Stephen John

English Language/IELTS Tutor at Self-employed
Experience: 15 Years
Location: Karachi , Pakistan

Professional Summary

English Language/IELTS Tutor

  • Teach the essentials of English language and grammar.
  • Train in brainstorming, paraphrasing and summarizing methodologies to IELTS students.
  • Desktop Publishing: Created grammar book and Essential List of Nouns.
  • Produced promotional leaflets for private tuition services.

Publishing/Proofreading/Writing Competences

  • Adapt and paraphrase the text to innovative format.
  • Advertise small ads and post teaching materials on social media sites.
  • Bilingual proficiency in English and Urdu.
  • Create English language learning worksheets.
  • Proofread grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Use digital dictionaries for reference.

Experiences

  • Jan 1999 - Currently working
    English Language/IELTS Tutor
    Self-employed
    Karachi, Pakistan
    • Teach English essentials, grammar and role play activities.
    • Train in receptive and productive skills of IELTS test.
  • Jan 1996 - Jan 1997
    Bakery Salesman
    Agha Supermarket
    Karachi, Pakistan
    • Arranged window display, assisted customers and provided products knowledge.
    • Directed customers by escorting them to racks and counters.
    • Increased the sales figures and built up good customer relations.
  • Jan 1994 - Dec 1996
    Sales Clerk
    Video Rental Shop
    Karachi, Pakistan
    • Rented out video and CD players, checked customers’ IDs, recorded in journal and responded to queries.
    • Handled cash counter and computer software and hardware sales.
    • Provided customer services at home and troubleshot problems.

Academics

  • Apr 1998
    Intermediate - COMMERCE
    Govt.Allma Iqbal Degree College, Karachi
    Karachi, Pakistan
    Grade/GPA: C

    Major subjects : Accounting, Banking, Principles of Commerce, Economics and Commercial Geography

  • May 1993
    High School - Matriculation
    Methodist Sec. School, Drigh Rd, Karachi
    Karachi, Pakistan
    Grade/GPA: D
    Major subjects : Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry

Skills

  • Convincing/Marketing/Negotiation
  • Editing/Paraphrasing
  • Initiative/Troubleshooting
  • Interpersonal/Public Relations
  • Monitoring/Organizing
  • MS Office (word)
  • Sales and Promotion
  • Team Spirit and Cooperation

Certifications

  • Professional Knowledge ELT & Assessment
    Dec 2015
    Educational Testing Service (ETS), National Testing Service (NTS), Karachi, Pakistan
    Grade/Score: 3 bands

    Coursework & Assessment:

    • Foundations of Language Learning
    • Foundations of Language Teaching
    • Essentials of English
    • Teaching Vocabulary, Grammar, Speaking, Listening, Reading & Writing
  • English Language Program
    Nov 1996
    Pakistan American Cultural Center, Karachi, Pakistan
    Grade/Score: 95%

    - Attended English Language Course from Elementary to Upper-Intermediate Level.

  • Typing Course
    Aug 1989
    YMCA Industrial home Drigh Rd, Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
    Grade/Score: 70%

    - Attended typing course during schooling period at YMCA Industrial home Drigh Rd,Karachi.

Affiliations

  • English Language, IELTS, TOEFL Teacher
    Jan 2013 - Jan 2019
    BRAINIAC TUTELAGE Institution, DHA Phase V, Karachi, Pakistan

Languages

  • Urdu
    (Fluent - Full Knowledge)
  • English
    (Fluent - Full Knowledge)

Portfolio

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    Tutorial To Enhance Idiomatic Language(Professional)
    Nov 2017
    Self-Employment Karachi, Pakistan

    Are You All at Sixes and Sevens?

    The heading has an idiom, “at sixes and sevens” and it means “in confusion; not well organized.” So we are all at sixes and sevens when we confront with a native speaker who is using idiomatic expressions fluently in their conversation. Idioms do have significance in English. Because of the vastness of English language and complexity of idioms, we often hesitate to learn them or give secondary importance. People with superficial knowledge of idioms find it very hard to take in and try to avoid the interaction, if idioms are being used. Following are the valuable instructions to gain proper understanding.

    1. Attempt to comprehend idioms
    You’ll have to understand the meaning and context before using the idioms. Let’s see this idiom, ‘With Flying Colors’ which means “passing with high marks”. You can easily figure out through its meaning that it relates to education or test and should be used in victory sense. Your next step is to make a statement using your mind’s eye: Don’t worry mom, I’ll pass the exam with flying colors. Understanding the context is important before using idioms in speech as well as in written language.

    2. Navigate and be selective
    This is a very important aspect and you have to be aware of most common idioms that people normally use to interact with each other. The list of active idioms can be found through online resources, but simply memorizing them doesn’t bring any effective results. I notice the idiom “Relatively Speaking” on TV shows a lot. It is used when a speaker is comparing something with all similar things: The colleges had become, relatively speaking, short of funds. Therefore, you should choose wisely and practice it frequently in your daily activities. Using uncommon and complicated idioms might confuse the audience.

    3. Purchase an idiom dictionary
    There are numerous of books and dictionaries available online as well as at the local bookshops. The most popular is Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms, THIRD EDITION edited by John Ayto. Type “Top ten idiom books” on Google Search Engine and you’ll have the list with images to select and begin your journey of learning idioms.

    4. Search Torrent sites; download an app
    If you are a computer geek then browse through “Torrent Sites” for the updated version of idiom book; dictionary. Train commuters who use Smartphone or Tablet PC can download the dictionary app and learn on their way to work. Choose any method that best suits to you.

    5. Notice song lyrics
    Have you ever noticed the song lyrics? If not, then listen to a song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, it was sung by Colombian singer Shakira and released in 2010. There’s an idiom “Back in the saddle” in the lyrics. It means “doing something that you stopped doing for a period of time: After a prolonged study gap, Steven is back in the saddle.”

    In the tail end of this blog, I recommend you to learn at least three (3) idioms a day. Make statements in your journal. Use them in your daily conversations. Sooner or later, you’ll accumulate a lot of idioms.

    Stephen Noble John

    ELT Professional

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    A Prescription for IELTS/TOEFL Learners(Professional)
    Oct 2017
    Self-Employment Karachi, Pakistan

    Title: A Prescription for IELTS/TOEFL Learners

    Reading module could be the most difficult task for some individuals. Especially for those who are not used of reading or lack of interest in it. Some of them also face problems as they have longest educational gap and find it hard to overcome. But if your purpose is to achieve high bands or scores, you need to follow this prescription.

    Work at Active Reading

    You’ll have to face quite a few challenges in the Reading section. You should see the level of content and vocabulary you may come up. However the greatest dare, is to attempt to both read the passages and answer the question in the limited time provide. Therefore, to do well on the IELTS or TOEFL, you must work on active reading.

    Focus on the big picture … Active reading succeeds three major tasks:

    1. Finding the purpose: This involves figuring out why the author wrote the piece.
    2. Understanding the structure: Mapping the passage to find out where key information is.
    3. Finding the main idea: Stating what the passage is about.

    By mastering the skill of active reading, you’ll be able to not only find the most important information in a passage but also effectively answer the questions that follow. After all, you gain no points on the IELTS/TOEFL for simply reading the passage; you only get points for answering the questions ...