~ My Lessons and Teaching Style ~
I believe it is important for the student to get the most out of their lesson time. Therefore, I encourage my students to do most of the speaking and try to limit myself to asking questions/facilitating conversation or providing corrections where necessary.
For correction, I try to provide feedback immediately for grammar, vocabulary of pronunciation mistakes. I feel this is one of the best ways a student can learn and improve.
I regularly receive feedback from students that I am extremely patient and that I am an excellent teacher.
Do you need to improve your IELTS speaking score? Do you need to attend meetings, write email/reports, or speak to colleagues at work in English?
If so, I can help you.
~ My Background ~
I’ve been teaching general English at all levels, including business and academic English for 6 years.
After you have scheduled a lesson with me, I will ask your English learning goals. During your first few lessons, we will work together to create a study plan that you can take with you, even if you decide not to continue lessons with me. This means you will be able to continue to improve your English on your own!
I have a CELTA certificate in teaching English, as well as a Bachelor of Computer Science. I worked in the Information Technology field for over 18 years, at many corporations such as Rothschild, Siemens, KPMG, Westinghouse and Australia Post.
7 years ago, I decided to change career and follow my passion which is teaching!!
I have also taught juggling for about 20 years and I love seeing the joy on someone’s face when they learn something new. It’s amazing to watch someone improve their skills over time.
I am also a life/business coach and very focused on helping my students achieve their English, life, and business goals.
~ Me as a Teacher ~
I feel that I am extremely empathetic and always try to ensure that my clients are getting the most out of their learning experience, regardless of whether they are in a classroom or one on one situation. I try to constantly improve myself as a teacher by using continuous improvement techniques to re-assess how each teaching session went.
Having good rapport with my students is vital - I realise that learning a language can be a very difficult process and I always try to support students by being aware of their needs and also how much/little feedback they should be receiving in each situation.
~ I am experienced teaching the following ESL topics ~
+ General English: Beginner > Advanced
+ Academic exam preparation: IELTS, FCE, CAE, TOEFL, PTE, etc.
+ Business English: meetings, interviews, presentations, resumes, job applications, email/report writing, and general communication with work colleagues.
~ Testimonial ~
I have taken English lessons from several teachers but Richard is definitely the best. He tries to understand your needs to organize a tailor-made lesson for you.
If you want to learn English or improve your language level learnding with Richard is the right choice!
Fabrizia Noro (biomedical researcher - Italy)
~ My Vision Statement ~
Help my students achieve their personal & career goals, while improving their English language.
~ My Ethos ~
+ Continuous self-improvement of myself & clients
+ Passion for helping students
+ Be grateful to be a part of your journey
+ Humility within all interactions
~ My Core Goals ~
Help my students:
+ Create & achieve their English learning goals
+ Improve their confidence
+ Discover & release their passion for learning languages
+ Secure a satisfying career
+ Find inspiration within themselves
+ Improve personal & professional time & project management skills
+ With their professional writing needs - theses, papers, assignments & resumes
+ Constantly challenge myself & my clients while using humility
I greatly look forward to meeting you online so that we can create your tailor-made lesson and study plan.
