Tutors: Elizabeth Nicholls (Director), Peter Nicholls, Emily Simmenauer, Jo Ewart, Noshin Tabassum, Annette Brennan, Felicity Moore.
Are you looking for an English/EAL/Literacy tutor? We are available to help and support you!
Tutoring will suit children, adolescents and adults who:
Would like one-on-one or group tuition for their school English homework or assignments.
Struggle with competency or confidence in English and need tasks modified and to receive lots of support.
Excel in English and would like accelerated tasks to extend their learning.
Looking to apply for scholarships or select entry schools or accelerated learning programs.
Are new to Australia and would like to learn English, to help them with their studies (school or university), apply for Permanent Residency (preparation for English exam), seek employment, assist them in the workforce by improving their developing English.
Face-to-face Group Tutoring in EAL/ESL offered in nearby workplaces (Bayswater area only). Online is available Australia-wide.
English is a fantastic language to learn. Reading, writing and speaking regularly is very important in an individual’s learning.
Learning options available:
Mainstream School English Tutoring (Year Foundation to Year 12).
EAL/ESL English for Children, Adolescence and Adult English Tutoring (including students new to Australia), who need assistance in their English skills at TAFE, university (including LANTITE exams), in the workforce or with applying for PR: TOEFL, PTE, IELTS, LLN exam preparation), Business English.
Spelling, Grammar and Reading Comprehension Tuition including NAPLAN and LANTITE Literacy Exam Preparation, Entrance or Finishing Exams, Select Entry Schools, Scholarship Programs, University Assignment Support.
Writing Tuition including creative writing, essays, analytics, use of word publishing programs.
Oral Presentation Skills Tuition, including public speaking, conference presentation preparation.
Employment Coaching and Business Communication: resume writing and job interview coaching.
Our quick tips as you learn English:
- Read regularly. Texts can be in the form of a novel, encyclopaedia, newspaper, magazine. Reading exposes readers to a wide range of vocabulary and grammar and models excellent writing techniques. You also can learn alot about the world.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” (Dr Seuss)
2. Write regularly. Writing can be in the form of a journal, blog or creative writing (narratives, poetry). Writing allows you to practise writing skills learnt. It is also an invaluable opportunity to explore writing styles and express thoughts, opinions and ideas.
3. Speak regularly. Preparing for an upcoming oral presentation or speech in front of an audience can be daunting. Remember to practise regularly in front of family, friends, your mirror, your video camera. The more you practise, the more confident and more prepared and capable you will become! Get involved in activities in your life where public speaking occurs frequently or naturally. E.g. Join a debating team, lead a hobby group, share your reading or writing with others.
4. Listen regularly. Listen to audio books, TED Talks, educational YouTube clips, English apps, in particular, conversational apps.
5. Visit the library regularly. Libraries are fantastic resource hubs! You can read and borrow books etc. You can also join a library reading group. Libraries often run school holiday programs.
6. Play an English app. If you own an iPad or tablet, browse the Apple App. or Google Play Store. There are many educational apps. that can be used: grammar, spelling, conversation, etc. They are fun and educational, which are designed to support your learning of English.
Tutor: Emily Simmenauer
Emily Simmenauer (Final Year Student in a Double Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University) is an enthusiastic and professional English and Literacy tutor who has spent years as both a student and teacher of her chosen subjects. Emily can teach all age groups; Prep-Year 10 English and EAL, VCE English and Literature, LANTITE Literacy and Adult EAL.
Emily has experience in public and private schools as a pre-service teacher and volunteer for the Deakin University Alliance Program in schools across Victoria, providing her with diverse professional skills in English and Literacy in order to provide individualised tutoring sessions, personally tailored to your individual capabilities and learning style. These tutoring sessions are also in alignment with VCAA curriculum (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) and AITSL (Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership) teaching standards.
Emily herself has undertaken and passed the LANTITE test in 2019 and understands the pressure and nerves that are associated with concentrating on being successful in the LANTITE test alongside university study and teaching practicum. However, she believes her experience and professional knowledge will support students in both developing practical skills for undertaking the LANTITE, and also boost their confidence and resilience in being able to tackle any challenge that the test throws at them.
