Nick's Fun Facts
Hi, my name is Nick Tate and I am an English Language teacher. I am a native English speaker, and I am currently living outside Cambridge in the UK.
I’ve been teaching English for over 10 years. For some of that time, I have taught at language schools in South-East Asia, and I have experience as an English language instructor in the UK, where I have worked at colleges and universities.
The main areas of teaching English as a foreign language that I have specialized in are General English, Business English, English for Academic Purposes, Critical Thinking and IELTS exam Preparation. Over the last several years, I have taught on numerous pre-sessional courses for students preparing to take a BA or MA degree in UK or Australian based universities.
Over my teaching career, I have instructed students of various ages, nationalities and backgrounds and I have a lot of experience teaching learners on a one-to-one basis.
In terms of credentials, I have gained a BA in Music, an MA in Education, and the English Language teaching qualifications of CELTA and DELTA.
My main hobby is listening to different genres of music, and I also play piano and acoustic guitar regularly. In addition to that, I enjoy playing sport, including football and tennis.
In lessons, I enjoy incorporating authentic videos and articles where useful, and I have developed a wide range of self-created lessons across the four language skills and the four language systems for use in different contexts. I am also familiar with various English Language textbooks and course-books and I frequently adapt and supplement these materials to provide more in-depth and tailored instruction.
I am able to identify a student’s abilities and weaknesses and provide lessons to address these shortcomings while further developing areas of strength. I can also adapt to fit the preferences of an individual learner.
In an initial lesson, we can discuss the areas and skills of the English Language that you may want to focus on, the type of content, style, level, and materials that you feel would be most suitable and the way in which you would like lessons to be structured. I have a range of lesson types available, and I can answer any questions you may have about these different courses, while explaining the content, purpose, benefits, expected learning outcomes, and other relevant details. If you have specific goals or interests that you would like lessons to be based around, I am always open to listen to any requests, and I will do my best to meet your requirements, so that classes can be as productive as possible for you.
Lessons will feature:
- Engaging activities and tasks relevant to the chosen subject area
- Regular practice in the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing (if suitable for the lesson type)
- Detailed written feedback provided at the end of each session
- Error correction relating to grammar, vocabulary & pronunciation (in verbal and written forms)
- A wide range of exercises and worksheets available to be completed during or outside of class
- Testing and assessment materials suitable for a given subject area (on request)
- Test practice and feedback for exam preparation classes
- Frequent reviews and recaps of materials and content previously covered
If you are interested in improving your English Language abilities and academic skills, please feel free to get in touch. It would be great to hear from you.
His Current Time Zone is:(GMT) Europe/London
He Can Teach These Specialized Courses:PET, FCE, IELTS, CPE
He Can Teach The Following Age Groups:Adolescents, College, Adults, Seniors
September 2011 - June 2019 (with various periods of absence, as indicated below)
Australian Centre for Education, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
� Full-time IELTS preparation and EAP teacher, predominantly instructing Upper-Intermediate and Advanced level students, with ages ranging from 16-25
� Instructor for full-time scholarship adult learners on a pre-departure training course; students who achieved their course entry requirements during the year-long period of study went on to undertake a Master's programme at an Australian university
� Contributor to the development of Diploma course lesson materials for the subjects of Academic Reading and Vocabulary and Critical Thinking and Analysis Skills
July - September 2017 / 2018 Kingston University, London
� EAP teacher, instructing learners on a pre-sessional course in key academic language skills prior to their commencement of BA or MA studies
September 2014 � August 2015 Kings Colleges London
� Full time EAP teacher, instructing learners on a year-long academic Foundation course in IELTS training and academic language skills
� The teaching position included instruction for FCE and CAE exam preparation in reading and listening skills, and developing students' spoken fluency and accuracy for speaking assessments
August 2012 - March 2013 Education First, Cambridge
� General English instructor for full-time academic year international students on one-two year Foundation courses
� IELTS and CAE trainer, instructing multilingual learners in developing academic skills and test knowledge and experience
July - August 2011 / 2012 / 2013 Oxford Royale Academy, Oxford
� Teaching General English to Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced level students aged from 16-18 in multilingual classes
� Teaching focus on the systems of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
MA in Education (University of Derby) - 2018
BA Music Hons (Kingston University) - 2009
CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) - 2011
DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) - 2014
Listening to music; playing guitar and piano
Playing football, table tennis and chess