My association with teaching English as a Second Language came about quite by chance. After becoming involved in a host family program through a local community college, I discovered a glaring omission in the student's curriculum - the opportunity for meaningful conversation, in English, with native speakers. I set out to address this need by holding informal student gatherings in my home. These get-togethers quickly grew into the "Conversation Club."
(2006-2008) Conversation Club with international students from local community college - completely self-created course to foster conversation, improve vocabulary and practice thinking in English.
(2008-2013) International House Spoken English Program for advanced level graduate students, visiting professionals and au pairs. Building on the curriculum developed for Conversation Club, the course content was enhanced to include interactive games, guest speakers and field trips to local attractions.
(2008 - Present) Independent English Language Tutor specializing in student driven curriculums such as business, law, medicine, literature and popular culture, along with pronunciation, vocabulary and TOEFL preparation.
(2010)Center for Literacy ESL Program Teacher addressing needs of recent immigrants and refugees with goal of attaining US Citizenship.
(2011-Present)Kaplan International Center tutor and instructor at multi-level ESL school. Integrated skills (Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking) teacher with supplemental work in American Accent and Business.
This program is ideal for individuals and groups with some experience in speaking English, visitors and working professionals.
Focused on improving your understanding of North American English, the program combines student's life experiences with first hand exposure to US culture. This interactive approach makes classes, engaging, challenging and fun. No text books are required.
My name is Mike Ward. I've been using my unique teaching methods in American English since 2006. I believe that conversation is the lifeblood of language. In my classes, you will speak conversational North American English - all the time. Topics range from current events and cooking to controversies and comedy. No subject is taboo because you - the student - will be part of the selection process. The focus will be on topics and issues that are important to you.