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Shala Alert

Shala Alert

*Expert English Teacher*

 

Areas of emphasis and skill

Business English, Conversational English, Teaching Adults, Teaching Children, Multilingual

 

Professional Development Highlights

 

  • February 2016

Joined Skype English Class Now

 

Teaching Experience

  • Tutor/Lecturer in English literature, University of the West Indies, 2003-2014
  • Courses taught: Introduction to Drama, Introduction to Prose Fiction, Reading and Writing about Literature, Introduction to Shakespeare, Shakespearean Tragedy, Modern Prose Fiction and Science Fiction

 

Education

  • M.Phil. in English literature, University of the West Indies, awarded in 2015
  • B.A. in English literature and Spanish (double major), University of the West Indies, awarded in 2006
  • Teach English Now: Foundational Principles (TESOL), Coursera.org, certificate awarded in 2016
  • Virtual Teacher Specialization, Coursera.org, certificate awarded in 2015
  • Foundations of Teaching for Learning: Being a Teacher, Coursera.org, certificate awarded in 2015
  • Foundations of Teaching for Learning: Developing Relationships, Coursera.org, certificate awarded in 2015

 

Biography

 

I am a teacher, and I love teaching. It's a big part of my identity. I have been teaching literature at the university level since 2003. It has been rewarding, and my joy only increased when I started having children and got three little enthusiastic students of my very own. I practice home-based education, and the four of us enjoy spending time together learning to paint, read, play drums, throw and catch a ball, and make rocket ships with building blocks. I am their primary teacher, but they teach me too. Every day, I learn something new.

 

I also love languages. I am a native English speaker, but I have also dabbled in other languages, mainly for the joy of it. My education has focused on the study of literature for two primary reasons: I love to lose myself in the beautiful pictures language can create, and I am fascinated with how many meanings can be stuffed into a simple phrase. I sincerely enjoy unpacking those meanings. I also love listening to the sound of language. My husband and I are huge fans of Asian, Spanish, African and European creative content, specifically music, films, dramas and anime. 

 

Over the last few years, I have completed a few significant writing projects, and my job at the university included writing coaching. I have also worked as a book editor and proofreader. My use of English is impeccable, but I don't consider my own English education complete. There is always more to discover, and I discover every day.

 

I invite you to come and learn with me.

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