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Conversational English

tutoring & advice

 with Sharmila Ganapathy

short description:
Conversational English lessons for students and working adults keen to improve their command of the English language
long description:
I offer conversational English classes to students (age 18 and above) and working adults who desire higher fluency in spoken English to advance academically and professionally. I usually conduct lessons via Skype and use different teaching aids to cater to students with different learning styles.
level of difficulty:
all welcome
minimum class size:
mondays, tuesdays, thursdays, fridays, saturdays (times are negotiable)
fee comments:
I offer one free trial lesson. Once the student and I have decided on class hours, I charge an hourly fee payable upon delivery.
 session structure





Conversational English

live session

Conversational English lessons for students and working adults keen to improve their command of the English language

1h 0m

languages: English
fee: 25US$  (250lp)
payment: at delivery
delivery method: live online and self-paced

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Sharmila Ganapathy

description of :
I am a freelance English teacher, with over six years experience in journalism. I possess a Diploma in TESOL from the London Teacher Training College and am currently pursuing a MEd. in TESL. I have experience tutoring undergraduates in conversational and overall English language skills. Some of these students were tutored entirely online using Skype, with much success.
My passion for teaching is fuelled by an inner drive to help others discover their true potential by mastering a new language. Nothing is impossible if you apply yourself and I believe in helping my students discover that for themselves.

Teacher's qualifications:
Sharmila Ganapathy

Summary of Qualifications:
• Talented at cultivating rapport with people of various cultures and levels.
• Highly inquisitive, creative and resourceful.
• Ability to easily grasp and communicate complex theoretical concepts in a digestible manner.
• Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills.

Professional Experience:

September 2009-present: Private English tutor. I Tutor college-going students in English to improve their reading, writing, speaking and grammar skills to help them better communicate and express themselves in the language.


Writing/editing- (The Edge Malaysia- September 2007-March 2009):

 Wrote business articles for the Financial Daily and The Edge Weekly.
 Edited and assessed my own work and that of others prior to publication.


 Motivated my students to learn English by maintaining close teacher-student rapport; used multimedia and other teaching aids to keep them engaged; provided them with moral support.
 Charted students’ interests and skill levels and tailored my lesson plans and teaching approach accordingly to help them learn better.
 Assisted rookie reporters in research of articles, identifying key information, as well as communicating appropriately to relevant parties during press conferences and other work-related events.

Interpersonal Skills:

 Developed and maintained positive working relationships with students to enhance their motivation to learn English
 Collaborated with fellow colleagues at The Edge to write articles.
 Developed and maintained close working relationships with various corporate figures throughout journalism career.

Research Skills:

 Researched offline and online literature and consulted experienced ESL educators to develop appropriate lesson plans and materials for my students.
 Carried out online and offline research, including interviewing domestic and international industry experts for articles.


 Utilised podcasting tools, YouTube, social networking applications and Internet-based ESL materials to help students improve their English language skills.
 Utilised computer software such as Bloomberg and Reuter’s stock tracking applications as part of research for my articles.
 Learned and utilised the in-house content management systems used by The Edge and TM Net to publish photographs and articles.
 Learned and utilised applications such as Adobe Photoshop and blogging software for personal blog.

Employment History:

 The Edge Malaysia (Sept 2007-Mar 2009)
 TM Net Sdn Bhd (Mar 2006-April 2007)
 Freelance writer (Jan 2005-Mar 2006)
 The Edge Malaysia (Nov 2002-Dec 2004)


 Currently pursuing Masters in Education (TESL) at Universiti Putra Malaysia.
 Diploma in TESOL (Distinction) from the London Teacher Training College
 BBA (Hons) in Marketing with Multimedia from Multimedia University.

Relevant Interests: Reading, writing fiction, blogging, listening to music, watching movies, yoga, traveling.

Personal details:
Date of Birth: May 28 1979
Marital Status: Single

's preferred teaching style:
I believe in facilitating and guiding my students in discovering a language, as opposed to spoon feeding them. Open communication with students is very important to me, including two-way feedback so that I understand where my students are coming from and can teach them better as a result. I believe in using different mediums to foster student interest in the language, such as audio clips, videos and other materials. Having prior experience tutoring students online via Skype, I'm familiar with technology as well as the challenges it poses and am able to adapt accordingly during language lessons.

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