Learning English is simple: practice, make mistakes, learn from your mistakes, and repeat until you feel comfortable.
But in real life? Speaking English is hard. And speaking like a "native" English speaker can seem impossible. I would like to help.
Do you find speaking English to be difficult? Can't really communicate? Do you want to quickly improve your speaking and see real results?
Learning English is not rocket science (English idiom). Or in other words, it’s probably not as difficult as you think it is.
Did you know that many linguists (language scientists) agree that an average student needs to use the same word 11-15 times to remember a single new English word?
Therefore, I emphasize practice during class - practical practices for practical situations!
Many ESL students have many different problems: afraid of speaking, bad pronunciation, terrible listening skills, repetitive vocabulary, using awkward translation from their native language…
Fortunately, with a good ESL tutor, you can spot your mistakes and work on them together – saving you time and giving you the confidence. However, if you'd like, we can focus on just speaking, and/or other skills of your preference.
Practice makes perfect!
After all, English is just a language. Relax, you'll be okay.
- 10+ years of working with ESL students in Canada
- English Major (Creative Writing Concentration), TESL Canada Certified from University of the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, BC)
- Currently working as an ESL teacher at a non-profit organization in Surrey
- Specializes in teaching immigrant ESL teens, adults, and seniors
- Volunteer and an active member of the local community
- Previous Youth Worker, Program Facilitator, and Volunteer Coordinator for non-profit organizations in Canada
- IELTS, PET, CAE Instructor for private schools in Seoul, Toronto, and Saudi Arabia
- Loves languages! Fluent in English and Korean. Studied Spanish, Japanese, and Arabic. Currently studying French and Mandarin.
- Have visited 20+ countries, and hopefully more
Do you want to speak, listen, read, and write in English? From the comfort of your living room (online class by Zoom)?
I guarantee you will improve your English with me in just 5 hours. OR YOUR MONEY BACK! Seriously.
*The 1st lesson (30 mins & free!): I will evaluate and “test” your English level. We will discuss your English goals and create a plan. Without a great plan, improving your English can be very difficult, if not impossible!
*The 2nd, 3rd, 4th class?: You can decide if you want to study 1 hour per class, or 2 hours per class. It’s really up to you and your comfort level.
*Study with a friend? Group classes are also available. Study together, have more fun, and save $!
I recommend that:
Level 2-3: you should focus on speaking and listening. Most importantly, focus on thinking quickly and being confident!
Level 4-6+: you should focus on using complex sentences, and also focus on reading and writing.
Level 7+: we just need to build on what you're already interested in, to get that native "feel" to it, you know?
Remember, I promise that you will improve your English in just 5 hours. Or your money back!
Good luck to you.
Youngmin Brandon Koo
More than a decade of experience in teaching ESL
Passionate, humorous, and client-oriented
TESL Canada-certified, B.A. in English
First Aid certified
OPTIONS COMMUNITY SERVICES Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Literacy Instructor (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 – 3:30)
Currently teaching Literacy (CLB 2-6) to Permanent Residents on Zoom, funded by IRCC
Current online classes: Adult Level 3, 4, 5, 6+ classes, English through Song Lyrics, English through Public Speaking
Previous classes: Canadian citizenship preparation, ICBC learners’ test preparation, Workplace English, Debate and Discussion
Prepared curriculum for Learning English through Cooking, Ukulele, and Art.
Taught ESL to Syrian newcomer youth groups, funded by Surrey Local Immigration Partnership
Various other administrative responsibilities
Volunteer Support Worker / Choose to Move Activity Coach
Volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, placement, and support work
Physical activity coach for Mandarin-speaking seniors
GREENBELL IELTS EDUCATION Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Taught Listening and Speaking to IELTS 3-6 Band students
Currently teaching as a tutor for students in special circumstances
ELS LANGUAGE CENTRES Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Taught beginner to intermediate level adults
Held main and elective classes: Speaking, Project-based, Conversation classes
MONDRAGON-WINTEC COLLEGES OF EXCELLENCE Umluj, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
Taught beginner to intermediate level adults
Curriculum solely based on Cambridge B1 (PET)
Held workshops for coworkers on tips on teaching PET
Honoured and successfully completed 1-year contract in Saudi Arabia
ILAC Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Taught beginner to pre-advanced level ESL students
Over 96% approval rate for two consecutive years
Curriculum included: Cambridge A1, A2, B1
Taught Youth Classes during summer and winter
IGE SCHOOL Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
English Tutor, Instructor
Taught ESL to Korean international students (K-12)
Taught Grade 10-12 English, Writing-Focus courses, and homework groups
Assembled the curriculum for summer English camp for intermediate level ESL students
ABBOTSFORD COMMUNITY SERVICES Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Program Co-Director / Youth Worker
Co-director of a weekend youth program hosted by Prospera Credit Union
Facilitated multicultural youth clubs at multiple schools in the local area
Recruited Canadian volunteers, tracked their volunteer hours
Fostered multiculturalism and Canadianism in newcomer youth in the community
UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Bachelor of Arts in English
TESL Canada Level 1
TESL practicum completed in UFV’s ESL classrooms
Japanese language scholarship
Organized events for Korean students on campus
Global Exchange Studies Program participant
PUSAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY Pusan, South Korea
(as a participant of UFV’s Global Exchange Studies Program)
Korean National Scholarship. Pusan National University Scholarship
Conversation leader of Global Studies Program.
CURRENT VOLUNTEER WORK:
OAK AVENUE NEIGHBOURHOOD HUB SOCIETY Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee Member
A member of 12-people committee that gives grants to community-building projects in Surrey
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