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By:Jeffrey Christenson <cjeffrun@gmail.com>
Date: 3 July 2015

Jeffrey Christenson
Email: cjeffrun@gmail.com
Skype: cjeffinbeijing
WeChat: Jeffrey_ESL_Teacher
Mobile: 1-604-442-5167

Years of ESL experience: 8
Age: 38
Nationality: Canadian
First Language: English
Current Location: Vancouver, Canada
Desired Location for Work: A Chinese city with reasonable air quality. Shenzhen or Shanghai preferred. Other cities will be considered.
Date Available to Work: Late August 2015, but flexible for the right position
Passport Expiration: 2023

Education & Professional Development
1998 TEFL Certificate - Wall Street English
Helen Doron Early English training coarse
TESOL Certificate – Oxford Seminars
Bachelor of Science - The University of British Columbia

ESL Teaching Experience
2011-2013 English Teacher
Wall Street English
Beijing, China
Contact: Kevin Chitty

Duties & Responsibilities

-following lesson plans
-expanding upon lesson plans
-teaching small classes of around 4 students
-holding free talk / discussion classes of up to 40 students
-Party and event planning and execution
-Attending regular training sessions for teaching skills, inter-department cooperation, and management track

2010-2011 English Teacher
Wise English / Baihai Bilingual Middle School
Fangzi, Weifang, Shandong, China
Contact: Felix

Mobile: 15610675800 (Chinese or English)
Duties and responsibilities

-lesson planning
-creating Powerpoint presentations
-finding songs to use in the classroom
-running 45 minute lessons with 36+ children per class
-taught grades 7 and 8
Summary Wise English uses a topic based teaching methodology. Aside from the given course outlines, I was free to expand the material as I saw fit. I created Powerpoint presentations to assist with learning and expand understanding of western culture and many other things. I selected songs which could be somewhat easily understood by the students and also that the students could hopefully enjoy.

2009-2010 English Teacher
Helen Doron Early English (HDEE)
Shanghai, China
Contact: Tina (Chinese or English) 13795317538
Duties & Responsibilities -Lesson planning
-Lesson revision
-Activity planning
-Event planning
-Prop design and manufacturing (funny hats, masks, giant animals etc…)
-teaching 45 minute lessons involving singing, dancing, and games
Summary The HDEE organization specializes in educating children as young as 1.5 years old. The youngest students of mine were around 2. Many of the youngest students were non verbal so to verify understanding I would use pictures and have them follow commands. The class sizes were small, around 5 students per class. There was no translator or helper of any kind in the classroom so management of 2-7 year old students with low levels of English comprehension was entirely up to me. The job involved a lot of quick thinking and on the spot activity creation because a bored child meant an unsatisfied parent, and children have an attention span of their age in seconds.


English Teacher: 2007 - 2009
Witty International English
TEDA (Tianjin Economic Development Area),Tianjin, China
Contact: Amy (English or Chinese)
Duties & Responsibilities -following lesson plans
-expanding upon lesson plans
-teaching small classes of around 8 students
-holding free talk / discussion classes of up to 40 students
-Party and event planning and execution
Summary: I was responsible for teaching total beginner, beginner, intermediate, advanced, and business level classes. The students’ ages ranged from 5-60. Most of the students I taught were between 20 and 35. I taught core classes, which were mandatory classes related to computer software. As well as those I taught salon classes, which were optional classes introducing fun topics and new vocabulary. Several times a week I conducted a free talk class. Free talk classes were attended by up to 40 students. Once a month the school held an extracurricular activity (party, contest, presentation), run in cooperation by the foreign and Chinese staff.

2006-2007 English teacher, South Korea 2006-2007
I was a part time teacher at many after school tutoring institutions (hok-wans). Most of my students were in primary school. Class sizes were often over 30. There was never a teaching assistant, so it taught me a great deal about classroom management. I got a lot of experience dealing with many, many different curriculums and teaching methods.

Teaching Philosophy
Every person is different, and every student is a person. Every student has a different background, learning style, learning speed, intelligence, and needs for the use of the English language. To be an effective teacher is to be aware of this, and be observant of your students in order to learn as much about them as you can. I believe empathy and patience are the most important things for being an effective teacher.


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