About me
I'm an English teacher with 18 years of experience, and I offer online TEFL classes for foreign students and grammar lessons for natives. I have a YouTube channel with more than 500 English lessons (MrSkypelessons), and I am the author of 2 English study guides.
My Experience
My teaching career started in Moscow, where I worked for 8 years with adults and kids of all levels. My experience in Russia gave me the opportunity to study a foreign language, so I have a deep understanding of the frustrations and difficulties of language acquisition. I still attend online Russian classes, so I know exactly how it feels to be an online language learner. In 2011, I returned to the UK and started working freelance as an online English tutor. I found students by making videos on YouTube, and anyone who is interested in my teaching methodology should watch some of these lessons. I now have more than 500 English lessons on the 'MrSkypelessons' YouTube channel.
For the last 4 years, I have been teaching English grammar to hundreds of UK English teachers as part of a Skills and Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE), funded by the Department for Education. In these classes, I give my colleagues tips on how to identify parts of speech, how to punctuate phrases and clauses, and how to recognize rhetorical devices. I have enjoyed this opportunity immensely, as it has provided me with a better insight into the nuances of English grammar.
I have also written two books over the last few years. One of these books is aimed at TEFL students, and deals with vocabulary (Visual Phrasal Verbs), while the other is written for natives, and deals with grammar and punctuation.
My Teaching Methods
I teach English as a Foreign Language to all ages, levels, and nationalities. I am a big fan of the communicative approach, so my online classes are geared towards sharpening your speaking skills; in each lesson, I encourage students to retell an English book or film that they have recently seen, while I listen carefully and correct the mistakes. For many repeated mistakes, I simply make a gesture to let the student know about the error, and in this way, students get the chance to correct their own mistakes. During the classes, I make notes on any errors and new vocabulary, and I send a copy of this lesson feedback after the class. For homework, I set reading, writing, and grammar tasks. I also give links to YouTube videos from my 'MrSkypelessons' channel, where I explain the grammar or vocabulary topic in great detail, so that students have access to my explanations even when we are not physically 'in a lesson'. In addition to hundreds of online video lessons, I have a vocabulary book for learning phrasal verbs.
I also teach grammar to natives who would like to deepen their understanding of punctuation and rhetoric. I use my own course book (Grammar in Theory and in Practice) which focuses on how to identify different grammatical structures in typical GCSE texts (Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Frankenstein, 1984). This course has been extremely popular among the teachers that I work with. I am confident that I can teach the same course to anyone that wants to improve their use of English.
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Online classes are £40 for 60 minutes, for groups and individuals