Amazing traveller - our teacher Andew
Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Today we have the first man in our so-called "studio". So please welcome – Andrew, the teacher of English by Skype who has been working with us for a few years!
Andrew is a native speaker and he is from the Lake District in the north of England.
Did you know?
The Lake District, also commonly known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes and its mountains (or fells), and its associations with the early 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth and the Lake Poets. The central, and most visited, part of the area is called the Lake District National Park which was designated as a National Park in 1951. It is the largest of thirteen National Parks in England and Wales, and second largest in the UK (after the Cairngorms). It lies entirely within the modern county of Cumbria, shared historically by the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire. All the land in England higher than three thousand feet above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. It also contains the deepest and longest lakes in England. Despite the name, only one of the lakes in the Lake District actually contains the word "lake" in its name, Bassenthwaite Lake, the rest being either "meres", "waters", "tarns" or "reservoirs".
Education and working experience
Andrew studied at Manchester University where he learnt chemistry and did teaching practice at school. First he worked with a Google resale company for 3 years before setting up his own small business. After graduation our hero decided to try travelling. Having passed the TOEFL, Andrew went to Thailand and Singapore where he also tried teaching (by the way he was teaching in Holland, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Lithuania, Denmark). Being in Lithuania he learnt a bit of Lithuanian, and some time later that fact influenced him in making the decision to start learning Russian.
He has been learning Russian for 4 months and is currently teaching in Odessa (adults and children). Andrew doesn’t know lots of Russian phrases, only some words that he has heard on TV or somewhere else communicating with people. It’s rather difficult for Andrew to learn the language through books, that’s why he takes the main information about it from his students and girlfriend who lives with him in Odessa.
Andrew’s ideas in teaching
Andrew’s motto (девиз) is: If people are smiling and people are happy then people learn better.
The main idea of getting some experience in teaching is learning how people want to be learnt (try to find what music, movies, books people like first of all) and also trying not to make somebody fall asleep after the lesson. Andrew is the teacher who also gives the knowledge about unwritten form of English and phrases (he marked that the British use lots of idioms in their everyday speech). He would also find a comedy sketch to pick up some phrases from it and then learn and train them as a result.
Some facts about comedy sketch
A sketch comedy consists of a series of short comedy scenes or vignettes, called "sketches," commonly between one and ten minutes long. Such sketches are performed by a group of comic actors or comedians, either on stage or through an audio and/or visual medium such as broadcasting. Often sketches are first improvised by the actors and written down based on the outcome of these improve sessions; however, improvisation is not necessarily involved in all sketch comedy. An individual sketch or vignette is a brief scene or skit formerly used in vaudeville and used today on variety shows, comedy programs, adult entertainment, talk shows, or certain children's television series (such as Sesame Street). Such a sketch can include footage of a "man on the street", pioneered by American television personality Steve Allen on evening comedy television programs like the Tonight Show. More serious sketch comedians differentiate their art from that of the skit, maintaining that skits tend to be a (single) dramatized joke, while a sketch is a comedic exploration of a concept, character, or situation.
Andrew: "Homework is a horrible thing especially if you’ve been working all day." He likes to make his lessons exciting and as informative as possible, teaching subjects that are of interest to all the students. He is very patient, friendly and he takes great pride in helping people to attain their goal of mastering the English language.
Andrew says that he is really lucky with all his students; he also adores working with Russians now learning Russian from them as well.
Main Andrew’s likes are sunshine, beach and eating food. Our hero also likes travelling: first he has travelled up and down Great Britain and now he has already seen the great part of the whole world.
He likes reading books about ancient civilizations and different historical events. Unfortunately Andrew doesn’t have much time for playing football, that’s why he only watches it on TV drinking beer and eating salty fish. But to some extent it is a good idea, because he can master his Russian watching football on Russian TV.
Andrew’s country preferences are Asian countries as the food, culture and people are quite nice there. Andrew also chose the country where he would spend his old age. It’s Australia. You would ask – why? The answer is simple – it is so calm and green country where nobody will disturb you.
… and dislikes
The main Andrew’s dislike is money. He considers that it spoils everybody and planet in general. To be frank, I also think so and fully agree with this point.
Now I wish you a great and superb September and see you here in a month. Bye for now.
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