super helpful for an ESL learner to really open up the mouth and get a sense of English rhythm. He is well prepared, organized, and able to analyze from a linguistical point of view. I must say I am benefited more than I expected.
I very much enjoyed Rita, who is educated, enthusiastic and well spoken. With practice and repetition, I am sure that she will soon have a wonderfully elegant native Canadian manner of speaking.
Perfect! Very good tutor!
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.
Perfect! It was very interesting. Brian has a love of language that is infectious :)
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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