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Hello! My name is Jack Robinson and I am an American currently (and temporarily) based in Seattle, WA. I hold a BA in Political Science with minors in History and Global Studies from Washington State University. I also hold CELTA and a TESOL certification. I have been an English teacher for over a decade living and teaching in Warsaw, Poland (six years), Bangkok, Thailand (two years), Tbilisi, Georgia (one year) and Arica, Chile (one year). I have also worked in my university as a tutor specializing in helping non-native speakers of English plan, write and edit research papers, essays, and other academic writing tasks.
I would describe my teaching style as relaxed, yet very focused. The classroom experience should be enjoyable and challenging. My approach to language learning is communicative. I believe that the student who commits to dedicated independent study will improve their English faster with a native speaker when they are prepared to practice what they are learning actively through conversation-based tasks. In other words if you are spending your money to learn with me your time should be filled actively using English. If you come to me for writing help, for example, you will learn better by completing and submitting a piece of writing before our scheduled class.
I am best prepared to work with motivated teenagers, college students and working adults as well as other teachers who want to improve their English in order to be better at their jobs. Just let me know what your English goals are and we can build a program especially designed to meet those goals. Also, anyone looking to work on preparation for the TOEFL please contact me as I enjoy working on this exam very much.
B.A. Political Science (minors in History and Global Studies)
Washington State University - Washington, USA
Focus on social sciences and politics/history relating to the USA's relationship and influence on a global scale.
2016 - 2017
Secondary English/Health Teacher
The Demonstration School of Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University - Bangkok, Thailand
Teaching Taught ESL reading, writing, speaking and grammar at the high school level. Created communication-based lesson plans designed to improve speaking and listening confidence. Designed and administered homework assignments, quizzes and exams to track student progress and evaluate student learning progress. Writing and Public Speaking Program Implemented a University preparation course for seniors entering university programs taught in English designed to fill the gaps their Thai high school English program could not. Trained students in the foundational parts of the academic writing process. Introduced students to the theory and application of public speaking including Cicero’s five canons of rhetoric with the goal of increasing student confidence in giving presentations, interviewing, and actively participating in class. Underachiever Study Program Established a special tutorial period for students whose English was preventing them from passing their exams and classes. Successfully convinced Thai administrators and teachers that supporting struggling students benefitted the program and built better relations between students and teachers.
2014 - 2016
Washington State University Writing Center - Pullman, WA
Writing and research help for non-native speakers of English including immigrants and foreign exchange students
2006 - 2012
English Language Solutions - Warsaw, Polad
General/Business/Corporate English Planned and led English-skills workshops designed for employees to be able to communicate in English with customers, foreign partners and co-workers in offices where English was the lingua franca. Taught a variety of exam classes including the TOEFL, CAE, FCE and IELTS. Polish Office of Rail Transport Developed a specialized English curriculum for employees of the Polish Office of Rail Transport, a division of the Polish Ministry of Transportation. Delivered English lessons based on all aspects of rail transport to prepare students to cooperate with counterparts in the European Union. Teen Weeknight English Club Facilitated English activity evenings for Varsovian youth to practice speaking English naturally and in real-life settings. Organized and led English-speaking field trips to movies, restaurants, museums and other special events in the Warsaw area. Praca Bez Barrier (Work without Borders) Taught English at various levels to teens with physical disabilities/challenges. Organized English lessons and conversations applicable for multi-level groups. Planned English based activities/events outside the classroom environment.