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Personalized English Learning with Engaging , Encouraging, and inspiring Lessons

I am a certified EFL trainer who graduated in the UK. I've been teaching English with a direct, engaging method for over 30 years. In my long experience, I have seen many people pull away from their language learning experience because of sheer boredom. But don’t fear! There are tons of ways to practice a language that is both fun and effective in helping you master your skills.

My approach is friendly and task-focused. I help my students reach their goals in a stress-free and rewarding learning environment. For those seeking a certificate, I am specialized in teaching strategic skills for IELTS, TOEIC, and Cambridge exams.

Location

Online via webcam

General info

Skills:

English:
English as a second language (esl), English for adults

Age:

Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)

Student level:

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Duration:

60 minutes

The class is taught in:

English

About Me

With everything else going on in life, setting aside time for language learning can be a daunting task. But don’t lose hope! If you are looking for an expert guide in your learning path you've just found it!
I'm Niki, an experienced linguist/ English trainer graduated in the UK with over 30 years of professional work in languages. I was born in Italy, brought up in the UK, lived in the US, and have recently settled down in France where I continue being an independent language consultant. In my long experience I have worked with people from all walks of life and have applied my skills to many fields related to languages such as translation, interpreting, creative writing, theatre, and communication. My approach is friendly, and task focused. I help my students reach their goals in a stress-free, rewarding, learning environment. For those seeking a certificate, I am specialised in teaching strategic skills for IELTS, TOEIC, and Cambridge exams.

I have worked with people from all walks of life and have learned about their culture. Being myself born in Italy, raised in England, lived in the US, and just recently settled down in France I have grown to be a curious, flexible, and creative individual with much to offer.

Education

Teaching English Online Certificate, Cambridge Assessment English
(2020)

Bachelor of Arts – Undergraduate University Degree (BA Major in social sciences)
(2007)

Certificate of Communication in Health and Social Care, The Open University of Milton Keynes, UK
(2007)

Certificate in Interpersonal Skills for Volunteers, Faculty of Volunteer Studies, Lampeter University, Wales, UK
(2004)

Undergraduate Degree in Psychology (Year 1 and Year 2 Courses), The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK (1994)

Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Lewis School of English, Southampton, UK
(1988)

Experience / Qualifications

Independent Virtual Tutor, Chevagny les Chevrières, Bourgogne, France
(Present)

Achievements and responsibilities:

• Responsible for designing and delivering online English courses for adults.
• Responsible for assessing needs, preparing personalised materials for conversation sessions.
• Provide high quality training for British Council IELTS and Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency, TOEIC


Independent Personal Tutor, Bologna area, Italy
(September 2013 – March 2019)

Achievements and responsibilities:

• Responsible for mentoring, coaching, and training EFL learners of all ages and levels.
• Responsible for specialized training in professional English and IELTS by British Council
• Consulted and motivated people looking for a career change, editing CVs and preparing them for job interviews
• Designed and managed weekly conversation groups based on different themes
• Built a creative writing corner which resulted in the creation of a short stories book.
• Responsible for a drama project resulting in the creation of an original playscript and a play involving intermediate to advanced students.

English Course Developer and Teacher, Silvia Guidi Language School, Finale Emilia, Modena, Italy
(September 2008 – May 2012)

Achievements and responsibilities:

• Responsible for designing and delivering English courses for adult individuals and groups.
• Responsible for assessing needs, designing, and delivering Technical English training in local companies

In-house English Trainer, c/o Aldini Valeriani Trust, Training Centre, Bologna, Italy
(September 2007 – December 2007)

Achievements and responsibilities:

Provided specialized in-house language training in the following business fields:
 Fashion design and sales
 Marketing and advertising
 Food Industry
 Logistics

Business Consultant and Teacher Trainer, English Point – Language Training and Translation, Pieve di Cento, Bologna, Italy
(January 2006 -May 2006)

Achievements and responsibilities:

• Head English teacher (Callan Method)
• Recruited and trained applicants for English teaching positions
• Introduced new teachers to Callan teaching

In-house English Trainer, FORMART professional training centre, Bologna, Italy
(September 2002 – November 2007)

Achievements and responsibilities:

Provided in-house corporate training with focus on technical language in the following fields:
 Mechanics and engineering
 Textile
 Medical


In-house English Trainer, COFIMP corporate training, Bologna, Italy
(September 2002 – November 2007)

Achievements and responsibilities:

• One-to-one individual tuition for managers and technicians

Interpersonal Communication Trainer for the Military, Italian Army Aviation II Battalion “ORIONE”, Bologna, Italy
(September 2002 – November 2007)

Achievements and responsibilities:

• Provided advanced training in effective interpersonal communication
• Managed groups of 10-15 air force members
• Focused on assertiveness and negotiation
• Provided practical application of communication strategies using roleplay
• Designed and delivered assessment tests

English Trainer, FUTURA further education & corporate Training, San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy
(November 1998 – November 2007)

Achievements and responsibilities:

• Classroom tuition in further education courses (ages 21-30)
• Needs analysis and course design to meet company needs
• Provided excellent training and level assessment in a communicative mindset
• Designed and delivered paper marked tests

Director of Studies and Company Associate, The Cambridge School of English, Cento, Italy
(September 1992 – September 1995)

Achievements and responsibilities:

• Managed the school and taught UK/US English courses in collaboration with another teacher
• Designed and marketed English courses for adults and children
• Organized courses of English for special needs: Business, Tourism, Finance
• Offered home based tutoring for younger children
• Offered preparation for Cambridge and Trinity exams, TOEFL, TOEIC
• Official agent for language schools in Hampstead, London and Dublin offering study trips in UK
• Offered a placement service for au pairs in UK
• Provided information and support with the applications for USA Summer Camps
• Consulted on study programs abroad and helped with registrations and phone interviews

Junior Teacher of Italian Language and Culture, Adult Education Centre, Salisbury
(October 1989 – June 1990)

Achievements and responsibilities:
• Teacher of Italian Language and Culture
• Responsible for lesson plans and preparation of original materials

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  • Instructor since July 2020

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