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English for the seasoned traveller. From the common phrases to the complications of a medical emergency on tour.

As many people wish to learn English to enhance their travel experiences I've designed this course around the language one may expect to encounter and use as one meets and greets people in various situations, from the airport to greeting the Tour Director, the hotel or attractions one visits.
As an experienced tour guide and teacher I have designed the classes to start with some ordinary situations where we will role-play and then start working up to more complicated and adventurist situations that are challenging but within the scope of the student. As a First Responder I have witnessed many situations where travellers needed to be comforted or even hospitalised. Practical advice, and knowledge of some specialised terms will be useful.
I tend to be light on homework but insist that it is completed, otherwise the class is held up. Regular feedback will help the learner feel how they are getting along and I believe strongly on encouragement and l will act positively when mistakes are made - the classroom IS the place to be allowed to make mistakes.

Extra information

Good broadband and a quiet area to work in are essential.

Location

Online via webcam

General info

Skills:
English:
English as a second language (esl), English for adults
Age:
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
60 minutes
The class is taught in:English, Dutch

About Me

I've taken part in concerts, competitions & fundraisers from an early age - mostly as a musician or as the organiser of small events and simply love working with people.
Being involved in teaching (dinghy-sailing, archery & music) means I'm well used to dealing with people to motivate and help them see and develop a different outlook on life while learning essential life skills. I've always been considered a 'people-person' and have always enjoyed trying to bring people (young and old) to their full potential be it through music, outdoor activities or simply how to feel good about themselves. I believe the best way to each is to stimulate a spark for learning in the pupil and to nurture that spark into a flame of the love of learning that will outlast any school.

I'm a musician (mostly Irish baroque and traditional music) and a bow-maker for medieval war-bows (longbows) and give talks on the life and times of medieval archers.
I have a license to sail (commercially) all boats up to 20 meters and an advanced PADI diving licence and enjoy driving my Deauville 650cc motorbike.

I enjoy walking in nature and regularly take people with me on lead nature-walks, with a special interest in bat-walks and socio-historic trails.
I consider myself a life-long learner.

Education

2020 CELTA: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. IHDublin. … (QQI-6)
2020 National Certificate Tour Guiding Management 6N2030 .. ... (QQI-6)
2017 Diploma Community Studies, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford (QQI 6)
2015 Graduate Cert in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise; UCD, Dublin (QQI 7)
2014 Project Management. MCX Training & Development, Waterford ... … … (QQI 6)
2014 Certificate in Manufacturing Business, WIT, Waterford, (Minor Award) … (QQI 6)
2014 BSc in SME; degree WIT, Waterford (BSc in Small Business Enterprise) … (QQI 7)
2014 Coaching Models of Practice: Certificate. New Links Training Solutions … (QQI 6)
2014 Certificate in Lean Six Sigma, Green Belt; CIT Cork, CR_ESSGS_7 (minor)… (QQI 7)
2013 E-Marketing & Communication, WIT, Waterford … … … … ... ... ... ... (QQI 6)
2013 Postgraduate Certificate: Heritage Business, Trinity St David. Meritorious (QQI 9)
2012 Train the Trainer. SkillNet, Port Authority, Waterford ... ... … … ... ... .. (QQI 6)
2010 Certificate in Tourism Business Practice. Fáilte Ireland. WIT … … … … (QQI 6)

Experience / Qualifications

I have been a teacher in one capacity or another since I started helping out at the local music school as a teenager, and when in my twenties travelling Europe in a group I regularly gave conversational classes in the colleges we were performing in, and then also in Amsterdam University, where friends were taught. They, in fact encouraged me to take a TEFL Diploma course, and from then on, I have regularly taught privately, in the Netherlands or in Ireland, and for five years at the Youghal International School, Co Cork, Ireland.

I've also had experience teaching in (observed) classes in E.Germany, Hungary and BDR, before returning to Ireland where I've taught formally in primary, secondary and post secondary schools.

2000 - 2014: Managing and promoting our accommodation and music school while running it in a sustainable way, we won the E.U. Flower award, one of 125 in the world. Also short-listed for Tourism Business Challenge 2010. 2014 Green Innovation & Future Technology award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Tourism; University of Bangor, Wales, UK. Glenribbeen Eco Lodge was awarded 4 petals (2010) in the Portuguese 5-Petal Eco Accommodation Scheme as recognition for our continuing work on developing Ireland as an eco-friendly accommodation destination.

I also take people on nature walks - with a special interest in bats, and I teach music, and medieval archery and simply love getting people to try to reach their full potential. Even whilst working as a tour guide I loved to teach songs to my guests as we travelled.

Though I've only recently passed the CELTA, I already have years of experience teaching in the classroom, both formally and informally.
I take all students from beginner to experienced musicians (who often need coaching in deportment and/or bowing technique) and encourage proper traditional Irish style. I teach aurally and written music using enough music theory to pass Irish state examinations in either TTCT (traditional) all levels, or up to RICM (classical) to level 4. While keeping lessons lighthearted and fun the idea is to quickly build up a repertoire of tunes that allow the learner to 'sit-in' on sessions as quickly as possible while also learning how to learn so one can pick up tunes easily. I myself have 7 All Ireland medals stretching from 1971 to 2001.
English has become the lingua franca of much of the world and has become hugely important in the IT world. I have dealt with mostly teenagers and young adults over the years preparing for exams or in summer schools but I now prefer to concentrate on business, and conversational English. Having recently completed the CELTA training (entirely on line with real students from Japan to Brazil) I like to follow a structured approach to lessons and have become very adept at using Zoom to teach with, though I am rather looking forward to get back into the classroom and teach in person.

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