Giles Parker

Dynamic English teacher and teacher-trainer
Male |Citta di Castello, Italy

Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Last active on: Dec 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM (EST)

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About Giles Parker

Hi! My name's Giles Parker. I'm a dynamic EFL and ESL classroom teacher, a CELTA-qualified teacher-trainer, and an academic manager - which is a bit like herding cats. I have 28 years teaching, training and managing experience in the UK, Asia, the USA, and now Italy, where I am based. I have published and presented research on ways teachers can improve ESL/EFL learning in a variety of forums. I developed an innovative teacher-training program for a large-scale client in the fast-food industry in the USA and led a development team to create revolutionary entrance exams at a major Japanese university during the 1990's. I was also repeatedly invited as a teacher-trainer for large-scale regional faculty development in Japan. I managed the expansion of a major (and to my mind still the best) online EFL teacher-training program in USA and guided the growth of CELTA training program there. I also managed and trained the great staff for a leading community college ESL lab - more cats!

In the EFL/ESL world it is important to have a couple of specialisms and I guess mine are focused on developing learner autonomy and learner-centered active learning strategies. I especially love the day-to-day teaching of academic composition and academic presentation for EFL and ESL students who usually have such low expectations at first but who are blown away when their writing dramatically improves, as it usually does. Another passion I have is for training and mentoring new EFL and ESL teachers. It is great to watch new teachers create better and better lessons for their students. Lastly, I really like representing the needs of ESL students to the wider community - there is a lot of misunderstanding out there. I hope this gives you a bit an insight into my background. Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to working with you in my courses.


Teaching Preferences

Online Teaching

One-on-One at $30-40 per hour

Group Teaching at $10-20 per hour

Offers free trial classes

Teaches following Subjects/Exams
English (Bachelor of Arts: English)
Language of Instruction: English
Teacher-training, grammar, reading, listening, comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation, CELTA, TEFL, TESOL, TESL, ESL, EFL, ESOL
English (Bachelor of Science: Education)
Language of Instruction: English
English Education, preparation, development, academic English, English academic purposes
Comparative culture (Bachelor of Arts: Anthropology)
Language of Instruction: English
Culture, cross-cultural studies, comparative culture
Teacher training (Languages)
Language of Instruction: English
CELTA, TEFL, Teaching English foreign language, Teaching English Second language, Teaching English speakers languages
Teaching Experience


Giles Parker English Academy, Italy

Aug 2010 - Present

English second or foreign language, English teacher-training

Assistant professor of ESL

Community College of Denver, Colorado, United States

Aug 2008 - Feb 2010

English second or foreign language



University of Read, United Kingdom

May 1993 - Sep 1994

CELTA Main-course Tutor
Academic director for Bridge-Linguatec
ESL Tutoring Lab Coordinator for Community College of Denver, USA
Assistant Professor, Nagasaki University Faculty of Education, Japan

Publications and Research
Development of a Teacher Training Program at Nagasaki University
Yoshiko Otsubo, Giles Parker

Teacher training is an ongoing concern for ELT professionals. They ask: How can universities engender the practical skills, knowledge and experience necessary for student and in-service teachers to be efficient teachers?
In answer, this book presents papers on the creation, evolution and results of the English teacher-training program at Nagasaki University, Japan, as developed by Professor Otsubo.

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