I am a dedicated English language and skills instructor who has worked extensively in the design, implementation, and evaluation of specialist learner programs, specifically in English for academic purposes and skills-based training contexts. I am passionate about working with learners of all ages and backgrounds, with varying educational requirements. Firmly believing in the core values of respect and kindness, I create a learning environment that encourages natural curiosity, inventiveness, and desire to create and interact in practical and positive ways.
Founder and teacher
Say School / Caparica, Portugal 2019 – present
I started Say School in May, 2019. As Director and Head Teacher, I develop customised online/hybrid (online/classroom-based) courses for learners with varying needs and abilities.
English Language Teacher
Cambridge School / Portugal / 2018 – 2019
English taught to all levels from Juniors (A1) to Cambridge Exam Courses (C2) totaling over 1,300 hours of classroom instruction.
English Language Lecturer
Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology / South Korea / 2016 – 2017
Employed to assist scientists and researchers in developing their English writing skills for journal publication, my instruction focused on the conventions of scientific language and editing manuscripts for brevity and clarity. Additionally, I provided one-to-one English tutorials where students could seek further assistance, develop and rehearse conference presentations, and practice their interpersonal and English communication skills.
Courses developed, designed, and delivered:
• Graduate Research Writing in Science & Engineering
• Graduate Academic Presentation & Discussion
• Study Skills & Critical Thinking
English Language Instructor
Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology / Japan / 2015 – 2016
I supported scientists to develop their research writing skills and was tasked with improving the English ability of Japanese administrative staff. In this wide-ranging teaching context, I developed and taught these courses:
• English for Administrative Staff
• Advanced Academic Writing
• Basic Conversational English
• English through Literature
• Advanced Grammar
• English through Science & Technology
• English through News & Current Affairs
• The Language of Science
• English for Socializing/ Body Language
• Presentations Skills
• Cross-Cultural Communication
• Common English Errors
Global Joint Education Centre, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto City / Japan 2016 – 2017
I taught an Advanced Academic Writing Workshop for an international cohort of Master’s and PhD students to improve their writing skills and assist in achieving publication in a scientific journal. The workshop was reviewed with approval in 2016 and I was invited to deliver it again in December 2017.
Assistant Professor of English Language Education
Kwandong University, Gangneung City / South Korea / 2013 – 2015
I was responsible for the design, assessment, and delivery of an extensive program for Undergraduate and Postgraduate English Language Education majors in the following areas:
• Advanced Composition
• Listening & Speaking Skills
• British & American Cultural Studies
• Practical English Teaching Skills
• Modern US/UK Literature
• Conversational English
• Teaching Pronunciation
• Teaching with English Literature
• Language & Cultural Studies
• World Englishes
Middle School English Language Teacher
Gyeongsangnam Province Office of Education / South Korea / 2010 – 2012
This diverse teaching context provided for multiple challenges in the form of mixed-level classes, requiring professional and flexible teaching approaches at three schools. Teaching conversational English, I was solely responsible for curriculum/syllabus design, including the essential utilization of smart-technology such as interactive classrooms and online materials.