Hello, my name is Andrew, and welcome to my IELTS and English website.
Well, I have seen and done a great deal in my career, so much it is hard to make this entry brief. I’ve worked in Taiwan on three separate occasions, and in that time I actually helped establish many IELTS preparation schools here in Taipei.
More specifically, I have over 25 years experience as an English teacher in five different countries, from Venezuela to Korea, but more importantly for you, I began teaching preparation for IELTS in 1994, and have been very much involved with IELTS since then, eventually making it my specialised field. For example, I spent five years teaching at Monash University Language Centre in Australia, where I was the IELTS ‘specialist’, and where I began writing my IELTS books.
As for my personal life, I married a Taiwanese woman (in Australia), and we have one child – a boy, who everyone insists is extremely cute. He must take after his mother, right? I am a keen chess player, and a hobby writer. Click here to see two pieces of my own creative literature: a travelogue called ‘A Saharan Jaunt’, and a novel called ‘Promise Me, Promise Me’ (and hey, you could buy them also!)
Here’s one final note. For the last ten years I have been creating and refining PowerPoint presentations as the basis of my teaching. These presentations have been designed to be visual, animated, interesting, and to maximise your learning, and I work continuously to improve them. These programs focus exactly on the task – that is, the IELTS test, whether that be listening, reading, writing (Task One and Two), speaking, and related grammars. To repeat, after nine years of development, these presentations are simply the best in the world, and they are only getting better.
Now, I work for 華龍文理補習班 (and I’m told that does not translate too well into English), where I provide IELTS Preparation Courses to small and selects groups of students, but I occasionally help some students with the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or English skills development.