Teaching Career (6 years)
Open Mind English Teaching (Private Business), Melbourne, Australia – openmindteaching.com.au (2020 - Present)
EC English (formerly Embassy), Melbourne, Australia – (concealed information) (2018 - Present)
OHC English, Melbourne, Australia – (concealed information) (2018)
Semantics, Belgium – (concealed information) (2017)
CLL Language Centre, Belgium – (concealed information) (2016 - 2017)
Open Context, Belgium – opencontext.eu (2016 - 2017)
LV Linguistics, Belgium – (concealed information) (2017)
Directors Languages, Belgium – directorslanguages.com/ (2016)
Leuven English Teaching (Private Business), Belgium/Australia (2016 - 2018)
Information Technology/Corporate Management Career (18 years)
IT Project Manager - Siemens Rail Automation - Melbourne, Australia – (Sep 2010 - Jan 2015)
IT Service Delivery Manager - Westinghouse Rail - Melbourne, Australia (Jan 2009 - Sep 2010)
National End User Computing Delivery Manager/Print Manager - KPMG - Melbourne, Australia (May 2006 - May 2007)
Network Administrator - John Wiley & Sons - Melbourne, Australia (Nov 2005 - May 2006)
IT Support Services Manager - N M Rothschild & Sons - Syd, AU (Jan 2004 - Sep 2005)
IT Support / Network Administrator - N M Rothschild & Sons - Melbourne, Australia (Sep 1999 - Jan 2004)
Network Administrator (Private business) - Canterbury Partners - Melbourne, Australia (Apr 2003 - Dec 2003)
3rd level IT Support Analyst - Australia Post H.Q. - Melbourne, Australia (Jun 1999 - Sep 1999)
IT Support Analyst - Royal College of Nursing - London, UK (Oct 1998 - Apr 1999)
PC Technician / IT Wholesale Sales - Computer Connection - Melbourne, Australia (Apr 1995 - Feb 1998)
Perfect! Very kindly spoken, he mentioned he was a life coach on the side which filled me with great relief knowing he is empathetic to anxiety and the struggles of life. I feel supported and enthusiastic about the learning experience ahead.
I've known Richard for about 12 years. Over that time we have shared a lot of ideas and knowledge with each other - he even taught me juggling and Diabolo. Over those years Richard has always proven to be very attentive and amazingly patient when teaching. Your learning becomes his personal goal - and he does not stop until it is achieved!
Richard is professional but very easy to talk to and he seems to genuinely love teaching. His grammar knowledge is excellent and he is great at correcting mistakes when we are speaking. I particularly like the way he tailors the lesson to my needs. I highly recommend him!
I'm a student from Italy. I've been having classes with Richard and I must confess that he is the best English teacher I have ever had! Besides being well prepared with IELTS exams, he also has a solid historical and cultural background. He is equipped with useful teaching material and his lessons are carefully prepared according to my needs and goals. Once the lesson is over, he regularly sends me notes and corrections from the lesson. In short, I don't think it's possible to have better teacher than him. Super approved !!
Thank you Richard!
I have known Richard for over 20 years and I can say that he is very professional and dedicated to helping others.
He is a very passionate teacher and always takes the time and energy to assist our friends when they need it.
I would highly recommend Richard as either an English teacher or professional coach.
Richard is great! He's attention to detail, enthusiasm, and ability to describe complex subjects simply is very helpful.
I highly recommend Richard as an English teacher. He is a great teacher who encourages students to study or practice outside the lessons. I consider him a disciplined person because he has always shared his notes with me and tracks my progress while learning English. I also recommend Richard to Spanish native speakers since he has large experience correcting the common pronunciation mistakes we usually make.
Richard is an awesome teacher. He is patient, thorough and obviously loves what he does. He has helped me a great deal!
Richard has taught me a great deal about juggling and prop manipulation. Richard has tutored me in Diablo and 3 ball Juggling. Richard is a great teacher, he has a great sense of what my next step should be. I recommend Richard as he is able to break things down into small increments, which makes learning really enjoyable.
Richard is a born teacher and leader. Whether it be through informal or formal means, Richard calls on his patience, enthusiasm, compassion and approachability to guide others to bring out their very best and rise to the challenge.
Richard has coached me through my own personal growth in a number of settings and I would highly recommend his teaching style and as a mentor.
I have known Richard for many years, and he has consistently been one of the most positive, motivational, helpful, and inspiring people I know. He manages to break things down into easily understandable stages in order to get the best out of people, and situations without ever being condescending or superior. We have travelled together to several international conventions in Europe, where he has made himself an integral part of proceedings by engaging with large numbers of people, without even being paid faculty. He has been keen to share experience, and learn new skills whilst maintaining his ever present smile, and clear sense of fun.
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