| Education & Work Experience
| ||Do you have passport, original degree, sealed academic transcripts and criminal background record right now? If not, can you prepare these documents soon?|
Yes, I have all of these documents right now, but the degree and criminal record check need to verified by a notary and the Korean consulate in Montreal, Canada. However, that can be done quickly.
* Education & Work Experience *
I believe that I am an excellent match for an English instructor position at your institution because of my extensive work experience in teaching English conversation, TOEIC test strategies and business English to adults. I have a total of 15 years of teaching experience. I have worked with students from a variety of business backgrounds with different goals. I have taught English in small groups at language schools as well as on-site at multinational corporations. My teaching career includes 3 years of teaching English in Korea with the EPIK and SMOE Programs.
Currently, I am working part-time in Yokohama, Japan at a language school called B-Cafe. My position mainly involves teaching English conversation, Business English, Travel English and Hospital English to young professionals in a private lesson setting. The main goals of the lessons are to improve the fluency levels of the students and relevant vocabulary.
One of the highlights of my teaching career was the 3 semesters I spent teaching International English Communication Skills to attaches working for the Government of Japan at their language training center in Japan. One of my main goals was to teach them polite forms of English communication which they could use when welcoming and providing services to foreigners in embassies abroad. One subject that interested them immensely was the cultural differences between Japan and other nations. I had these students give oral presentations on different aspects of Japanese culture. This exercise was quite useful as they would soon have to explain Japanese culture to foreigners abroad. I believe that Korean students would also find this type of training invaluable to prepare them for occasions when they want to tell foreigners about different aspects of Korean culture.
Another major highlight in my teaching career was the time when I taught English to French-speaking civil servants working in various departments for The Government of Canada. At L’Estrie Language School in Montreal, Canada (09/2008 – 02/2012), I helped mainly department managers from various sections of the government (including Environment Canada, Revenue Canada, Industry Canada and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police.) prepare for English language proficiency tests. In most cases, they needed to improve their English skills to qualify for promotions. Therefore, the pressure on me from my students and the school was tremendous. I taught them speech writing, public speaking skills, how to paraphrase information from business meetings and telephone calls, business English vocabulary, and intermediate to advanced level English grammar. My success rate with these students was excellent. All of my students passed their tests with high scores.
In terms of length of time, my most significant work experience in teaching in a language school was with Nova Intercultural Institute in Tokyo, Japan (10/1995 – 05/2000). The students here had mainly two goals. They wanted to improve their speaking fluency and their TOEIC scores. Nova introduced me to the TOEIC test as well as some strategies on how to improve one’s chances of answering its questions correctly. Since that time, I have done some research on the TOEIC test and have learned some additional techniques which help the students avoid choosing carefully crafted wrong answers known as “distractors”. It’s my hope that I’ll be able to transfer these useful strategies to your students.
Most of my students describe me as a creative and relaxed teacher. To keep my lessons interesting for the students and I, I frequently try out new role-play ideas and search for new teaching materials. I realize that time is important to both my students and I. I want them to leave my lessons feeling that they have learned personally-useful expressions and made noticeable progress in improving their English skills. I also try to create a high-energy and fun classroom atmosphere in each lesson to keep the motivation levels of my students high. Since I enjoy teaching English, that goal is easy to meet. I hope to return to Korea to teach English because I truly enjoy working with Korean people. I find Korean people to be friendly, compassionate and creative. These are all qualities that I value. I would like to close this letter by thanking you for considering me for a teaching position at your institution.