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Martyn Green -- CV (Essay format)

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 & Technology.

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 teacher!"

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.



British -- born in London, England, but a Hong Kong Permanent Resident

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 20+ years. 

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 production. 

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 morning broadcasts. 

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!"


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 countries. 

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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