• Los Angeles, CA

Matthew Newton

Private tutor and editor

Objective

To obtain meaningful employment where I can use my skills, knowledge, and experience to achieve efficiency, accuracy, and obtain a positive result. My two years of teaching experience has enhanced my communication and interpersonal skills, while my time spent as the backbone of two small businesses taught me the benefits of efficiency, especially in the office environment. I have been studying Russian for over five years now, having become fascinated with it in university. I enjoy working alongside the Russian people and love to continue learning and reading whenever I get the chance. Occasionally, I will support university students with editing their dissertations and theses. 

Work History

Work History

EFL Teacher

Aug 2014 - Sep 2015
Windsor English Language Center
  • Planning and facilitating student-centered lessons using the lexical appoach – in which vocabulary and pronunciation are viewed as the key factors in a student’s linguistic development
  • Adapting lessons to meet the needs of students by noticing recurrent errors with grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation
  • Creating a consistent schedule of studying and testing – to ensure students remember what is learned
  • Continuing research and employment of modern teaching techniques to use in the EFL classroom
  • Organizing role-play situations in which students must adapt to real-world situations (i.e. in the airport, at the shop, problem-solving)
  • Preparing students for IELTS examination by helping them write strong, thesis-led essays in English
  • Assisting peers by providing lesson-planning advice and maintaining an organized schedule

EFL Teacher-Intern

Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
Language Link Russia
  • Participated in Language Link Russia’s Teacher-Intern program, where I received an intensive 4-week teacher training session in August, and continued to receive academic support and attended workshops to further educate me on teaching methodologies
  • Using the communicative approach, in which students are encouraged to speak to each other in their target language, rather than simply listening to the teacher talk
  • Making use of classroom management techniques to teach lessons, ensure order, and to limit negative behavior
  • Led fluency-based classes rather than accuracy, where I used a variety of error-correcting techniques
  • Confident in teaching children (ages 5-8), pre-teens (ages 10-12), teenagers, adults, business English, and exam preparation for PET, FCE, TOEFL, and IELTS
  • Received a globally recognized TEFL certificate from the company at the end of June

Project Manager

Aug 2010 - Jul 2011
GoodTherapy.org - Olympia, WA
  • Draft and edit project plans for overseas programmers, and communicate company interests along the way
  • Develop a plan to coordinate website construction between client, programmers, and team
  • Ensure site reaches completion, acting as a central liaison for all parties
  • Run thorough quality assurance tests on site projects before release
  • Assist customer service department in quality assurance and delivering membership services in spite of technical problems

Social Media Researcher

Oct 2007 - Sep 2009
Rocket XL Entertainment - Los Angeles, CA
  • Survey online landscape to gauge up-to-date discussions and sentiments on client products and their competitors
  • Assist with management of official brand social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Build campaign roadmap and monitor the progression toward each milestone
  • Create robust social media landscape analysis, mid, and final campaign reports using MS Excel and Powerpoint
  • Built and managed blogger outreach list and constructed TJ Maxx final report
  • Support administrative assistant in preparing expense reports, invoices, and routing phone calls

Education

Education

Bachelor of Arts

2009 - 2012
The Evergreen State College - Olympia, WA
  • Emphasis in Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • Backing in teaching methodology, English, and social sciences

Skills

  • Upper-intermediate level of Russian in speaking, writing, and reading
  • Highly skilled with MS Word, Office, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook, Excel, and Mac OSX
  • Adept with Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom CS3, HTML, Blogger, and Wordpress
  • Able to train and take time to show new things to people willing to learn
  • Interests in digital media, social networking, history, literature, writing, hiking & backpacking, learning Spanish and Esperanto, and music