about English class

updated Tuesday November 06, 2018

Hi.  I'm Allan!

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Hola! Mi nombre es Allan!

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I'm a Canadian English teacher who has taught in Canada and Korea and a little in Japan since 1998.  I love kids and devote my time & energy to teaching them to communicate in English.  My main degree is in Educational Psychology.  My universities are UBC, Athabasca, and U of L in western Canada

In a nut shell, students don't need more stress these days.  They don't even need more studying!  Studying is not the same as learning.  Learning can take place in many situations.  Students need to be given understanding, caring, and guidance to learn.  They need to build confidence as well as a deep understanding and good knowledge of the language and guided in a direction to make understanding thorough and communication meaningful.  Teachers cannot rely completely on books, degrees, training, or gimmicks.  Sure, these help, but they wear thin over time ... when the student finds out they still can't speak!  Teaching students to speak, listen, read, & write goes beyond this - it takes takes a higher level of caring, commitment, and understanding.

I teach phonics, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar usage (not just theory), reading and comprehension, rapid conversation skills (including use of common phrases & idioms), writing skills (from sentences to essays), and everything else in between. 

(Frequently Asked Questions)

1) Can we speak other languages in class?
No.  Only English.

2) How much is tuition?
Please call to discuss it.

3) Do you teach online or in a classroom?
Both.  Most of my classes are online now because I don't live in Korea now.  Korea was my 2nd home!
As time passes, many classes are moved to a new server, but many are still on the old one.  It is not automated.  It is still very one-on-one.  Call or email me to discuss it.

4) Can we skip classes sometimes?
If you miss a class, you should have a makeup class with your classmates
Tuition dates cannot be delayed.  Of course, sometimes a student or I must miss a class, but please let me know one day before so you don't lose that class's tuition.  During vacation, I understand students could miss one or two classes without makeup classes.  Make sure your classmates agree though!

5) How long is one study or tuition period?
One period is four (4) weeks.
No, not one month
.  A monthly tuition period is not accurate - sometimes a student would have three classes, sometimes five.  A 4-week period is more accurate. 

6) What if my classmate quits? 
You and I will both try to find a new classmate if a classmate decides to quit. 
Does tuition changeYou can keep attending classes at normal tuition for one tuition period while we find a classmate.  My view is that it isn't the your fault if your classmate quits. 
Most problems arise because of schedules, so let's work together to find a solution.

7) Why do I not have any text book, reader, or workbook?
I must find the best mix of books to use to make a curriculum.  The curriculum is not in a book - it is in the teacher's mind.  One book cannot teach everything.  Books are only used for helping with teaching, learning, and practise.  I print from various books to give a well-rounded experience in English reading, grammar, conversation practise, and vocabulary.  After several months, we will probably choose one book as a main study.

8) Why haven't you given back my child's homework yet?
I keep homework for sometimes up to three or four months.  Why?  I create lessons by comparing several weeks of assignments side-by-side.  Homework is not only for a student to see their score.  For the most part, homework is for 1) practise of lessons and 2) a basis for me to know exactly how they're learning.

9) Do you give tests?
No, I don't. 
Keeping students' homework and comparing it from class to class, from week to week, is a more accurate way of knowing their overall and specific levels.  Tests only examine how well a student can duplicate what they'd learned during stress and during only one particular period of time (test day!).  This not useful for me to help my students learn English.

10) Do you teach American style English?
I am Canadian!  I guess I'm lucky in that my English is understood easily by everyone.  It's a mixture of American and British style.  It is not, however, American English.
For example, outside the United States 'practice' is a noun (The doctor has a practice in town.) and 'practise' is a verb (Please practise the piano.)  In the United States, they are both spelled 'practice'.  Colour, favour, flavour, and doughnut are all spelled differently in the US.
On the other hand, British English would call a 'truck' a 'lorry'.  A 'couch' is a 'sofa' in the US but a 'settee' in the UK.  Some things are really different, some are not.
Yes, I am trained to teach most dialects of English.