Hello there. My name is Freddie and welcome to my teaching profile!
I am a freelance teacher from Kent in the south of England. I am a highly qualified and experienced teacher, Director of Studies, examiner, entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, and, university ambassador. I teach for schools and universities while running teaching website Focus on Learning. Outside of the classroom, I like to pursue entrepreneurial and mentoring activities.
I hold a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK. I hold a Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL), with British Council TEFL-Q Status which I passed with Distinction. I am also an experienced examiner holding the Cambridge Certificate in the Concepts and Contexts of Assessment (CCCA) and I have examined for over five years. I also have an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure (DBS) certificate for working with children.
I have over 11 years teaching experience. I have taught children and adults, across 10 different countries; in schools and universities. My teaching has consistently been assessed at 'Outstanding’ or ‘Distinction’ level. I have taught in: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. As Director of Studies, I have managed teams of teachers internationally. I also mentor university students for which the University of Kent awarded me 2017/18 Mentor of the Year.
– Spoken English: Fluency, conversational English, discussions and debates.
– Academic English: University entry, academic writing and conducting research.
– Exam Preparation: IELTS, Cambridge exams, GCSE and A-level, degree.
– Teacher Training: Methodology and pedagogy.
– Career Development: CVs, covering letters, job applications and interviews.
How my lessons work:
Before our first lesson I will send you a comprehensive Needs Analysis which will assess your specific requirements so that you can get the most out of your lessons. Each lesson will be tailored to you and will include an outline plan. Lessons will use a wide range of materials including many I have designed myself. We will feedback at the end of each session to review your progress and ensure you stay on track.
My teaching philosophy:
Every student is individual and unique; no two classes are the same, which is a key part of what I love about teaching. Therefore, I completely tailor my lessons to each students’ specific needs. I believe language should first and foremostly be about communication and have real world use. I love learning for its own sake and believe learning should be its own reward. I also believe learning should be fun, where possible, and so I like to inject some British humour into my lesson.
Personally, I love drinking tea (black, with milk naturally!) combined with any of the following: business, economics, entrepreneurship, stock trading, philosophy, religion, politics, travel, writing and good food. For fun I play board games, read, go to pub quizzes and socialise. I love travel and culture (taking plenty of photos) and have travelled extensively around mainland Europe.
Say hello :-)
Send me a message and let me know what you would like and I will tailor my lessons to your specific needs. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals!