Hello! My name is Diana Renke and I am a native English speaker, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, but have been living and working in Dalat, Vietnam since April 2016. With over 14 years of teaching experience, I am a career teacher and absolutely love what I do!
I like to make my lessons as student-centred, creative, interesting, relevant and fun as possible. I specialise in designing and teaching lessons to suit a student’s specific requirements and interests, whereby taking on a whole-student approach. I like using a variety of teaching and learning approaches, not the same boring ‘chalk ‘n talk’ methods. Teaching and learning should be celebrated and revered, and not seen as some boring chore.
Here is a video introduction: https://vimeo.com/409456701
I am in possession of a Cambridge University (U.K.) accredited CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), Certificate V, and a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Diploma, Certificate IV. In addition to this, I have also obtained a TAE (Certificate IV in Training and Assessment),. This qualification allows me to legally train teachers, which is my passion and this is what I had been doing part-time for two and a half years, in collaboration with Hello English Language Center in Dalat, Vietnam and its Australian RTO, LTI. Furthermore, I also have a BEd (Bachelors in Education) degree and a post-graduate BEd Hons (Bachelors in Education Honours) degree, both obtained from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa).
The above-mentioned credentials are important, but not necessarily a true reflection of the teacher I strive to be. Here are testimonials from previous employers, colleagues, ESL students and teacher trainees I have taught over the years: https://app.box.com/s/kp692lw731k5s0y60lhuglxy432asa48
If you would like to see a collection of photos, here is the link: https://app.box.com/s/nynh29escmrixh5mxffr6qbt9xq5bbnk
In my free time, I enjoy a variety of interests, particularly the Arts (drawing, painting, reading, writing, photography, theatre and music). I love the outdoors, gardening, hiking, cycling, camping and abseiling. I am also a foodie and love cooking (and eating!) and would be lost without my morning cappuccino.
I speak three languages fluently, namely English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. I also speak very basic French, Vietnamese, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Czech, and Chinese. As an avid traveller, and eternal student, I love learning about other people’s cultures, customs and languages. Travelling to interesting, off-the-beaten track places has both educated me and shaped into the person I am today. In addition to this, I am fascinated with geo-politics and feel very strongly about the advocacy of environmental, animal and human rights.