Teacher of Dutch and English. Master in Biology (Human Ethology and Neurobiology).
Courses of English and Dutch.
Consultant for international communication in English and Dutch.
Authoring and co-authoring of English and Dutch texts.
Focus on adequate communication, in view of capacities e needs of each learner.
Focus on adequate communication, here at EnfoS, means evaluating goals and needs of each learner and shape the course so that each pupil learns to communicate well and continues to improve communication capacities, within the context that is important for that person.
What is difficult differs from person to person. At EnfoS teaching style, method and techniques are adapted to the capacities and needs that each learner presents during the learning process.
For pupils with learning difficulties, the teacher uses everything he knows, can discover and develop, to bring this pupil to the highest performance possible.
Classes can be individual or in groups of up to six pupils. Bigger group sizes are avoided because experience has shown that bigger groups automatically break up into subgroups so the teacher needs to divide time and attention between those subgroups or spend time and energy on keeping everybody involved in one central activity.
One of the biggest problems of learning a new language is feeling insecure, being afraid to never be able to speak that language.
"I'll never be able to speak that language."
"I'll never learn that."
To overcome these problems several techniques are used at EnfoS. Learners become confident they can speak English or Dutch and start feeling they are capable of expressing themselves in that language.
Needing a text in English or Dutch, the option of writing it together with a specialist right away in that language might be much better than writing it in your own language and having it translated. Thus problems inherent to translating are avoided/minimised and all attention and energy can be focused on how to express what needs to be said / how to express the.. ones ... ideas / put things best in the target language.
The first CD by Commodities, After Sleeping, is an example of a music production where lyrics and pronunciation were improved with English language counselling service by Ton van Hattum. Commodities
There are several varieties of English. It is a good idea to think about which variety is best to learn.Full text (in Portuguese).
A good teaching philosophy values much more than any method or approach.
Although, in Brazil, courses called 'Inglês Instrumental' are considered equivalent to courses of 'English for Specific Purposes' I prefer to say I offer courses of 'English for Specific Purposes' because there are important differences.
In 'Inglês Instrumental' courses normally a glossary is provided with each text to be studied. Like that, rather than teaching learners to deal with difficulties, difficulties are removed. It is like practising riding a tricycle expecting to get prepared for riding a bicycle. However, the most difficult part, keeping balance on two wheels, is not practised.
Important in a course of English for Specific Purposes is, learning techniques and building capacity to deal with difficult vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, to prepare oneself for future challenges.
Reasons for developing teaching material at EnfoS.
Examples of developed teaching material.
Some irregular verbs change pronunciation different than what would be expected from the spelling.
This list of irregular verbs shows these changes with use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (API).
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Tenho aulas de inglês com Ton há mais de um ano. Seu grande diferencial como professor é entender as necessidades e dificuldades específicas de cada aluno e assim, desenvolver um trabalho individualizado. Com ele aprendo dicas e recursos valorosos, que estão melhorando meu inglês como nunca até agora.