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ESL Teacher/ Linguistic Educator in Montreal

Location:Montreal, QC, Canada (Anywhere)

Education level: College/University
Education field: Other
Years of experience: more than 5
Attributes that best describes:
Team player
Strong analytical skills
Good communicator

I have had the good fortune of growing up in a completely bilingual home. As a result I am a native speaker in both of our national languages. I have always viewed bilingualism as an important part of my life, on a personal, academic and professional level.

After completing the International Baccalaureate program in French at l'École internationale de Montréal, I continued my studies in English in the communications DEC program at Dawson College. During that time, I began working as an independent French and English tutor which gave me the opportunity to develop several educational strategies relating to second and third language acquisition in recent immigrant children.

I completed my undergraduate studies at McGill University earning a BA with a major in English Literature and a minor in Anthropology. While at McGill, I enrolled in a variety of courses offered by different departments, including Linguistics and Social Anthropology, which allowed me to develop a strong interest in language acquisition, systems of communication, and cultural analysis.

After university, I obtained a TESOL certificate with a TOEFL specialization from Oxford Seminars, which certifies me to teach English as a second language and prepare college students for the TOEFL/IELTS English test. I began working as an early childhood educator in a bilingual Montessori daycare with an impressive linguistic curriculum, where I largely focused on bilingual development.

From 2015 to 2018, I relocated to Hanoi, Vietnam, and subsequently to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where I worked as an English teacher and as an academic manager at two reputable private language centers.

While teaching in Asia, I was assigned the job to assess the linguistic abilities and challenges faced by my students and was tasked with establishing strategies targeting common syntactical mistakes and standard challenges in pronunciation.

As an English teacher, I developed strategies to teach phonics and conducted countless one-on-one oral tests with my students which focused on vocabulary, reading fluency and pronunciation. My role was to provide a safe and constructive testing environment with an emphasis on critically analyzing the quality of English spoken by my students.

As academic manager, I developed the content of the courses and wrote level placement tests which were administered to prospective students in order to assess their level of English. I was also charged with the task of interviewing and training all new academic personnel, which in turn allowed me to develop strong leadership, interview and communication skills.

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