I am a full-time
professional, "Cert. TESOL"-qualified English teacher, who has
taught both privately, and in several of Hong Kong's primary and
secondary schools, and also at HK's University of Science &
I have over 20 years experience teaching in the U.K., the U.S., and
several countries of Asia -- e.g. Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Thailand,
Vietnam, Singapore, etc.
It made sense then, when I made a trip to England in 1999, to take a
course that would give me the professional qualification that would
prove the ability I had gained over the years. So I enrolled in an
intensive TESOL Certificate course run by Windsor Schools (close to
Britain's famous Windsor Castle) in October 1999.
There, several students, and teachers, quite unsolicited, noted (to
me, or to other teachers) that I was "a good teacher". Indeed, if
unsolicited feedback is anything to go by, I did quite well --
because one trainer made an effort to seek me out after a class, to
inform me that several students had commented that the class had
been very interesting, and they had learned a lot!
Not only was there feedback from students leaving one of my classes,
but a Czech student I had centred on as part of my training, told me
that, when she had to leave my class early, one of her
fellow-students urged, "Don't leave now -- we have a really good
Following my training, I was offered a teaching position in a large
boarding school near my home in England -- Bearwood College. Here
for a period of several weeks, I taught English to students from
Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Back in Hong Kong, one of the special short-term courses I have
conducted is for those interested in increasing their
self-confidence, as well as improving their ability with English.
This was very successful when offered to a group of school-leavers
in the New Territories. I have also taught a three-month course of
English to employees of one of the biggest insurance companies in
Hong Kong -- AIA. (I have several letters of recommendation from
various students of mine, copies of which can be viewed elsewhere on
this website, or emailed out as JPG image files.)
Following completion of the second course at HKUST's College of
Lifelong Learning, I was "head-hunted" to teach on special contract
at Canadian Qiao Yuan English School school in KAIPING, China --
with students aged from 6 years up to adults, with remuneration that
was surprisingly high, for China.
In addition to teaching, I am a much-published magazine feature
WRITER, with columns in various magazines, and I am currently
writing for an on-line "e-zine", AnalogZone. I have also been a
magazine photographer for many local and international magazines, a
video producer/cameraman for the BBC, and a radio
producer/broadcaster for Hong Kong's RTHK, and Taiwan's ICRT.
Below is my CV in more detail.
RESUME -- MARTYN K. E. GREEN
British -- born in London, England, but a Hong Kong Permanent
B.A. degree (California State University)
Unfinished master's degree -- Columbia University, New York City
Cert. TESOL (Windsor Schools, Windsor, U.K.)
I have taught English, in public, private and boarding schools, and
in one-to-one tutorials, in many different countries over the past
Not only teaching, but also writing: When I was just 19, in ENGLAND,
I was assisting the editor of a local magazine with re-writing
less-than-perfect English -- from native English speakers! Then,
when employed at the BBC, and in the British feature film industry,
I started writing about the exciting world of film and TV
During the VIETNAM War -- where I worked initially as a freelance
photographer/war correspondent for the AP and UPI news agencies,
before becoming a cameraman for NBC News -- in between getting news
stories out in the field, I began teaching English to large classes
of students in Saigon.
While a student at CALIFORNIA State University, Fresno (where I
obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology -- graduating
with "High Honour") I co-taught a course in film production at the
university. With this, I drew upon my experience working for TV
news organisations like the BBC, and in feature films in Britain
during the years before I left England to begin my travels around
the world (to a total of 76 countries).
Going on to study in Columbia University in New York City, just two
months before I was due to complete my Master's degree, I was called
to serve as a United Nations Volunteer (Media Specialist) in Tehran,
IRAN. Whilst there, I also taught English in an evening institute.
Arriving in Bangkok, I taught English to classes of teenage girls,
as well as college students and adults. Not only English, in fact
-- I was using English to have the classes discuss such things as
geography, history, social science, philosophy and psychology.
When I first arrived in HONG KONG in the mid-70's, I immediately
started teaching English. Soon after, I began working for Radio TV
Hong Kong (RTHK), as a radio interviewer and reporter for several
current affairs programmes, interviewing many interesting
personalities, and editing the recorded tapes myself. I went on to
become a news sub-editor at Commercial Radio, re-writing all the
incoming wire service news reports and reading the news in the early
Then, after an 18-month period working as an editor on an
electronics magazine, correcting the sometimes poor English of
reporters from around Asia, I became a freelance
writer-photographer, cameraman and soundman. I also taught a class
in film production, at Hong Kong's Baptist University.
Moving to TAIWAN for five years, in Taipei I spent the first two
months studying Mandarin, before becoming the editor of an
electronics magazine -- generating many of the stories, and even
writing some of the ads. Later, apart from working as a freelance
writer-photographer, and cameraman-producer for Britain's WTN (now
APTN) news service, I gave private tuition in English, and taught
classes of students in a Taipei "cram" school. I also conducted
classes in a major hotel. And I taught film and video production to
a class drawn from Taiwan local government film units.
Also in Taiwan, I had my own half-hour English-language radio
interview programme on ICRT, "Town & Around" -- which I researched,
interviewed, edited, scripted, mixed and presented, entirely
myself. Later, I became the Taiwan Correspondent for London's Daily
Telegraph national newspaper.
Moving on to work in SINGAPORE for five years, I taught English to
Japanese businessmen, to their wives, or to their children, in
one-to-one tutorials, while also working as a correspondent for
various local, regional and international magazines, and shooting
video news stories for the BBC's World Service TV.
Returning to HONG KONG again in 1996, while continuing to write
occasionally for a number of international publications (mainly
about computers, broadcasting and technology-related subjects) I
have been teaching English in local schools and privately to
students whose ages range from five to 55. My teaching techniques,
having been refined over more than 20 years, include
confidence-building exercises, exercises to encourage students to
observe, analyse and think, and which stress six main aids to
learning. The training has led to rapid increases in confidence in
even the most diffident of students, and several have commented as
they left my classes, "You are a good teacher!"
MAIN HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
My hobbies include writing, computers, reading, broadcasting,
filming, photography, travel, current affairs, psychology,
sociology, anthropology, listening to music, movie-going, meeting
people, walking in the countryside.
As an independent writer, I have travelled a lot, and have been
published in at least eight different languages -- English, French,
German, Polish, Greek, Estonian, Malay, and Chinese. My articles
have appeared in publications on the China mainland, Hong Kong,
Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei,
Australia, America, Britain, France, Germany, Finland -- and other
I am therefore perhaps uniquely qualified to teach English, as a
professional who has made his living from writing in it, and
teaching it, for more than 20 years.
As can be seen, over the years my ability with words, both written,
for magazines, and spoken, on the radio, has served me well -- not
just as a feature writer and radio programme producer, but also as a
teacher of English.
Moreover, I have a very wide range of experience, and interests,
particularly travel and other cultures. I have travelled in no less
than 76 countries, including Western and Eastern Europe, the former
Soviet Union, the Middle East, Central America, Australia, South and
Southeast Asia, and China. I have worked in ten of them -- apart
from the U.K., Germany, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia,
Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and the U.S.
Having worked many times on special projects -- my biggest
(six-months) project was to take the world's first portable
computer, and 100 kgs of high-tech equipment, to the summit of the
highest mountain in Southeast Asia, East Malaysia's 4,101 metre Mt
Kinabalu, in 1989 (see clipping) -- I am possibly better equipped
than most to take on virtually any new challenge.
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