Founder - Owner and Teacher at Brettem English
Not Just an English tutor!
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With over 20 years of experience, coaching both Deaf and hearing students with British Sign Language and over 5 years teaching ONLINE English as a second language to all ages and abilities. I have helped people improve communication on all levels.
After my experience teaching online, I felt I could reach more people and help them on their language learning journeys. Thus, Brettem English was born and with the use of technology and the internet, there’s no better time to learn a new language from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace.
My teaching philosophy includes:
Treating all students with absolute equality, regardless of age, gender, nationality, intellectual ability, or personal attractiveness.
Making it clear that I see teaching as involving a reciprocal relationship between teachers and students - I expect that teachers have duties to their students and that students have duties to their teachers.
I believe that it is my responsibility as a teacher to provide students with the following:
An environment conducive to learning.
The knowledge that will help them be successful in achieving their lives' goals.
Materials, opportunities, and feedback that will help them learn, and help in becoming and remaining motivated to be successful both in their studies and in applying their knowledge to solve problems in their lives.
I also believe that my students have duties to me, to their fellow students, and themselves. I believe that these duties support me in fulfilling my commitments to students. Thus, I believe that it is the students' responsibility to be supportive of the teacher and fellow students by being:
• tolerant of different points of view,
• prepared for class,
• willing to work hard to complete course activities,
• willing to bring their life experiences into the class to enrich discussions,
• willing to try to apply what they learn in class to solve the problems they face on their jobs and in their lives.
I've tried to keep two things in mind: first, I focus on the student’s needs, rather than the demands of a concept or text.
it's more important to teach students skills than things, and secondly, that students learn skills best through an interactive teaching style that demands their participation and challenges their abilities.
I structure questions into my presentation that are designed to prompt student engagement.
Making myself not so much an expert in my field, but a partner in learning. Although many things characterize me as a teacher, my teaching philosophy is based primarily on optimism. I believe that all my students, with the help of the right tools, will be able to overcome any difficulties that the study of a foreign language might
I believe that one of my best qualities as a teacher is my ability to inspire confidence in my students so that they feel comfortable expressing themselves regardless of their level of ability.
Each of my students will be guaranteed the opportunity to express him or herself to the best of his or her abilities
I strive to find innovative ways of teaching that address the diverse needs of all of my students, using age-appropriate and engaging material in every class.
During class time students are always required to speak in English!
I understand this can be a struggle and does not come naturally for most students learning a second language.
The first step, then, is to put the student at ease in such a way that even the timidest student can make the most of his or her time in the classroom.