Ho Chi Minh CITY

Hello! My name is Erica. I am a native English speaker from the USA. I was born in southern California (I love the beach and mountains), but I have lived all over the United States. Before I moved to Vietnam I was a university librarian. I love books!

I have experience with teaching young learners (ages 4 -17), as well as adult learners. I am an energetic and patient teacher. I love to have fun while teaching English. What I like most about teaching is helping the student to achieve their goal. Of the 4 learning skills I like to focus on speaking and listening. My goal is to you improve your pronunciation so that you sound more like a native speaker.

Whether you are planning to take the IELTS, prepping for an interview, or just want to learn for fun, I like creating an easy-going and comfortable learning environment. I am excited to be your new tutor!


I am a registered Cambridge Assessment Speaking Examiner. I conduct tests for the Starters, Movers, and Flyers levels. I have also worked for ILA Vietnam since 2017. I help new teachers with their lesson planning. I also level test potential ILA students. I worked for the online ESL company VIPKID before moving to Vietnam.


EDUCATION 2014 Master of Library and Information Studies UNC- Greensboro: Greensboro, NC USA Focus: Emerging Digital Technologies and Data Services 2012 Bachelor of Arts UNC- Charlotte: Charlotte, NC USA Major: Anthropology (cum laude) and Japanese Chancellor’s List (4.0 GPA) : Fall 2008-Fall 2009, Spring 2011 Dean’s List: Fall 2011 2011 Study Abroad Program Oita University: Oita City, Japan Assisted professor with a pop cultural comparative case study on female author fanfiction English tutor for native Japanese speaking classmates CERTIFICATIONS TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) Certification August 2016 150 hours of coursework 30 hours of Teaching English to Young Learners and Business Professionals 20 hours of practicum CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) December 2018 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2019-present Cambridge Speaking Examiner Vietnam- Ho Chi Minh City Contracted through Cambridge Assessment English to conduct speaking exams for the following levels: Starters, Movers, and Flyers. Conducting tests and assessing scores of applicants according to Cambridge English guidelines 2017-present ESL Teacher ILA Vietnam- Binh Duong Teacher mentor Helping new teachers to become familiar with ILA online/ physical resources Teachers observe my classes to become familiar with ILA teaching expectations Co-planning with teachers to help them create lesson plans that follow Cambridge English and ILA standards Helping teachers to create lessons that cover relevant stages for lesson type while also creating a fun lesson that focuses on the communicative approach Teaching English in the classroom according to the ILA curriculum which includes project-based learning Conducting Cambridge practice tests: speaking writing, reading, listening Acting as a level tester to assure proper placement of new or returning students Acted as the ILA Community Outreach Coordinator (March 2018 to September 2018) which included : Organizing free English lessons at local women and children's shelter Organizing pub trivia night with proceeds going to the local women and children’s shelter 2016-2017 Online ESL Teacher VIPKID: Remote Teaching 1-on-1 online full immersion English language and content classes through VIPKID online classroom Teaching American curriculum, based on the Common Core State Standards Using TPR (total physical response) methods to highly engage lessons Following VIPKID guidelines to assess the accuracy of new student placement by computer test results 2015-2016 Emerging Technologies Librarian Gulf Coast State College: Panama City, FL Responsibilities Adjunct-faculty (Spring 2016). Taught an accredited course on information literacy entitled Introduction to Internet Research (LIS2004) Designed and implemented web user interface according to industry standard best practices Provided Quality Assurance from extensive usability testing to validate the library website Content management system administrator of Springshare products (LibCal, LibGuides, LibAnalytics, LibWizard) Basic HTML/HTML5 and CSS Spearheaded ADA compliance across updated website and content management system Information literacy instruction using library research databases (e.g. EBSCOhost and Gale) Technical instruction for library resource users (e.g. students, staff, and faculty) Researched emerging technology trends for library resource roadmap Maintained website according to departmental needs and requests Provided library resource users with research assistance AWARDS & HONORS ALA (American Library Association) Emerging Leader, 2014 EBSCO ALA Annual Conference Sponsorship, 2014 Omicron Delta Kappa, 2012 Pinnacle Honor Society, 2011 Lambda Alpha (Anthropology Honor Society), 2010 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, 2009 UNCC Japanese Speech Contest Fall 2009, 1st place and Spring 2008, 1st place Duke University Japanese Speech Contest Spring 2008, 3rd place UNCC Gray’s Scholarship, 2008

Teaching Style

I like to have fun when teaching. The main goal of my lesson is to get the student to talk as much as possible. We will talk about topic that you find interesting. In my lessons we will do a lot of free talk, with error correction following. I focus on correct pronunciation to help my students sound more like native speakers. I also like to use real world examples in my lessons such as news articles, travel brochures, college websites, or menus. I believe that practicing with these items will better help you to go to an interview or IELTS exam with confidence. I'm excited to be your new tutor!
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