After graduating from the George Washington University (BA International Affairs), I embarked on a teaching career first in China, and then the USA, earning a CELTA and Delta. I have taught English in Taiwan for over 11 years, focusing on IELTS, Business English and teacher training and am currently working on a Master of Education in TESOL at the University of Exeter. I believe foremost that every learner is an individual, and try to build rapport with them as people in order to understand what they want to learn, what they are ready to learn, and what they enjoy about learning. My core teaching strategy is experiential - learning through meaningful interactions with language including texts, tasks and various kinds of controlled and open practice. I expect my learners to work hard and be open to learning, but I also understand that every learner will have different goals and show improvement in individual ways. To learn a language, I suggest two components: exposure and practice. Read and listen for pleasure as well as to become used to the building blocks of the language, and then seek out opportunities to speak and write as much as possible.
Nationality: USA
Educational background
  The George Washington University, Washington, DC (USA): BA International Affairs
The University of Exeter, Exeter (United Kingdom): MEd TESOL
Cambridge Delta Qualified (Specialism: Business English)
CELTA Certified: Pass A
Active IELTS examiner
  Freelance Corporate Trainer and English Instructor 10/2012 íV present: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Specializing in presentation/public speaking, business writing skills and business etiquette/socializing
through a variety of teaching methods Experienced Corporate Trainer íV 06/2015 íV present: LADO Management Consultants: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Preparing and executing skills-based Business English workshops and seminars
  • Conducting training sessions at all levels using communicative, lexical and genre-based approaches
  • Lead Trainer experience on several seminar topics
IELTS Exam Preparation Instructor íV 09/2013 íV present: CES: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Observing colleagues in a teacher trainer capacity, providing feedback/follow-up
  • Preparing students at a variety of levels for the IELTS exam
  • Focusing on testing strategies for IELTS using a multilayered skills-based syllabus
  • Became an active IELTS examiner with IDP Education within 2 years of employment
Senior Corporate Trainer íV 09/2007 íV 12/2015: EIE Management Consultants: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Trained high-level professionals from diverse industries in Business English skills
  • Aided in course and seminar creation, material creation and teacher training
  • Served as Lead Trainer for seminars, workshops and Corporate English Camp
  • Edited medical and academic papers, performed light translation
English Instructor - 09/2006 -09/2007: Kojen English: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Followed a structured, student-centered curriculum using communicative language teaching for adults and the Audiolingual method for children
ESOL Instructor - 09/2005 - 09/2006: Columbia College: Falls Church VA, USA
  • Taught English conversation and communication skills to newly-arrived immigrants