I use a type of Communicative Approach (adapted to test preparation) emphasising natural spoken English and appropriate styles of written English, but using realistic English and encouraging the student to communicate his/her own ideas, in away emphasising fluency and convincing the examiner that the candidate is being natural and at the appropriate level and tone.
I structure my lessons so students firstly forget they are in a lesson and secondly I get them to relax into English by stimulating them to think firstly; before long they are challenging me with ideas...but in ENGLISH! And I use a lot of (BAD) jokes!
I have been teaching (Ireland, Europe, Asia) for 13 yrs and have taught THOUSANDS of students and helped them achieve their target test scores! I use a lively and fun approach and I provide ALL materials and practice materials.
I prefer (in the current pandemic situation) to teach online. So a rate of Eur15/hour is for one hour, but if you book 5 hours, the rate would be Eur14; if you book 10 hours, the rate would be Eur13.
For all classes, I provide the option of one-on-one or small group.
For all classes, I provide the student with ALL materials and all practice tests.
-Master's Degree in Medical Physiology (Neurology) NUI 1992
-Master's in Philosophy (Creative Writing) TCD 2001
-Diploma in Teaching English to Adults Cambridge University ESOL 1999
-Certificate in Teaching English to Adults Cambridge University ESOL 1997
-Advanced Cert. in Teaching English to Children Teachers' College, Columbia University 2016Professional
-Executive MBA Quantic 2021
-Google Educator Level 1 2020
-Google Educator Level 2 (in progress)
-British Council cert in teaching IELTS
-British Council license as examiner in IELTS
-Examiner Cambridge Suite of Exams
-Exam Invigilator, Assessment 2020 - Present Supervision of third party exams and assessments
-University Tutor Feb 2020 - Jun 2020 Dublin City University (Academic Tutor (Foundation Programs)
-Start-up Consultant/Academic Consultant Mar 2019 - Dec 2019 Classin Education, Dublin/Online
(Provided specialist knowledge to a start-up online education company providing IELTS/TOEFL exam/test preparation, General English and General Education training to second/third-level students located in 2nd/3rd tier cities in China. Tested and developed platforms and populated this with VLM (Virtual Learning Material).)
-IELTS Exam Specialist/Tester Sep 2016 - Dec 2018 IBEST, Hanoi (Vietnam)
-Operations Manager/Director of Berlitz Dublin Jul 2015 - Sep 2016
-Teacher of Cambridge Tests/Exams Apr 2015 - Jul 2016 Ulearn, Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
-Exam Preparation Teaching (Cambridge/IELTS/TOEFL); Dublin
-Director of Studies/Education Project Manager - with BP Baku Azerbaijan Apr 2014 - Jul 2015
-Director of Studies Summer School Jul 2012 - Aug 2012 University of Cambridge (UK)
Francis is an excellent teacher, with great method and skill. He helped me prepare for the IELTS Cambridge exam, and I got an 8.5.
Francis makes learning fun and easy, and is very dedicated to his students. He always inspired me.
Francis is an amazing teacher! His methods definitely helped me understanding the subjects and I owe him big time for achieving the scores I needed!
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