Advanced and upper intermediate classes can, as their names suggest, prove to be too advanced for certain students, especially when they don’t have the right teacher. Having the right teach can make all the difference for someone learning a language, a teacher who can explain something in perhaps a simpler way, a teacher who doesn’t need to rely on slideshows and board work to teach their class. To put it bluntly, to teach advanced English you need an advanced English teacher, and in this case, Dave Belcher is your man.
Being one of the owners, operators, founders and English teachers at the school can put a lot of extra work on his plate, but he still finds the time to put all the bureaucracy to one side and turn his attention to his students. Dave teaches 2 classes, advanced English and upper intermediate English, using in both the ‘Cutting Edge’ textbook series for the more theoretical side of his classes. But Dave is what you could call a bit of a maverick when it comes to teaching, and tries to keep away from the more ‘traditional’ side of the classroom. Instead, Dave likes to make his classes interactive, and when he’s not using CDs for the listening side of the classes, Dave likes to stuck into his classes, and engages everyone in a group discussion, working on their English in a slightly more radical way.
In Dave’s on words, when in class he likes to ‘use humour to break down the cultural barriers’, as he aims to create a relaxed class atmosphere, get to know his students on a personal level and help his students to learn in a more natural way. Dave believes, strongly, that learning a language isn’t just about speaking to someone, it’s about communicating, and you need to be confident enough to remove the pre-existing cultural stereotypes in your head, and learn, through language, that people are people no matter where they were born.
As his students are already proficient when speaking English, he tends to leave the board out until it gets complicated (and English most definitely gets complicated), only then resorting to the board to show different grammar rules, in their full, glorious forms.
In short, Dave Belcher is a English teacher not to be reckoned with, holding years of experience under his belt, Dave knows what he’s doing and isn’t afraid to break outside the box to give his students a better understand and grasp of the wonderful language the world (mainly the English speakers) calls English.