Meet Your Teacher
Hello everyone! My name is Manuela and I am a friendly, cheerful and enthusiastic teacher who loves teaching and foreign languages.
Originally from Romania, I am living in Japan and am teaching English to some of the most prestigious Japanese companies in the world, and French and Romanian to beginner, intermediate and advanced students online and in person.
I am also currently teaching Romanian on Verbling.
WHY would you choose me as your teacher?
I am a highly qualified teacher (Please find below my qualifications);
I have more than 15 years' experience having taught all levels and age groups, and done a lot of adult private tutoring (in total, as a high school teacher, company teacher and private tutor I have taught more than 15,000 lessons);
I can teach the lessons in English, French, Romanian, and Japanese depending on your mother tongue. I can give you explanations in German, too;
I care about my students' making progress, improving their skills and being happy and comfortable in class;
I strive to give high quality, personalized lessons tailoring them according to my students' needs;
Having lived in Europe and Japan - my husband is Japanese - for many years, I can share my rich cultural experience with you.
English, French & Romanian Lessons with Manuela
A. HONOURS & AWARDS
B. DEGREES and CERTIFICATES
C. Most Important TEACHING POSITIONS
A. Excellence in Teaching Award - Romanian Ministry of Education & Sibiu County Education Inspectorate
I was awarded this honour in recognition of my substantial contributions to a European Educational Project with Germany and Finland, and my activity as a mentor for my high school students who obtained outstanding results in English exams and English language competitions.
Author of Educational Resources in a British Council Project - Bucharest, Romania
I participated as an author of educational resources in a two-year project entitled "Skills for Employability - English for Agri and Rural Tourism" organized by the British Council and Romanian Ministry of Education. All the resources created during the project were posted on the website of the Romanian Ministry of Education.
B. QUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS in the UK (QTS) - QTS and Induction Division Teaching Agency (Department for Education), Coventry (United Kingdom)
I was awarded Qualified Teacher Status by the UK Government, Department for Education, for the purpose of teaching English in maintained schools and non-maintained schools in England.
European Commission - Lifelong Learning Comenius Grant for Teachers
Having been awarded a Comenius teaching grant by the European Commission, I attended teacher training courses in Exeter, United Kingdom on "Developing Oral Fluency in the Secondary English Language Classroom" organized by International Projects Centre (UK).
MA Degree in Philology - Business English (2 years) - Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu - Faculty of Letters and Arts, Sibiu (Romania)
- Graduate Scholarship -
I attended courses in business-related subjects, such as cross-cultural issues, meetings, negotiations, and presentations All lectures were delivered in English.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (1 year) - Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu - Department for Teacher Training, Sibiu (Romania)
The certificate is issued to be used for employment in the Romanian educational system. I attended courses in Educational psychology, Language pedagogy, Theories & Methods of Language Teaching & Learning, Classroom management and Computer-assisted instruction. The lectures were given both in English and Romanian.
Translator and Interpreter License/Accreditation for the English, French and Romanian languages
My license was issued by the Ministry of Justice of Romania and therefore, I am registered and authorized to do translations from/into English and French.
BA degree in Philology - English and French Studies (4 years) - West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Letters, Philosophy and History, Timisoara (Romania)
- Undergraduate Scholarship -
Besides studying English and French literature, language, culture and civilization, I attended courses in Romanian grammar, linguistics, literary theory and comparative literature.
All the lectures were taught in English and French with the exception of the courses on Romanian language, which were taught in Romanian.
January 2008 - June 2013
C. Full-time Tenured English & French Teacher - Agricultural College D.P. Barcianu - Sibiu, Romania
▪ Taught English to high school students;
▪ Planned and taught General English classes in accordance with the National Curriculum;
▪ Held the position of Head of the Department of Foreign Languages;
▪ Tutored advanced students one-on-one to prepare them for English competitions
▪ Gave private lessons to university students and adults preparing them for Cambridge exams.
2013 - 2014
Full-Time English Teacher - National Pedagogical College Andrei Şaguna - Sibiu, Romania
Taught General English to elementary school, junior high school and high school students;
Gave private lessons to university students and adults, preparing them for Cambridge Exams;
EFL English Teacher - Open World Academy - Kumamoto, Japan
Taught General English to adult students;
Prepared students for the TOEIC & EIKEN exams
2015 - Present
Business English Teacher & Translator - Parakaro Corporation & Kumamoto University - Kumamoto, Japan
Have been teaching Business English at major Japanese companies, such as Sony, and General English at Kumamoto University
Have done translations from Romanian into English & from English into Romanian
2017 - Present
French & Romanian Private Tutor
Have been giving French and Romanian private lessons, online and in person, to students of all levels from all around the world.