Hi! I am a native English speaker, born in London. I hold a degree in English Language Teaching, and hold 10 years experience teaching to foreign learners of English. I live in Istanbul, Turkey with my wife and baby son, Demir Robert. I love teaching, and I love meeting new people.
In my time teaching, I have worked with teens and adults in one-to-one tutoring and group/class English lessons in conversational English, preparation for the official IETLS test, and with university ESL students helping them to become ready to enter departments where instruction is 100% English. To date, I have about 5 years experience delivering private lessons both face to face and through internet platforms like italki.com.
I have many passions . I love cooking different world cuisines like Chinese, Italian and Indian foods . I like outdoor sports like skateboarding and sea swimming . I love to talk about and share my ideas about books, great films and shows as well as philosophy and science. And I love everything about languages! –I always make my students bring their passions and interests into our lessons together .
I am self-taught and fluent in Turkish. I believe that grammar and vocabulary are important, but most of the time I like to give this as homework to study in my student’s own time. This way, in every lesson it’s maximum speaking – you will speak for 70% of our time. Every lesson will have a theme and topic from your life, your study, your career and your life passions. I use a variety of online tools to keep it fun and engaging, and find the ways that you learn best, and I have a whole store of materials to share with you for assessment, and practice in listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Italki.com - From Turkey to a range of locations globally
Providing lessons in conversational English and IETLTS exam preparation.
2014 - 2017
ITÜ Özel Ekrem Elginkan Private High School - Reşitpaşa, İstinye Bayuru Caddesi , Ayazağa Yerleşkesİ İTÜ Maslak Kampüsü, 34485 Maslak - Sarıyer/Sarıyer/İstanbul
duties: a range including preparing quizes, exams, weekly and yearly plans, writing programmes, grading exam papers, teaching all grades, including IELTS, IMUN (İstanbul Model United Nations) coordinator and debate organizer.
2010 - 2014
English Time - Mühürdar Caddesi No:18-22 Kadıköy / İSTANBUL.
Group classes and one to one from beginner to advanced, TOEFL and IELTS exams, design of personalized learning plans, lesson plans
2007 - 2010
Pizza Express, Leicester - England
duties: open and closing of restaurant, control of bookings, processing payments, preparation of restaurant, promotion and sale of food and beverage. (earlier job history can be provided if desired)