Enthusiastic and dedicated are two words that spring to mind when describing Global English TEFL tutor Kerry McEwan. She is especially passionate about all things grammar. Here she shares her TEFL story. Also look out for the part 'cellos and rodents play in her life!
'I first became aware of, and interested in, the world of TEFL/TESOL when I was still at primary school when I watched my unqualified mum helping some ladies, who’d just moved to England from India, get to grips with their first English – and a very good job she did too.
As I grew up, I found that not only did I have a love for learning different languages but a keen interest in language itself, studying linguistics as the subsidiary to my Latin degree at Canterbury University.
After several years of working in the commercial field before leaving to have and look after my two children, I decided that I really wanted to get back to language, particularly TESOL. So I trained initially in Canterbury, England, 12 years ago, gaining an A-grade CELTA and I have been teaching ever since. I have gained a wide range of distance learning experience through bolt-on courses, including a specialist certificate in English grammar, a specialised phonetics certificate, Business English, one to one teaching, how to teach grammar, classroom management and teaching young learners.
Some of these were through Global English TESOL courses so I know the courses and will have total empathy with my trainees! I have taught EFL in a wide variety of situations, all in the UK, including Business English, one to one, mixed and monolingual classes of both adults and young learners.
The last few years have seen me focusing on on-line teaching and telephone teaching, the hours of which combine well with bringing up my two children in Kent in the South East of England.
As a family, we also enjoy music. My son is an amazing ‘cellist and pianist and I also teach clarinet, recorder and saxophone. We share a love of rodents, especially guinea pigs and hamsters, although in my tutor picture I am playing with a Libyan jird – yes, jird!
If I am your tutor, I look forward to working with you on your TESOL course.'
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