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Hello and welcome to Verbling (if you are new here). I have been teaching since 1989 and I specialize in IELTS and academic English; however, I am also free to teach other curriculums, such as Western Culture, Public Speaking and so on. If you have a subject you would like to study, tell me and I can prepare materials to help you.

Some quick information about myself:
* I was an IELTS Speaking examiner in Shanghai from 2003 - 2009
* I have taught academic English at universities in Canada, China &
Saudi Arabia
* I have a bachelor's degree in English Literature
* I have completed the CELTA program for teaching ESL
* I am a published writer/author/poet ("Surviving IELTS Speaking")
* I have taught in Canada, South Korea, China & Saudi Arabia
* I usually teach high school, college/university students & adults
* I use a variety of teaching materials (some written by myself)

I am available to teach one-off classes but if you are serious about learning English, you should buy 5 to 10 lessons at a time (this will also save you money). Classes are much better when the teacher and student get to know each other, and form a type of relationship.

The next step is for you to schedule a class and introduce yourself to me. I love meeting new people, and I hope that I will have the opportunity to meet you soon as well.




American English
Canadian English
Teenagers (12-18)
Adults (18+)
Learning Materials
Lesson Plans
Proficiency Assessment
Reading Exercises
Writing Exercises
Colloquial English
Interview Preparation
Listening Comprehension
Reading Comprehension
Speaking Practice
Vocabulary Development
Writing Correction



1998 - 1998
CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults)
Columbia College (course is administered by Cambridge University & taught internationally - Vancouver, BC, Canada
30 day / 100 hour intensive teaching preparation course
1989 - 1994
BA English Literature
University of Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada
focus on 18th to 20th Century American Literature; some undergrad course work in Education, Linguistics & Creative Writing


freelance writer & teacher
Verbling - Merida, Mexico
I focus mainly on teaching IELTS and academic English, but if you have a preference, please ask (don't be shy). I can also teaching writing, public speaking and western culture, and I am willing to consider any subjects you would like to study in English.
2016 - 2017
freelance writer & teacher
self-employed & various online language schools - Vancouver, BC, Canada
teaching online & working as freelance writer / photographer (travel & general interest news stories, general non-fiction); published first book ("Surviving IELTS Speaking") on
2015 - 2016
EAP / Intensive English Instructor
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals - Hafr Al-Batin, Saudi Arabia
taught Intensive English classes to university age males, focusing on speaking & grammar, writing skills when time allowed. Helped to write, invigilate & mark midterm & final exams, assign student grades. Other administrative duties as required.
2014 - 2015
freelance writer & teacher
self-employed & various language schools in Vancouver - Vancouver, BC, Canada
taught part-time on-call & worked as freelance writer while waiting for approval of Saudi Arabian working visa for following year
2013 - 2014
EAP Instructor
HongLing Middle School - Shenzhen, China
taught core skills to 1st year high school students, western culture to 2nd year high school students. Wrote & developed course & materials for Western Culture classes, coordinated with Chinese colleagues to assign student grades. Classes consisted of 32 classes of up to 30 students, taught bi-weekly, resulting in classes being conducted in a lecture format with group work assignments.
2012 - 2013
conversational ESL Instructor
Shanghai DiAnji University - Shanghai, China
taught conversational ESL to 1st & 2nd year vocational & academic college students, participated in English corner & other student-led events
2009 - 2012
freelance writer & teacher
self-employed - China & Canada
returned to Canada due to family emergency (cancer), taught part-time & on-call, also self-employed as a freelance writer
2010 - 2011
EAP Instructor
Vancouver Island University - Nanaimo, BC, Canada
taught EAP classes to beginner & low intermediate students seeking admission to VIU's mainstream academic programs
2003 - 2009
IELTS Speaking Examiner
British Council IELTS Division - Shanghai, China
invigilated listening, reading & writing exams; examined candidates' speaking skills; work was conducted in Shanghai & neighbouring cities, occasionally in additional cities under supervision of British Council's Beijing office
2008 - 2009
EAP Instructor
SBC (Sino-British College) - Shanghai, China
taught core skills (Reading, Writing, Listening) for academic purposes to university students preparing to study in the UK
2007 - 2008
EAP Instructor
PCEC Campus College - Shanghai, China
taught Business Communication classes to 1st & 2nd year college students
2006 - 2007
EAP Instructor
CIC (Cambridge International Center) at SNU (Shanghai Normal University) - Shanghai, China
taught conversational English & study skills to students preparing to study at A Level schools in Great Britain
2005 - 2006
Conversational ESL Instructor
PCEC Campus College - Shanghai, China
taught conversation classes to 1st year college students
2004 - 2005
EAP Instructor
SILC (Sydney Institute of Language & Commerce) - Shanghai, China
taught core skills & western history to 1st & 2nd year university transfer students
2002 - 2003
EAP Instructor
Niagara College at Shanghai Commercial School - Shanghai, China
taught core skills for academic purposes to grade 11 & 12 students
2001 - 2002
EAP Instructor
Dalian-Maple Leaf Elementary / Middle / High School - Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
taught core skills for academic purposes to grade 7 students
1998 - 2001
On-call substitute teacher
Vancouver School Board & various commercial language schools - Vancouver, BC, Canada
taught various ESL evening classes for Vancouver School Board and part-time / on-call for a variety of local language schools as needed
1997 - 1998
Writing & Listening Instructor
Gyeongsang National University - Chinju, South Korea
Teaching academic writing & listening skills to Korean university students; class sizes ranged from 50 to 70 students per class, so teaching was conducted lecture style with in-class practice & homework assignments. Courses included midterm & final exams written by myself, and letter grades were assigned as per university protocol.
1995 - 1997
Writing & Conversation Instructor
TOP Language Academy - Cheongju, South Korea
Teaching English in an afterschool study center (hagwon) to students in grades kindergarten to 7.
1993 - 1994
Teaching Assistant
University of Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada
Assisted Dr. Maggie Warbey in instructing ESL university applicants on academic writing


2003 - 2009
Confirmation of IELTS Examiner Status
British Council - Shanghai - Shanghai, China
Letter from a senior British Council official verifying the start and end dates of my position as an IELTS Speaking Examiner.
1998 - 1998
CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults)
University of Cambridge - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Actual course location was at Columbia College, in conjunction with Cambridge University in England. Course content covered all linguistic and educational methodology required to obtain an entry level ESL teaching position, and also included 120 contact classroom hours.
1989 - 1995
Bachelor of Arts degree, English Literature
University of Victoria - Victoria, Canada
Overall foundation in Western literature with some international literature work; emphasis on writing skills pertaining to essay and non-fiction, in addition to literature awareness.


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