Charles Harris

Charles H.

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Levels taught:
Intermediate, Advanced
I play multiple roles as a teacher-- mentor, conversation partner, advisor, coach, motivator, entertainer, and of course, instructor. My intermediate and advanced students think of me as smart, funny, and dedicated. Although I understand the importance of reading and listening and writing skills, I prefer to help students with speaking and writing. I use my expert knowledge of a second language (German) to help me understand the challenges my students face learning English. I have my own virtual classroom and I offer face-to-face video, whiteboard, text sharing, screen sharing, and my lessons can be recording for additional viewing.

About Charles H.

Although my profession and passion is language instruction, I have many other interests: basketball, politics, pop and jazz music, Asian and Italian cuisine, swimming, film, table tennis, screenwriting, and pop-culture in general. Most of my students are surprised to learn that I was the lead singer of a pop band called The Pleasure Bombs in my 20's. If I made a short list of people I admire, it would include: Steve Jobs, Pablo Picasso, Emily Dickinson, George Eastman, The Beatles, Madonna, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bruce Lee, J.R.R Tolkien, Meryl Streep, among others. I am Italian-American (Sicilian) and my favorite cities I have lived in so far are Berlin, San Francisco, and New York.

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Experience

ESL Instructor, Kindai University, Osaka Japan
Mar 2019 - Present

Berlitz Japan Inc.

Instructing Japanese university students and preparing them for study abroad experiences in the USA

Education

BA English/German double major
Sep 1985 - May 1989

University of Rochester

Languages

German

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CELTA
Aug 2013

Cambridge University

World wide recognized certification for professional ESL instruction

Awards

Fulbright Scholarship to Germany
Sep 1988

US government, Fulbright Commission

Affiliations

TESOL International Association
Jan 2019
TESOL International Association’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.
Phi Beta Kappa
Sep 1989
The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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