Sophie

  • TEFL qualified native English teacher specialising in Business English and general conversation
  • Shepherds Bush, London, Spain

Description

I am a TEFL qualified English instructor with a background in marketing for start-ups and large corporates. I am an organised, enthusiastic and empathetic people person excited to embark on a teaching career.

In the past I have taught English to young children in Rio de Janeiro with i-to-i and loved it. With the classes consisting of a mix of ages and capabilities, and the school being very under resourced, we had to be innovative and imaginative with our classes to keep the children engaged. I enjoyed seeing the children learn and grow in confidence and also enjoyed developing comprehensible and dynamic lesson plans. After this experience, I would love the opportunity to teach students from a range of age groups and with differing motivations and capabilities.

I have worked in marketing for large corporates and brands such as Haagen Dazs as well as smaller, disruptive tech start-ups. With this background in business I am well-equipped to coach and teach Business English from work presentations through to interview preparation and so much more.

During my time at General Mills I helped mentor an intern. This experience was useful in developing my one on one teaching skills, in particular assessing a student’s goals and preferred way of learning and adapting my teaching style accordingly. With my mentoring, the intern Katie managed to meet her goal of moving from a shopper marketing role and into the brand team. This experience also made me realise that a good teacher not only ensures lessons are relevant but should also inspire and encourage their students to realise their own capabilities in order to reach their full potential.

I love meeting and getting to know new people and pride myself in the ability to build a rapport with people from a range of backgrounds. I am also patient, enthusiastic and empathetic and try to flex these traits in all that I do. I spent two weeks in Lourdes, a major Catholic pilgrimage site taking care of the severely sick. It was here I not only realised the strength of these traits and how important they are in making those around you feel encouraged and at ease but also how I can rise to the challenge when thrown into the deep end.

My other interests include music, film and travel and I love getting to meet new people and hear about what they love to do.

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