My name is Chris, and I am originally from Worcester, a small city in the centre of England, which is where I live now. My EFL teaching journey began in 2007 with a teaching post in Seoul, South Korea, and this later led me to a teaching post in Tokyo, Japan. Since spring 2020, I have been back in my hometown teaching English online with EF.
Teaching from home has been a major advantage. Not only has it offered me a safer working environment, but also it has provided me with the opportunity to engage with people from all over the world. I have also particularly enjoyed using the EF online platform to teach during this time.
Seeing my students develop their skills and improve their fluency in my classes helps to make me feel like I am doing a job that makes a difference in people’s lives, which is important to me. Seeing how enthusiastic students are about learning English also fills me up with a lot of positive energy and inspires me to keep working hard to improve my teaching.
The best tip I can give is to adapt the materials where necessary to suit the needs and abilities of each student. Having a range of activities and ideas you can draw from in class, especially during the practice stage of the lesson, helps to ensure students come away from the class feeling like they have learned something.
When I’m not teaching, I love reading and going to the gym. I’m currently getting to grips with a number of different Shakespeare plays. It’s interesting to see how the grammar and vocabulary of our language have changed over the centuries.
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