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Jonathan Waller's Teaching CV / Resume

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Read feedback from schools I have worked in. 2008-2010 (Kawagoe Hatsukari HS / Kawagoe Girls' HS / Toda JHS)


Date Of Birth: 18th August 1983
Web Site: Skype: jonwaller
Jonathan is a friendly, enthusiastic guy who likes teaching. He is well-organised and presentable, works well with others and has a bright, uncomplicated character.

Sep 2008 - Ongoing Heart Corporation - Assistant Language Teacher Dispatch Company
  ALT - Assistant Language Teacher
  Toda Junior High School, Toda, Saitama, Japan (戸田市立戸田中学校)
Kawagoe Girls' High School, Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan (川越女子高等学校)
Kawagoe Hatsukari High School, Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan (川越初雁高等学校)
Kawagoe West High School, Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan (川越西高等学校) - One-off lesson
Kawagoe Terao Junior High School, Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan (川越寺尾中高等学校) - One-off lesson
  • Planned and enthusiastically presented interesting and varied lessons on a variety of topics.
  • Assisted Japanese Teacher of English with class reading, marking and grammar questions.
  • Played a key role for English speech competitions, English clubs and English presentation study groups.
  • Added a "native-perspective" on otherwise dry topics, using extensive resources taken from my own country and life experiences.
  • Discovered how great teaching can be. Had a lot of fun and got on well with other staff.
July 2008 - Sep 2008 IHCWay, Tokyo, Japan
  1 to 1 Private English Lesson Teacher
  • Planned and taught lessons based on students weaknesses, and requested topics.
  • Marked homework and researched new resources to better fit students needs.
  • Taught, in English, beginner-level students to advanced students with extensive vocabulary and an american accent.
  • Taught pronunciation using exaggeration and drawings of tongue position. Much improvement.
  • Received unsolicited written feedback such as "Your explanations are useful and easy to understand", "You're the best teacher" and "I've really enjoyed studying with you"
Apr 2008 - Aug 2008 Tsuchiya Eye Clinic, Tsunashima, Japan (土屋眼科医院)
  Part Time - Receptionist and English Language Assistant
  • Performed reception duties and assisted the doctor during examinations.
  • Provided information in English to visiting English speaking patients.
  • Created English versions of much of the pre-existing information pamphlets and forms.
Nov 2007 - Mar 2008 Kurashi Gakkou, Okazaki, Japan (くらし学校)
  Part Time - 1 to 1 Private English Lesson Teacher
  • Planned and provided interesting lessons based around a student's requests.
  • Created class materials and tried a variety of teaching styles.
  • Used situations and role play to provide context and foster a more enjoyable learning atmosphere.
Jan 2006 - Sept 2007 PHWT, Clerkenwell, London
  .NET Developer
  • Created and maintained high-traffic content managed intranet and Internet sites for clients including George Wimpey, Laing Homes, Mazda, Jaguar and Land Rover.
July 2005 - Jan 2006 AceMarine Ltd, Fife, Scotland
  Freelance Developer
  • 3D simulation for novel hydrofoil design. Corresponded with customer by phone, e-mail and on-site visits.
Aug 2005 - Oct 2005 Freyer Recruitment, Kent
  Software Developer / Web Programmer
  • Worked on heuristic web-based CV-matching package for job applicants and recruitment consultants. Over 130,000 users.
July 2004 - Sept 2004 Elysium Ltd, East Sussex
  Student worker - Web page and application development
  • Corresponded with customers, by phone and over email to solve problems and queries.
July 2003 - Oct 2003 Childs Hall, Reading
  Residential Porter
  • Maintained polite professionalism, even with difficult residents and visitors. Continued to work effectively when under pressure.
  • Interacted with staff and students who did not have English as a first language.
  • Dealt with medical emergencies in a calm and efficient manner.

Oct 2007 - Mar 2008 The Yamasa Institute, Okazaki, Japan
  Advanced Intensive Japanese Programme
  • Followed a balanced course practising reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Took optional units to prepare for level 2 of the JLPT.
Oct 2006 i-to-i, Regent's Park, London
  TEFL Plus - 40 hour English teaching certificate
  • Included a 20 hour grammar study course and 20 hours of supervised teaching practice.
  • Learnt about various kind of lesson stucture, student-centred learning, and techniques to engage learners.
  • Taught individually and worked in groups to plan and provide lessons. One commended as a "model lesson".
  • Had a great time and met some wonderful people. Would like to teach more.
2004 - 2005 The University of Manchester
  MSc Advanced Computer Science with ICT Management
  • Final Project: Modular visualisation and analysis tool for tool for Atomic Force Microscopy.
  • Led group of five through intensive week-long development of eBay-style book trading web application. Discovered teamwork is more than dividing work, but can be a remarkable force if done right.
2001 - 2004 The University of Reading
  BSc Computer Science - 2.1 Achieved
  • Final Project: Multi platform OpenGL Online Collaborative Environment.
  • Developed teamwork and project management skills.
1994-2001 Beacon Community College, Crowborough
2001 A-Levels: Computer Science (A), Modular Physics (C), Maths (C), Further Maths-AS (C), General Studies (D)
1999 GCSEs: 11 Subjects (1 x A*, 2 x A, 3 x B, 3 x C)
(Inc. English, Maths and Science)

  • English - Native speaker. I have a clear British-English accent and a good command of English grammar and spelling. I enjoy explaining English usage through examples and activities, and I believe English study becomes more enjoyable when students can see the context of how a particular word or grammar point is used in the real world.
  • Japanese - Post-GCSE; enthusiastically working towards JLPT 2 (Business fluency). I passed JLPT 3 (Conversational) in 2006.
Key Skills:
ChildrenI interact well with children, and find them great fun to talk to. In the UK, I was a regular babysitter for a few families. At Reading University during the summer holidays, I worked as a student helper for a group of Italian study-abroad students aged between 14 and 16.
Japanese / English exchangeOver the university summer holidays, I ran a Japanese/English study group in Manchester where Japanese and English people exchanged languages by asking questions and playing games to improve proficiency.
While I was living in London, twice a week I took part in language exchanges with Japanese people. It was here I really learnt I like breaking down English, figuring out how it works and explaining it in an accessible way to people with English as a second language.
When talking, I have an awareness of my own word usage and speed and can adapt to be understood by English learners of various levels.
PhilosophyStrong belief in the competency and motives of all. I enjoy the challenge of explaining otherwise confusing topics, in a clear and complete way. I'm not offended if you tell me I'm wrong, I want to improve.


Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Society (SWAGA)
  • Elected Vice President 2002 / Elected Secretary 2003
  • Negotiated reduced membership rates for members to a large external Science Fiction society.
  • Gained strong experience of working in a team through communication and persuasion.
  • Contributed to marketing efforts, making SWAGA the 2nd largest Reading University society.
Gesture - Open Source Gesture Recognition Library
  • Managed a geographically diverse team of five with many areas of talent.
  • Focused the team members towards a common vision.
  • Managed quality control and deadlines in a tactful but effective way.

Skiing, Making Websites, Karaoke, Musicals, Cunning Technology.

Commercial, voluntary and academic references available on request