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Hallo Teacher Spotlight: Amelie | Tasting Culture

Blast from the Past

Amelie can attest to the benefits of participating in a mass virtual crowd. Especially during a time of uncertainty and social distancing, Amelie exemplifies impactful online teaching. 

A little background on Amelie: as you hop on to her live streams, you will quickly notice her catchy southern accent. She was raised in and recently moved back to the state of Tennessee in the U.S. with her husband and two daughters.

She is a lover of music with a particular interest in indie and alternative rock. Also, If you were to walk into her dream house, you would be surrounded by mid-century (1950s-60s) atomic decor, which is basically a vibrant interior blend of Whoville and Hairspray the musical. It’s amazing! Along with that, you might watch classic TV sitcoms like The Dick Van Dyke Show or The Addams Family.

English Teacher Hallo Amelie

Her family and students provide opportunities for Amelie to live a life of healthy fun, cherished love, and continual service. Due to her daughter having autism, Amelie is passionate about advocating for special needs, and she finds many other ways to serve.

Tasting Culture

Amelie is a highly fitting resident of the Volunteer State (nickname for Tennessee). She currently works for various schools as an online ESL teacher and an exchange student coordinator. These positions can be largely attributed to experiences in her youth. 

Amelie learned to appreciate Asian cultures at a young age. Regarding exchange students, Amelie recounts, “My mother studied Japanese language and culture, and our family hosted a Japanese exchange student when I was in high school.” 

This event cultivated her interest in foreign customs, languages, music, food, and traditions. While in high school, she worked at a family-owned Egyptian restaurant and was touched by the family’s generosity and expression of their heritage. 

Following high school, Amelie worked as a technical director for a home shopping network for sixteen years. Eventually, her husband’s job relocated them to Ohio where she finished her graduate degree.

Expert at Online Teaching

Amelie’s love for teaching English as a second or foreign language developed when she began working for Berlitz International School of Languages

“The process of teaching English seemed natural to me, because my own daughter has speech and language delays due to severe autism. Over the years, I had developed my own methods for teaching her phonics and pronunciation, and clapping out syllables so that she could hear the rhythm of words and intonation.”

What a sign of genuine service! Along with caring for her daughter, Amelie has found ways throughout her life to enable others by utilizing her skills. 

Following Berlitz, she was hired by one of the leading online English learning companies in China. Her teaching subjects also included science and social studies, and she once served as principal of an international online school. 

“I took a course at Harvard last year for Educational Leadership,” Amelie says, “and [I] currently work teaching students one-on-one, [in] small groups, and [in] full classrooms.”

No doubt, her diverse education and invaluable teaching experience would be a great contribution to Hallo. After seeing a Hallo teacher post about the company on her LinkedIn page, she began investigating. 

English Teacher Hallo Amelie

Hallo: a One-of-a-Kind Opportunity

Amelie describes her first impression: “I thought it sounded interesting, so I inquired about it and found it admirable that Hallo offers the opportunity to learn English from native speakers to everyone for free.”

It didn’t take long for her to realize that “the students [on Hallo] are amazing and brilliant.” Everyone is united in pushing themselves to learn more.

Amelie wants her students to know how much she appreciates them sharing their cultures with her. From the comfort of her kitchen, she can travel the world and learn from the best sources!

Her advice to students trying to advance their English speaking skills is to focus on “correct pronunciation, phonics, and intonation,” and remember that student and teacher live streams on Hallo are a great way to learn more.

Like Amelie, Hallo teachers feel the sweet pleasure of helping students around the world who lack resources to learn English the best way—through native speakers. With unpredictable changes in global economic and social circumstances, Hallo does not stop facilitating individual growth and mutual connections. 

Some other fun facts about Amelie:

 

  1. What is something she always wants to buy when grocery shopping but can’t justify buying it?
    1. Organic, gluten-free, and vegan foods. The signs and labels are persuasive and enticing, but the steep prices to Amelie are just not worth paying.
  2. Which TV show would she watch on a rainy day?
    1. Some of our all-time favorites, Amelie would watch The Office or Parks and Recreation. These are classics for sunshine or rain time! (But it’s easier to justify binge-watching during a downpour).
  3. Would she rather spend five days exploring Disney or New York City? And what would she see first?
    1. New York wins the battle! Amelie would spend all her bucks watching musicals. BUT, an exotic and cultural tourist destination like Bali is Amelie’s real winner.
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Suggested Topics for Products & Technology

 

  1. Showcasing Incredible Apps to Learn Foreign Languages
  2. Comparing & contrasting different foreign language apps based on functions
  3. How to Become Bilingual: Stories & Best Practices
  4. How to Become Multilingual: Stories & Best Practices
  5. Deciding on a language career outside of the industry
  6. Teaching Free English for Service online
  7. How to experience life abroad – at home
  8. Barriers to integrating technology in the classroom & how to overcome
  9. Free resources for teachers now teaching online due to COVID
  10. Integrating education technology in K-12 schools
  11. Integrating education technology in university & graduate programs
  12. Most Innovative Language Technology and Products when you don’t know the language
  13. Building community on a language learning app (as a business)
  14. Building community on a language learning app (as an influencer/teacher)
  15. How to host an online event (InEvent present)

Suggested Topics for Research

 

  1. The Pros and Cons of Online Learning
  2. The Pros and Cons of In-Class learning
  3. The relationship between technology and success in the classroom 
  4. How has the language learning industry changed throughout history
  5. Current growth trends in the education technology industry
  6. Current growth trends in the classic institutional education industry
  7. Presentation of 3 top TESOL Student Theses
  8. Discussion: Biggest flaws & opportunities in the language learning industry
  9. Discussion: Ways to improve classic educational system
  10. Comparing language learning programs & outcomes around the world
  11. International wealth & quality of life outcomes based on ESL acquisition
  12. Best careers in the language learning industry based on growth and salary
  13. Discussion: Which language learning educational systems need the most help & how to help
  14. In-Conference Research: Best methods for learning languages. Polling & Discussion
  15. Case study: reshaping policies in the institution to improve learning
  16. Language learning outcomes based on age
  17. Understanding and overcoming misconceptions about the difficulties of language learning
  18. Best curriculums based on short and long-term outcomes

Suggested Topics for Professional Development

 

  1. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Panel and Q&A
  2. Hallo Teaching Demonstration
  3. Hallo Teaching Practice
  4. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Presented by Professionals in their fields
  5. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Panel and Q&A
  6. Getting certified as an ESL Teacher (how to)
  7. Transitioning careers as a professional in the language learning industry
  8. Improving communication in your University Department
  9. Internship Opportunities & Tips for Finding a Student Internship 
  10. Find Your Students Internships
  11. Incorporating language learning apps into your curriculum
  12. Inside look at the life of Language Interpreters
  13. Inside look at the life of Forensic Linguists
  14. Inside look at the life of ASL Translators
  15. Inside look at the life of Computational linguists in the tech industry
  16. Inside look at the life of Speech Language Pathologists
  17. Inside look at the life of Content Developers
  18. Inside look at the life of International Business Workers
  19. Inside look at the life of Language Professors
  20. Interview Skills & What Interviewers Are Looking For – Panel
  21. Interview Skills & What Interviewers Are Looking For – Demonstrations & Practice
  22. How to Create the Best Resume
  23. Pros and Cons to getting certified online
  24. Developing personal brand (as a teacher, influencer, student, etc.)
  25. Tips for choosing a career
  26. How to transition to online teaching

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