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Name
Alan Johnson
Teaches
English - Conversational English
English - General English
English - Intermediate
Languages - Spanish
Certifications
TEFL, Master's
Teacher Experience
14 years
Rates from
£15.00
Timezone
(UTC+01:00) Europe, Madrid
About Me

I am originally from England, but I have lived in Seville, Spain for 4 years. I have travelled around much of the world, particularly Latin America and Europe, as well as parts of Asia and Africa. I have been teaching online for around 10 years and I have learnt a lot of things from my students in that time. In particular, I am interested in offering students basic cultural knowledge and understanding, so that they may understand the references and tone of a conversation between native speakers. I also believe that in an increasingly integrated world, in which politics, music, sport and culture all happen on a global level, students should feel able to participate in those conversations. A typical class with me will feature discussion of football, UK music, global politics, or more general cultural topics. I believe that standard language textbooks are boring and the topics are uninteresting! Expect me to embed interesting cultural topics in our classes, followed by extensive feedback and targeted correction, skills I have developed over 14 years of training language students. I am also keen on the art of error correction - when to correct and when not to correct. 

My Lessons

Book

Conversation

60 minutes

£18.00

What do you want to talk about? We can have a free conversation about any topic you like. I will listen as you talk and take notes before giving you extended error correction, focused on issues that prevent communication and expanding your vocabulary.

Goal! Learn football English with Alan

60 minutes

£20.00

Are you football-mad? Do you follow Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and all the rest? Do you want to learn the vocabulary to understand English football commentary on TV and the debate around it? Then this is the course for you! Beginner students (A1-A2) will learn the important words to talk about themselves and their love of football, such as present simple to introduce themselves, present continuous to talk about their actions when playing the beautiful game, past simple to talk about important events in their lives and football history, positions on the pitch, likes and dislikes to talk about their opinions, and future plans. Higher levels (B1+) will watch match highlights and discuss the hot topics of the day in both the mainstream media and social media. We will discover and analyse the rich tapestry of football idioms and expressions, and put the beautiful game into historical perspective of more than 150 years of English football.

A brief history of British music

60 minutes

£20.00

Join me on a musical adventure! We will listen to, and discuss, Rolling Stones, through Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols and Oasis, but we will also go much deeper into British music, uncovering hidden gems and secrets. We will also move onto more contemporary music and a snapshot of the UK nowadays. Learn about British rock 'n' roll, punk, heavy metal - but not only! British music also has its own styles of reggae, hip hop and electronic music, which can teach us a lot about the current state of the nation. Music is also an insight into the culture of the time, so fashions, society and even politics will be included in our conversations. We will listen to personally curated and tailored playlists, study lyrics and consider what this meant for UK culture at the time and now. Expect to learn vocabulary for describing likes and likes (going beyond "I like" and "I don't like"), different adjectives for songs (more than "good" and "bad"), as well as practising conditionals ("if I go, there will be trouble"), and a variety of verb tenses that come up while listening to music ("I used to listen to music like this", "I have never heard anything like this before").

Aprende el español escuchando la música

60 minutes

£15.00

¿Te gusta la música? ¿Te interesaría aprender un idioma mientras escuchas canciones populares y cultas del mundo hispanohablante? ¡Entonces eso es el curso para tí! Acompáñame en un viaje musical y personal por los muchos y variados géneros de música latinoamericana. Escucharemos cumbias del Perú, salsa de Puerto Rico, rap de Cuba, música folclórica de las comunidades afrocolombianas, rock de México, punk LGBT de la diáspora en los Estados Unidos... ¡y mucho más allá de eso! En las clases estudiaremos las letras, miraremos vídeos y hablaremos de los contextos detrás de las canciones mientras las escuchamos.

Dos cervezas, por favor: Spanish for travel

60 minutes

£15.00

Are you planning to travel in Spain or Latin America? Do you want to be able to order a meal, get a drink, handle a taxi driver, an AirBnB host? Perhaps you'd like to be able to communicate with friendly people you meet. Then help is at hand: sign up today!

English for a specific goal

60 minutes

£24.00

Are you preparing for an exam? Do you need to work on your writing? Perhaps you have a job interview coming up? This is for learners who need to improve their English for a specific purpose, and require a course programme and detailed, collaborative planning.