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  • English, ESL and Pronunciation Specialist

    By: Sam Gardner < Show E-mail >

    Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2021

    Location: Mexico (North America)


    Samuel J Gardner   

    Education Davidson College, Davidson, NC               May 2008

           Bachelor of Arts in Spanish


    Certification 120 Hour TEFL Course- i-t-i International Projects           June 2015


    Personal Interests include visual arts, literature, cultures and language


    Experience English Teaching Consultant - TutorABC - Remote Location               May 2020 - Present

    • Lead 25 and 45-minute English classes of 1-6 students ages 5+ via online video platform
    • Complete weekly average of 35 Progress Reports for students, detailing, material covered, activities performed, advances made and areas of needed improvement
    • Use props, TPR and platform tools to create a fun and interactive learning environment
    • Guide potential students through trial classes and complete report forms rating English skills and recommending class level


    Online English Teacher - DadaAbc - Remote Location             Aug 2018 - Dec 2020

    • Conduct one-to-one basic-to-advanced-level English classes with children in China,  ages 4-16 via online video platform
    • Develop individualized class plans based on student’s interests, English level and learning style
    • Track progress by writing post-class assessments that detail material covered, activities performed, advances made and areas of needed improvement; use assessments to inform subsequent lessons
    • Guide potential students through trial classes and complete report forms rating English skills and recommending class level


    English Tutor and Translator  – Self-Employed, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, MX              Sept 2011 – Present

    • Tutor children and adults in basic-to-advanced English using dialogue, games and book-based activities
    • Monitor students’ progress through periodic written and oral quizzes as well as worksheets
    • Review, translate and advise on Spanish and English texts ranging from thesis projects to informational pamphlets to artists' Statements of Purpose

    Online English Trainer – Learnlight, Remote Location.                          Jan – Sept 2016

    • Tutored business professionals in spoken English over Skype using a needs-driven classroom platform and a wide variety of supplemental materials including audio, video and online magazine articles
    • Adapted  20-60 minute lessons to students’ needs and interests through classes focused on topics ranging from soccer slang to phrasal verbs 
    • Completed and updated student profiles; wrote daily session reports identifying areas for improvement in pronunciation and grammar


    English Instructor – Cambridge Academy, Oaxaca , Oaxaca, MX               Sept 2013 – Oct 2015

    • Taught English classes of one, two and four hours length to children, adolescents and adults of all skill levels
    • Successfully recruited new students for the school through demonstration classes
    • Prepared and executed on detailed lesson plans devised to maximize learning while capturing students’ interest
    • Engaged students with games, group activities and discussions, encouraging practical English usage and language autonomy
    • Took daily attendance, corrected and graded homework and exams and turned in student reports in a timely fashion

    Secondary Teacher – Liceo Federico Froebel, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, MX.           Sept 2011 – June 2013

    • Instructed students ages 12-16 at a bilingual International Baccalaureate school. Taught subjects of English Geography, Cultural Heritage and Civics in an English-only environment
    • Developed yearly curriculums including exams, classroom activities, field trips and projects
    • Provided academic counseling and assistance to students during and after school
    • Graded essays, exams and projects of over 100 students on a monthly basis

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