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English Language & Literature, and IB Exam Prep for All Ages

I specialise in English (British & American) tuition for native and non-native speakers of all ages, and have experience working with:
• young children learning English for the first time
• primary- and secondary-school students studying the English language and its literatures
• adult professionals and seniors wishing to improve their language skills, or develop pronunciation or presentational skills

I have two degrees in English language and literature (B.A. and Mst) from the University of Oxford, and I am also a graduate of the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) Diploma program. I've developed a creative approach in my sessions with students that involves applying a student's particular talents and interests (regardless of subject) in the process of language acquisition, along with the simultaneous development of critical skills like close and careful reading, argumentation, written style, and effective communication.

I am versed in the requirements and intricacies of a range of national and international diploma programs. When working with students supplementing an academic syllabus, my goal is always to position them to succeed in the assignments and assessments laid out by a primary instructor.

Extra information

Specific supplies will be specified prior to our first lesson, depending on the work we'll do together.

Location

At student's location: Around Amsterdam, Netherlands
Online via webcam
At teacher's location: Bicycle Parking OBA, Oosterdokskade, 1011 DL Amsterdam, Netherlands

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General info

suitcase iconSkills:
English as a second language (esl), English for adults, School
Age:
Preschool children (4-6 years old)
Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
30 minutes
60 minutes
The class is taught in:English, Dutch

About Me

• I am as passionate about language and literature as I am about helping others realise their potential in these fields.
• I'm a writer by trade, and I tutor because I enjoy the interactive process of assisting a student in the pursuit of learning outcomes.
• I work closely with my students to incorporate their own interests and talents—regardless of subject—into our specific tuition model. The development of language skills like reading, speaking, and writing is a complex process, and I believe everyone has unique experience to bring to the table.
• I have experience tutoring people of all ages: young children working on English acquisition, primary- and secondary-school students studying English language and literature, as well as professionals and senior students wishing to improve their English, or develop their pronunciation and presentational skills.
• When a student is school-age, I always defer to the primary syllabus delivered by a classroom instructor; my goal is always to set my students up to succeed.

Education

• Mst, English and American Studies, University of Oxford | 2018-19
• B.A. (Honours), English Language & Literature, University of Oxford | 2015-18, First
• I.B. Diploma, Pearson College UWC (Canada) | 2010-12, 43 Composite

Experience / Qualifications

I have worked as a private tutor throughout my studies in Oxford, and in that time have assisted students of all ages pursue their learning outcomes. I have also worked as an assistant school librarian for two years.

Reviews (4)

It was a very good and useful first lesson/interaction. BUT, we were not able to organise a schedule which fits for both of us ... Derek is a friendly and professional teacher ...for sure. I wish him all my best. THANK you dear Derek, Joop
Derek really is into your text he wants stuff to be perfect and amazing and he will tell you what you did wrong and how to fix that.
It's a fine en very friendly teacher. Derek make me self confidence! Thnx Derek!
Derek is a good and knowledgeable tutor.
Have you been invited to interview at Oxford or Cambridge this coming autumn? Congratulations! Oxbridge interviews are the make-or-break stage in acceptance into one of these two top-tier universities, and they require a significant amount of preparation and know-how in order to succeed. Having successfully secured a place for myself to study English Language & Literature at the University of Oxford in 2015, and having been subsequently invited to pursue a Master's degree in English literature on scholarship, I am versed in the intricacies and expectations of the interview process for a range of disciplines. I work with students across a series of sessions to hone their understanding of what's expected of them during the interview process, to identify their particular strengths and improve on their weakness, and to practice extemporaneous speaking and timed essay-writing and test-taking. Each course is designed with the candidate in mind, and I can outline a recommended number of sessions and their contents based on an initial session.

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