Founder- Owner and Teacher at Brettem English
Not Just an English tutor!
With over 20 years’ experience, coaching both Deaf and hearing students with British Sign Language and over 4 years teaching ONLINE English as a second language to all ages and abilities. Helping to Improve communication on all levels.
After my experience teaching online, I felt I could reach more people and help them on their individual 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 personal 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 believe 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,
- 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 to themselves. I believe that these duties support me in fulfilling my duties 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, that although coverage of material is crucial, 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.
Making myself not so much an expert in my field, but a partner in learning. Although there are many things that characterize me as a teacher, my teaching philosophy is based on a fundamentally optimistic view. 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 present.
I strive to structure my teaching around my student’s needs, rather than the demands of a concept or text. When I develop a course or a lesson plan, for example, I always begin by asking myself what my students should know and be able to do at the end of the class, and then move on to designing the actual class content.
I structure questions into my presentation that are designed to prompt student engagement.
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
During class time students are always required to speak in English!
I understand this can be a struggle and does not come naturally for first time students. The first step, then, is to put the student at ease in such a way that even the most timid student is able to make the most of his or her time in the classroom.
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.