Professional Experience and Qualifications
I am a qualified, freelance English tutor with over 20 years’ experience. I started my teaching career in Warsaw, Poland in 1998, then taught at the University of Manchester for 13 years. I have also taught on pre-sessional courses at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds.
The courses I taught at the university were highly rated by students, and I helped hundreds of students pass the IELTS, FCE, CAE and CPE exams. I now teach students individually and in small groups over Skype.
In addition to teaching, I have extensive experience of proofreading commercial documents and academic writing.
I have three postgraduate qualifications in teaching English as a second language: CELTA, Trinity Diploma and a master’s degree from the University of Manchester.
University of Manchester
University Language Centre
General English Group Tutor: Responsible for a group of 15 students. Preparing students for university study and professional English language use. Teaching optional modules focusing on British Culture and English for Academic Purposes. Writing a blog about British culture (www.harukanapeng.co.uk) and an upper-intermediate-level handbook to improve students’ academic writing skills.
IELTS, FCE, CAE, and CPE Exam Preparation Tutor: Teaching on intensive evening courses. Helping students to improve their exam scores by developing strategies for different parts of the exams.
Pre-sessional Tutor: Preparing international students for their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Facilitating the development of students’ academic skills and language proficiency; focusing on essay writing, referencing, avoiding plagiarism, note-taking, summarising, and seminar and presentation skills. Guiding student through the process of writing a 2,000-word study project, supervising their research, planning, drafting and editing.
In-sessional Tutor: Supporting international students by delivering weekly sessions on academic writing skills and academic speaking and listening. (Including writing material for the latter).
Manchester Metropolitan University
The Language Centre
- General English, EAP, and IELTS Tutor
Language schools in Warsaw, Poland
- General English Tutor: Teaching general English to children and teenagers (mainly Cambridge exam preparation)
- Business English Tutor: Teaching business English to Polish professionals in large private sector companies on a one-to-one basis and to small group
Equality and Diversity / Interviewing
University Staff Training and Development
University of Manchester
A 16,000-word dissertation based on original research on the usefulness of drama and role-play in the EFL classroom (Distinction)