I grew up in Belgium speaking French at school and English at home. My mother tongue is English and I speak both languages as a native.
I completed my compulsory education in French and a good part of my University requirements were in French also.
Here they are in full:
Bachelor's Degree in Modern Literature (German + English)
Master's Degree in Literature and Linguistics (German and English)
PGCE to teach Germanic Languages in schools.
(Qualified Teacher Status for the UK)
TEFL Certificate to teach English as a Foreign Language.
TEFL for Online Teaching of English.
You essentially need 3 things:
1. A computer
2. Skype (The chat program)
3. A headset.
Neither needs to be expensive, and a headset is much preferred. Good hearing is essential. Using the microphone of the computer doesn't always work and can lead to frustrating results.
The advantage of one-on-one online teaching is that we don't.
Each learner is unique in many ways and for this reason a pre-designed plan wouldn't work. Some people may want conversation classes, others may want to revisit a language they haven't studied since school...Factors such as availability or motivation further influence the way a person learns.
Yes there is! I am sure you still remember that presentation you worked on so hard during your studies? Well, I believe that we learn better when we are actively involved in the process. I will ask you to research some notions or do some exercises in preparation of a class.
I teach students, retired people, school pupils, various professionals...
Different cases are possible:
Some learners may actively be using the target language after
moving to a new country.
Some learners may have a cultural interest in French or English with no practical needs for everyday communication.
There are many different reasons to study a language
and all are interesting!
Of course not! It is by no means required that we use the cameras on our computers. We can use the sound only.
I prefer bank transfer unless we live sufficiently close
that you can pay in cash.
Unfortunately I could not reasonably take phone calls during the day as I am...teaching! But I gladly answer emails.
Sometimes "less is more." I recommend one to three lessons weekly. Beyond that there is not enough time to process the learning.
The advantages are numerous:
The student has the undivided attention of the teacher.
You learn in a relaxed environment, which benefits your receptivity.
There are no inhibiting factors such as other more advanced students.
Increased facility to transfer messages and documents about lessons.
Time spared: No traveling to and back from a class.
A plan that adapts to your own learning as we progress.
Moodle is a website that I use and on which I store all my languages exercises and my grammar explanations.
It allows me to be ready to jump to a new topic and answer random questions.
It is also a source for homework.