Teacher Talks: Clarin Chan

By 7th September 2016Teacher Talks

Clarin Chan is one of the friendliest teachers at our partner school – MANHATTAN English Language Studio – and she loves keeping her students engaged with fun activities, arts, and crafts.

She has a Singaporean/Canadian background and a wealth of teaching experience. We caught up with her recently to find out all about her.

  1. What teaching qualifications do you have?

I have a degree in Linguistics from the Simon Fraser University in Canada where I learnt about phonics, English grammar and language training. I also have a CELTA qualification that helps me to teach students who are learning English as a second language. I’ve been teaching English in a formal setting for more than 2 years so I have gained a lot of valuable experience in that time. Aside from these formal qualifications, I also think that it is important to note that I find tremendous satisfaction and enjoyment in teaching – it really is a true passion.

  1. What type of lessons do you teach?

I teach English one-on-one and in small groups. The focus of each class varies extensively due to the different needs of my students. I find myself teaching everything from pronunciation to syntax and even cultural understanding!

  1. What kind of activities do you use in your lessons?

It depends on what each student is interested in. I try to have a wide variety of activities so that students won’t get bored. For reading comprehension, for instance, I like to throw crafts, puzzles, and creative writing into the mix. I always gauge students’ enthusiasm to decide if I want to do similar activities in the future.

  1. What do you most enjoy about teaching?

I love the unique interaction that you get with a student when you are teaching them, and the feeling of delivering a good lesson which you know will make a difference in their learning journey.

  1. Do you follow a particular teaching style?

I do not follow a particular teaching style. I don’t believe that one teaching method is better than the rest. For me, flexibility is key. Something that I find interesting is to switch roles with the students occasionally. The students enjoy coming up with test questions for me to answer and it allows me to discretely test their comprehension. It’s a great way to spice up a lesson!

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