Matthew's Fun Facts
Matthew Houtsma is a native English speaker from Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a career professional Securities Trader with 30 years of experience in financial markets and a TEFL certified English teacher with a lively, engaging style. He has experience teaching all levels, both in the classroom and via skype. His specialties include business English, Toastmasters and preparation for all types of tests and interviews. Mr. Houtsma lives in Barcelona, Spain with his wife and dog. They like to take long walks and explore Europe's most beautiful city.
He is originally from USA and currently resides in Spain.
His Current Time Zone is:(GMT +1:00) Europe/Brussels
He Can Teach These Specialized Courses:TOEFL, IELTS, EIKEN, OET, English for Medical Professionals, English for Tour Guides, CV Review and Interview Preparation
He Can Teach The Following Age Groups:Children, Adolescents, College, Adults, Seniors
My approach is to teach things that will give the student an immediate benefit. I ask them to keep notes on things they encounter that they don't understand. Every class begins with me asking the student "Do you have any questions or problems?"
I use a hybrid style that includes reading, writing, speaking, reading and role play along with correction for errors and fluency. My goal is to have the student speaking for at least 80% of the class.
TEFL Certificate, Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor: 2011
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Business Administration and Management, General: 1989 – 1991
Cooking, gardening and learning new things.