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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



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 (except math, lol).
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


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