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:PET, KET, FCE, TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, CPE, BEC, EIKEN, GMAT Verbal, TKT, OET, CELPIP, English for Banks and Finance, English for Medical Professionals, English for Tour Guides, English for Police and Law Enforcement, English for Airline Staff, English for Food and Drink Staff, English for Speaking on the Phone, English for Hotel Staff, English for Cashiers, Meetings in English, CV Review and Interview Preparation, Business Correspondence Course, Giving Presentations in English, Negotiations in English, English for Marketing, English for Aviation Professionals, English for Human Resources, English for Technology Professionals
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.