Join us for a special episode with guest, Theo Joubert.
In this episode of Mentorships in Education, we welcome Theo Joubert, an English language teacher devoted to helping kids learn. Mentorships in Education is brought to you by Just Education, LLC and is hosted by Judith Epstein. Judith has a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Language Acquisition. She is certified in special education with post-graduate coursework and professional development in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Social Thinking, and Collaborative & Proactive Solutions and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT). Judith created Just Education, LLC to compile a free resource library for mentors of students who struggle on a wide variety of topics that are all related to education and student success.
About Theo Joubert
I decided to spend my life helping kids in 1990. Teaching seemed a suitable profession. After graduation, I trained teachers upgrading their qualifications and taught senior high physics. after that, I taught grade 5 to grade 7 in South Africa until the end of 2002.
In 2003, I began teaching English in Taiwan. Once I had some experience, I began developing my own teaching system and books. Today I have my own school and teach our students using my system and materials. We've been able to create an environment for kids to enjoy learning and for people who care about kids to learn how to teach.
Teaching English in Taiwan is a fantastic experience. We get to teach the same students twice a week for multiple years in a row. Over time, we get to know our students and their families. Most of our students join us after kindergarten and leave when they set off for university. Our students are absolute beginners when they join our school. Once they complete our formal system, they join our reading program, where we guide them to read English novels. Reading novels is a great way to have massive comprehensible input. We have a structured system for teaching challenging words and phrases in the novels and helping kids practice their listening and speaking skills. Reading each novel aloud with a native English speaker helps students improve their pronunciation and fluency.
At present, I am working on improving our system for beginners to make learning English easier and more fun. This includes a more efficient learning path for mastering the English alphabet, internalizing the letter sounds and an introduction to Phonics that is easy to learn and easy to teach.
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