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Sylvia Guinan

Online English Language Teacher 

Summary

Sylvia Guinan is an Online English Teacher and Blogger.

She explores and shares creative strategies to help students and teachers around the world. She designs educational materials and runs teacher training courses. Her work is the result of much research into the psychology of learning, as well as hands-on experience with multi-media technology.

Education

Higher Diploma in Education

National University of Ireland
Sep 1992Jun 1993

Teacher training for secondary schools

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and History.

National University of Ireland Galway 
Sep 1989Jun 1992

Work experience

Online English Teacher.

Sylvia's English Online
Jan 2010Present

As an online English Teacher I specialise in exams preparation, business English, and fluency development at all levels . I do this through a creative multi-media approach that allows students to excel on multiple levels.

Have  prepared students all over the world for:

  • English examinations: Cambridge, Michigan, IELTS, TOEFL.
  • English or Academic Purposes.
  • Business English.
  • General English.
  • Travel & tourism.
  • Interviews.

Website Editor  

 IATEFL LTSIG
May 2015May 2018
  • Built, designed and maintained the website and blog for the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group.
  • Published guest articles written by LTSIG community members and the wider community of  teachers all over the world.
  • Promoted LTSIG conferences and webinars online.
  • Designed social media posters, announcements and videos for LTSIG events and scholarships.
  • Wrote conference reviews and follow-ups to events.
  • Worked on panels for awarding LTSIG scholarships to attend and speak at conferences.

Teacher Trainer

WiziQ
Sep 2014Jun 2015

  • Created, moderated and facilitated online Educational Technology MOOCS. ( Massive open online courses)
  • Published weekly blog on educational technology  - over 100 articles on the WiziQ platform.
  • Actively promoted best practice in educational tecnology across multiple social media channels.
  • Built, organised  and moderated free online professional development courses.
  • Taught teachers how  to set up their own online courses and blogs.
  • Supported teachers internationally in the use of educational technology.
  • Encouraged creative uses of technology for pedagogical purposes.
  • Inspired teachers all over the world to blog and teach online.
  • Raised awareness of freelance teaching opportunities online.

Professional Development facilitator 

Freelance
Apr 20122016
  • Organised, facilitated and presented at numerous online conferences on the subjects of educational technology, innovation, creativity, language learning and blogging.
  • Webinars included professional development courses on WiziQ, The Virtual Round Table, The Electronic Village Online, The Reform Symposium and EFL Talks.
  • Facilitated, organised and moderated Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) on WiziQ
  • Co-created The Build Your Teaching Business Online Course with Jason R.Levine.
  • Organised, facilitated and presented at Blog Festivals on WiziQ.
  • Promoted, blogged about and presented at The Reform Symposium e-Conference.
  • Moderated Shelly Terrell's EVO annual eperfect ebook writer's initiative.
  • Presented as Workshop Leader for the Digital Ireland ELT Conference 2015.
  • Plenary speaker  for Digital ELT Ireland in 2014.
  • Presented at TESOL Greece 2015 and TESOL Macedonia Thrace 2015.

Business English Online

Virtual Teacher's Agency
Mar 2012Jun 2014

Teaching socialising, presentations, meetings, negotiations, emailing to Japanese business clients.

Educational Blogger for WiZiQ

www.WizIQ.com
Jan 2013Oct 2015

 blog.wiziq.com/author/sylvia

Blogged about teaching English online, online learning, psychology of learning, brain-friendly tools, methods, resources, environments and communities.

Contributing Blogger at Fair Languages

Fair Languages
Jan 2012Sep 2014

Blogged about teaching online, creativity, education and edupreneuring. My column is called Brainfriendly insights.

Online English Teacher

WiziQ
Jan 2010May 2013

1) Ran group courses online for IELTS, Advanced English, and Film & news courses.

2) Held open online classes in  learning English through creative expression, poetry, stories and music.

ELT Writer

Kaplan International Colleges
Jul 2012Aug 2012

Contract as digital content developer and writer.

Exam specialist

Freelance English Language teacher.
Sep 2000Jun 2005

I specialised in running group exam classes, mostly for proficiency level with university students from 2000 to 2005.

English Language Teacher

English Language school Terzis
Sep 2000Jun 2001

Taught all levels for general English; specialising in speaking, writing, grammar, listening and exam preparation.

English Language teacher

The Emerald Cultural institute, Palmerston Park Rathgar
Jun 2000Sep 2000

Summer school

Taught international students at intermediate level. emphasis on communication, speaking, fun and fluency development.

Primary school teacher

Sep 1999Jun 2000

Taught first and second class students ( 6-7 year olds)

Experience with specific learning disabilities.

Academic editor/proof reader

Democritus University of Thrace
Oct 1996Jun 1998

Edited and proofread translated papers for PhD students and tutored University students on a one to one basis in the English language

Edited and proofread academic papers for university professors

ESL teacher

Terzis language school
Oct 1994Jun 1998

I taught all levels of students from beginners to proficiency and specuialised in exam preparation, grammar, listening, writing and speaking skills.

Skills

Teaching English online

As an online English Teacher I specialise in exams preparation, conversational and business English .

I do this through a focused, creative multi-media approach that allows students to excel on multiple levels.

The goal is never just the next exam or the next business meeting. The ultimate goal is personal and professional development for students and clients through setting challenges that develop strong linguistic and cognitive skills.

Teacher Training

I have organised, facilitated and presented at numerous online conferences on the subjects of educational technology, innovation, creativity, language learning and blogging.


award-winning blogger
  • Blogged about teaching English online, online learning, psychology of learning, brain-friendly tools, methods, resources, environments and communities.
  • Nominated for three blog awards and winner of  British Council Blog award in May 2013.
  • Guest blogger for the eLearning Industry, LearnOutLive, Fair Langauges, The British Council, Kaplan Blog, EFL magazine, amongst many others.
Web Editor

Built, designed and maintained the website and blog for the Learning Technologies SIG in association with the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

eLearning Design and Materials Development

Designed multi-media courses and content for freelance purposes, teacher-training courses and for Kaplan College.


Conference speaker & Webinar presenter

Organised, created, hosted and presented as guest speaker at numerous webinars, MOOCs and conferences.

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