My teaching methodology is based on the students' needs and goals. I am patient and spend a lot of time providing careful individualised feedback. I beleive in always reinforcing critical thinking and helping students understand the reasons why learning is different based on cultural understandings of learning and education.
I work in a university in Melbourne for half of every year helping overseas students enter their subjects by improving their language, study skills and IELTS bandscores. I also spend the other half of every year working in Indonesia with Masters and PhD students who have scholarships for Australia, and who need to improve their academic skills to survive university.
I am happy to travel further away for lessons, but depending on the distance and time needed to travel I would need to negotiate a price with students.
Brief Work History
• English teacher at Monash College, Melbourne, Australia
• Language Examiner for main English language test at Melbourne University, Hawthorn.
• English and Academic skills teacher at IALF (Indonesia Australia Language Foundation) Jakarta & Bali, Indonesia
• Language Examiner for main English language test in Amritsar, India
• Primary and High School Teacher at Sunrise International School in Bali, Indonesia
• English teacher at Bunkyo University, Japan
• English academic writing and listening teacher, Waseda University, Japan
• English teacher at Yokahama City University, Japan
• English teacher at Meiji Gakuen University, Japan
• English teacher at Dalian Dacane College, Dalian, China
• Language Examiner for main English language test
• Master of Education – TESOL (Teacher of English as a Second or Other Language), Melbourne University, Australia
• Post Graduate Diploma of Education, Melbourne University
• Bachelor of Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
**Please note that contractual obligations restrict me from publicly advertising the name of the English language test for which I am an examiner.
She always tries her best to help students. Not only in a normal way like other teachers who only teach students stuff in syllabus, she always encourages students to do their best and help them find their shining points to help them love studying. That’s why all the students like her so much.
Alana is a great tutor. I met her during my study preparation before I left for Australia. Alana helped me to walk through English lesson up to the most difficult materials in English for academic purposes. She helped me to critically planed and write a writing, and also critically assessed my work. If you want a mentor who can help you to improve your English to the next level, Alana is highly recommended.
I learnt a lot from Alana during an academic writing course. Not only improving my writing skills, she also helped me build my confidence in pursuing academic degree in Australia, something that I was lacking confidence at that time. I am forever grateful to have learnt from Alana who have inspired me both inside and outside the class.
I was pleased to have Alana as my academic teacher in IALF Jakarta for 7-weeks. She is a typical teacher who tries to assess and understand the capability of her students individually. Also, she is very careful in using her word while criticising and encouraging her students to get better. Instead of yelling, she has her own way to make the students understand what we are lacking off and how to improve it. So, I highly recommend Alana to help you with your English.
Alana helped me prepare my academic English skills prior to my master's program. The preparation program was intensive, yet she managed to boost my confidence in academic writing and pursuing a master's degree in general. She is an enthusiastic and friendly teacher who understands your needs in terms of building your English skills, especially if English is not your first language. I would certainly recommend Alana to help improve your English skills.
Alana was my English Teacher during my pre-departure course for my Australian scholarship programme. I would strongly recommend Alana for her ability to develop her students' writing skills, combined with her individually tailored approach for students with different learning obstacles.
What I felt several years ago when Alana taught comprehensively for 2 weeks was that she actually gave teaching according to what I needed. In addition to increasing my Academic UKVI IELTS score, what is more important than that is the improve in my confidence to always use English at every opportunity. Small things, but that's how I feel. This could be due to what she teaches is full of planning and specially designed to achieve the goals of each student and she is patient and very considerate of giving careful individual feedback. Only a few weeks after I finished following the teaching given by her, I was accepted into a Master Degree program at a university in the United Kingdom. This is the main purpose why I joined her class at that time. There is no reason not to say that she is one of the best English tutors in my life.
As a foreign student, I faced problems in written communication, especially in writing my thesis. Luckily the campus allowed me to ask for a proofreader service. I immediately thought of Alana. She was previously my English teacher who was very impresive in teaching English. She knows very well the weaknesses of her students in English.
She was very meticulous in examining our writings. Not only typos, capital letters, or commas, even word choices are also corrected. That's why I chose Alana as a proof reader for my thesis. It has been proven, now I have completed my phd. Thanks Alana
Alana was my teacher during an Academic Writing course in Jakarta before I started my Master Degree in Australia. She certainly left a heartwarming impression to all of her students. Although the course was a packed 7-week schedule, she always taught with patience and passion, encouraging mutual engagement with all of us in a fun and exciting way. What I love best about her as a teacher is the way she develops our critical thinking, a way to see things from different perspectives, and to constantly improve as an academic student. Without a doubt, I highly recommend Alana as an excellent teacher, if not the best.
I have taken her class. I feel very comfortable in her class. The contents are very useful and interesting. Everyone in our class enjoyed and we all love her tone, pace, academic knowledge, and attitude. She is the best teacher but also our best friend who we want to share the things which happened around us with. Through her class, my English skills we're improved a lot, and started to enjoy life in Australia!
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