Hi! I'm Theo. I'm a thirty-one-year-old Irishman living in Paris. I have four years of teaching experience. I have taught English (including in a Montessori classroom), philosophy, Sanskrit, and guitar. I have a first-class honors Master's in philosophy from St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and a first-class honors undergraduate degree in philosophy from Trinity College Dublin. I specialized in Buddhist philosophy at Oxford, where I learned Sanskrit to a high level of proficiency. I have also studied linguistics, writing papers at the philosophy/linguistics intersection. In short, I love and am interested in all things language!
My love for teaching began long ago and hasn't diminished. My first step is always to define the student's goals so that we can ensure the smoothest possible progress. My philosophy has always been to teach with patience, kindness, and encouragement. I look forward to hearing from you!
The easiest way, in short, is to learn with a native speaker! Or course, speaking always works best when the student practices in between lessons. That's why I consider it part of my job as a teacher to make sure the student knows exactly what to work on between lessons so that they can progress, and foster the enthusiasm required for effective language learning.
The short answer is that it depends! It depends on your goals, your starting level, how much you practice, how confident you are, and many other things.
I believe that when a student practices every day, excellent progress can be made within a couple of months.
Cambridge International suggests that it takes about 150-200 hours to get from one level to the next (A1-A2, B1-B2, etc.). However, when the learner's objective is specific (ordering food in a restaurant or writing an academic paper, for example), it is possible to make progress more quickly.
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