Having been an ESL teacher for nearly a decade, Ramona Maharaj City of Hamilton has gained experience teaching individuals of several different age groups. While teaching in Asia, she taught levels k-12 as she made a four-year tour around China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. And in South and Central America, she went into higher education; and taught at universities in Argentina, Chile and Mexico. She was also a tutor in Peru and an elementary school teacher in Brazil. Now, she lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; where she teaches ESL to adults in a private school.
With all of this experience, Ramona has gained an understanding of how to work with multiple age groups; and has a long list of tricks that help her speak to their learning styles. Adults have much more going on in their personal lives; they are more concerned with their finances, relationships and other such issues that they often need a teaching relationship that is less-controlled by rigorous times and schedules and more focused on simply doing the work and progressing. And while younger people may not have as many personal obligations, their levels of energy can wear you down at times. You also have to deal with more exposure to illness, as children tend to contract them and bring them to school more. But at the end of the day, both groups are fun to teach and it is always rewarding to see a student succeed, no matter what.