Hi, I'm Nick Vance.
Nice to meet you!
I'd like to share a little bit about me and how I started teaching English. I'm originally from Kentucky, one of the smaller states in the US. After 18 years of living there, I moved to North Carolina to start university. Following graduation, I moved away and lived in a few different places in the US: Washington DC, California, and Oregon. 5 years ago I moved to Berlin, Germany. I think I found the perfect city for me.
Luckily, no matter where I live, I can follow my passion for teaching. Why? Because of the internet!
I teach one-on-one lessons via Skype to people who want to feel more comfortable speaking English. Being able to teach online is super practical for me (I can wear my pajamas while I'm working) and for my students (they can wear whatever they want, too!). It's awesome to be able to talk to people from all over the world. One hour I'm helping a Brazilian woman overcome her fears of speaking by talking about her childhood, the next hour I'm helping a Chinese businesswoman feel more comfortable with her accent, and the next I'm talking with a German man who wants to be able to better express his opinions when talking to his international friends. I feel quite lucky to do what I do.
If you are interested in experiencing a Skype lesson yourself, you can sign up for a free trial lesson with me. Just send me an email ( NickMVance@gmail.com ) or click here. You will be able to practice your English, get feedback, and learn more about taking one-on-one lessons with me.
My teaching philosophy
The most important things when learning English (or anything) are having fun and feeling comfortable. My lessons are a safe environment where you can take chances and focus on improving. That's a lot better than worrying about making mistakes.
It's never too late to learn a new language or improve an existing one. At the age of 26 I couldn’t say more than a few sentences in German, and now I’m fluent. And as a teacher, I’ve seen countless adult students make the same leap. Join them!
I like to focus on what's really important - the grammar and vocabulary that you will actually use. You don't need to learn every tense and conjugation, just the most common ones. It's all about being able to communicate what you want to communicate.