Emily has developed her passion for reading and writing since Primary school that has led her to majoring in Literary studies in her own university education, so whilst she is a tutor and teacher she believes that she is also a learner (Locke 2014) alongside and in collaboration with her students, and understands that in order to motivate learning you must have a positive rapport with your students (Bidwell & Waller cited in Pace 2003, p. 37).
Emily uses High Impact Teaching Strategies (HIT) from the Victorian Department of Education to inform and structure her tutoring sessions in order for students to access a wide range of activities that are both challenging and informative. Emily also frequently seeks feedback from students and their families in order to advise her own personal self-reflection on her professional pedagogies and praxis, so she can grow and adapt her teaching skills.
So, if you want effective and constructive feedback on homework, School Assessed Coursework (SACs), Exam preparation for VCE English and Literature, Common Assessment Tasks (CATs), and LANTITE for Pre-Service Teachers then Emily would love to be in contact to assist in coaching and tuition for you to be successful in your personal educational goals.
For any enquiries or more information please go to mastercoachingandtuition.com.au/contact or visit our Facebook page facebook.com/mcataustralia.
Department of Education and Training Victoria 2017, High impact teaching strategies: excellence in teaching and learning, DET, retrieved 26 August 2019, <https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/teachers/support/Expired/0000highimpactteachstrat-expired.pdf>.
Locke, T 2014, Developing writing teachers: practical ways for teacher-writers to transform their classroom practice, Routledge, retrieved 1 July 2018, ProQuest Ebook Central.
Pace, JL 2003, Managing the dilemmas of professional and bureaucratic authority in a high school English class’, Sociology of Education, vol. 76, pp. 37-52.
Tutor: Jo Ewart
Jo Ewart is an enthusiastic and experienced English Literacy tutor with a passion for teaching and learning. She completed her Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Deakin University in 2014, graduating with a high distinction average. Jo understands firsthand the pressures and expectations that university education can place on students. She has a deep desire to help students navigate these challenges and experience positive growth and success throughout their educational journeys.
Since graduating from university, Jo has been working as a primary school teacher at Huntingdale Bilingual Primary School. She is currently a Grade 1 English teacher in the school’s 5050 bilingual program. Her seven years of teaching experience in a bilingual setting has allowed Jo to work closely with EAL students, parents and colleagues. She understands the unique needs of EAL learners and is equipped with a range of strategies to support the individual learning needs of EAL students of all ages.
Jo is particularly passionate about literacy teaching. She has been a member of the Huntingdale Primary School Literacy Improvement Team for several years, as well as being the school’s MSL (Multisensory Structured Learning) leader since 2018. She is a practicing MSL Education Specialist and an Accredited Member of the Australian Dyslexia Association. Through her MSL studies, Jo has developed a deep understanding of how the English language is structured. This understanding, as well as Jo’s professional teaching experience, allows her to break down the English language in a way that is easy for students to understand. She is trained to spot ‘gaps’ in students’ phonics and language learning and to plan and deliver tailored literacy programs designed to address the individual learning needs of each student.
Jo aims to provide tailored tuition programs which cater for the differing learning styles of each student, while also applying her working knowledge of the Victorian Curriculum and AITSL teaching standards to ensure that the programs she delivers are in line with state and national teaching standards. She is open to feedback from students and parents and seeks to adjust her teaching programs and techniques to best suit each unique learner. If you require tuition in the areas of LANTITE Literacy, EAL or Primary School English, Jo would love to come alongside you and support you on your learning journey.
Tutor: Noshin Tabassum
Noshin Tabassum is an enthusiastic and reliable English as an Additional Language (EAL) and English teacher, with hands-on experience in teaching language tests, such as The International English Language Test (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A). Noshin is also trained and experienced in teaching EAL to adult eligible migrants, who are new to Australia and speak little English. Being a qualified secondary school teacher (Master of Teaching in Secondary Education from Monash University), Noshin is able to teach Year 7-10 English, EAL and LANTITE Literacy.
