March 10, 2017

ABOUT BERNARD

• I have experience in teaching writing academic projects to international and local students in the UK ( undergraduate to doctoral level).
 • I am a teacher of English for Academic Purposes and Academic Skills Trainer.
• I am a researcher specialising in Randomised Controlled Trials, Bilingual Education and Literacy.
• I have MSc in Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages and PhD in Education (Queen’s University, the UK).
• I used to be an international student myself.
I wrote my undergraduate project in my third language and PhD in my second language. I do understand the needs of other international students very well.
• I have been teaching academic English and academic study skills to many nationalities for 15 years.
• My current students are from UK, Japan, Brazil, Poland, Russia, Spain, China, France, and Germany.
• I have vast experience in learning languages, I have learnt six languages independently. I know how to teach languages. I know how to learn them quickly.
• I have expertise in employing technology in language learning. I am interested in Computer-Assisted Language Learning and software improving academic study skills.
• I have access to varied learning materials that I share with my students (software, books, audio-books, PDFs, flashcards).
• I have no attachment to a specific teaching method. I tailor my lessons to students’ needs. I do not believe in one method of teaching/learning. Everyone learns differently.
• I draw inspiration from many sources (e.g. academic publications, online forums, own and my students’ experiences).
• I work with authentic materials.
• I focus on the key skills needed to succeed at English-speaking universities.
• I provide international students with individualized, ongoing advice, support and training from the day they decide to study abroad to the graduation day.
• I have expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods,  academic software (e.g CitaviZotero, Scrivener, Mendeley, RefWorks), statistical analysis (SPSS, experimental research, correlational research, RCTs)
• My training develops the key skills every international student needs to successfully navigate through the university.
• I have knowledge and experience few English teachers possess.
• Last but not least, I guarantee a pleasant atmosphere and measurable effects. 
 
 
 
 
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