Hi, my name’s Aidan O’Rourke and I’m an online teacher of English as a Foreign Language. I’m based in North West England and I often travel to Ireland and Germany.
I teach English language especially to speakers of German and other European languages as well as speakers of Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.
Additional options – recording of lesson notes, written summary, e-mail support
I make use of modern technology. I use an Apple MacBook Air computer, e-mail, electronic documents and online media.
Using the MacBook Air I make notes on each lesson as we go along. The notes can include vocabulary, phrases, grammar, pronunciation, snippets of text or longer pieces of writing. Over time the lesson diary builds up into a very valuable record of what we have covered as well as an extremely useful revision aid.
Unlike many EFL teachers, I have learned two languages myself – I have an honours degree in Modern Languages (German and French) from Trinity College Dublin. The course included linguistics and phonetics. It is essential to have reached a high standard in foreign language in order to be able to teach your mother tongue.
I have taught English as a Foreign Language in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Germany and the UK. In Saudi Arabia I taught at the Institute of Banking in Riyadh, and as well as providing classroom tuition, I was examinations officer. In the UAE I was an English language instructor with the Military. As well as teaching in the classroom, was in charge of the Computer Assisted Language Learning labs.
Professional experience in online media
Since 1996 I have been publishing my writing and photography online. I have contributed to books magazines and newspapers and I’ve presented radio programmes. I am a writer with online media experience and I encourage students to use journalistic standards when learning English.