Noshin has had pre-service teaching experience in a range of private and public schools, as part of her teacher degree. In addition, as an after-school homework club tutor, she has helped middle and high school students with their school homework and test preparation, providing academic and emotional support, as well as building rapport with the students. Noshin is particularly passionate about teaching EAL and has completed a professional development course in understanding the needs of EAL Students in Secondary School classrooms.
Noshin has undertaken and passed the LANTITE test in 2017, on her first attempt. She is very well aware of what is expected to be successful with the LANTITE exam, alongside the university study pressure and teaching practicum. She understands that the expectation of passing the LANTITE test in the Initial Teaching Program (ITE) within the limited given attempts can be a nerve-wracking experience for pre-service teachers. Noshin believes that everyone enrolled in a teaching program has the ability to accomplish the desired requirement, with the appropriate support. This can be achieved through personalised study guidance, focusing on individual areas of improvement and strong determination. This is where, she believes, her expertise and personal experience can assist the learners by overcoming fear, developing mental strength to overcome challenges, and gaining perspective on areas of improvement to pass the test.
By working with learners from diverse age groups and socio-cultural backgrounds, Noshin approaches teaching with a focus on the Growth Mindset. She truly believes that students face challenges differently than others and as opposed to a ‘Fixed Mindset’, students’ skills and proficiency can be cultivated through appropriate guidance, efforts and perseverance. From the same viewpoint, apart from being a teacher, Noshin considers herself a ‘lifelong learner’ as she practises a deliberate and voluntary act of pursuing knowledge for personal and professional development. As for teaching methods, she incorporates ‘Instructional Scaffolding’ and Evidence-based teaching strategies, adhering to Victorian Curriculum and AITSL teaching standards, to improve student performance. Additionally, she values feedback and seeks it from learners and/or their carers when and where applicable, for self-reflection and improvising teaching strategies, to better suit the students’ needs.
Annette Brennan is a qualified secondary school teacher who has specialised in teaching English as a second language (ESL, EAL). She has been teaching English and Literacy for 20 years. Annette has worked in high schools and private RTO’s, teaching EAL, ELICOS and TAFE, teaching English foundation skills and EAL in Australia for vocational study.
Annette has also worked in universities, both in Australia and in China, teaching Academic English skills, preparing students for further study who are undergraduates and post graduate students. Annette has also worked overseas in Indonesia and China. She is familiar with teaching in a setting where students are learning English as a second language.
Annette has taught refugees, newly arrived migrants, mainstream and English as a second language (EAL) to school students, as well as at an advanced level IELTS and academic skills. Annette is experienced in private one-on-one tutoring online, as well as face-to-face and has worked with small and large groups of students online and face-to-face to face.
Annette finds teaching Literacy and the skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening very rewarding, as students improve their English language skills within class activities, as well as through homework, based on class tasks.
Annette feels confident that she can teach students effective ways of studying English, EAL, IELTS and LANTITE Literacy to achieve their goals.
Felicity Moore is a passionate and enthusiastic tutor of literacy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (The University of Melbourne) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) (LaTrobe University), as well as a Certificate IV in Library and Information Services (Chisholm Institute). Felicity spent ten years working in a Melbourne secondary college where she taught a range of English and Humanities subjects, with a particular focus on supporting students with low literacy skills. During her time teaching she mentored numerous pre-service teachers during their placements and places a high importance on encouraging and guiding those entering the teaching profession. She also supported teachers in other discipline areas in applying literacy techniques in the classroom.
Both as a teacher and as a tutor, Felicity endeavors to personalise learning for her students. She understands that not everybody learns in the same way and takes into account each student’s individual abilities, experiences, goals and interests. She has worked with students of a wide range of cultural backgrounds and special learning needs.
In her spare time Felicity loves to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. She enjoys eating Vietnamese food, painting and spending time with her family.
Felicity is able to support a wide range of students seeking to improve their literacy skills, so whether you are preparing for the LANTITE exam, a school-aged student needing literacy tuition, a university student needing help or an EAL speaker wanting a conversation partner, Felicity would love to meet you!