Hello, I'm Sheley! I'm very excited to meet and work with you! I have been teaching English to non-native speakers for 10 years, and I can truly say that it is my passion. I have experience living and working in another country, so I know how challenging it can be to learn a new language and culture. I have taught all levels, ages, and skills, and I have experience with IELTS and TOEFL test prep, as well. I am currently an ESOL instructor at Kennesaw State University, where I teach several classes, as well as tutor students individually. I look forward to working with you!
North Greenville University - Bachelors, Intercultural Studies
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that lessons should be student centered and applicable to everyday life. I try to use students' strengths and weaknesses to plan lessons and activities that are challenging but appropriate to student goals and needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, it is most important to get to know the student personally and academically. Needs should be assessed as well as skills, so that useful lessons may be given later on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching them autonomous study skills, such as note taking strategies.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To help keep students motivated, I always try to remind them of their progress to date and all that they have accomplished so far. Using a variety of activities and teaching methods can also help students keep up their motivation when things get tough.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
In this situation, I would spend some time revising my teaching methods and research other ways to express skill or concept. I would try to find ways to make the skill or concept more concrete.