My name is Zachary Tan, and I am a graduate teacher currently based in Melbourne, Australia. I specialise in teaching Italian at the beginner and lower-intermediate levels, and English as an Additional Language.
I was born in Singapore, but I have been fortunate enough to travel and live around the world. I have also lived in London and Hong Kong, and have visited Malaysia, the United States, Thailand, France, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Wales, China, and Japan. I am a native speaker of English, and can also communicate in the following languages to various degrees of competency: Italian, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.
As an emerging multilingual, I can appreciate the need for a more communicative approach towards language education. I hope to use my personal experiences as a language learner to blend that approach with my grammar-based strengths in a manner that will inspire my students to appreciate the cultural and cerebral benefits of acquiring at least one additional language.
In addition to language education, my other main passions revolve around punk rock music and budget-level computing. I play the bass guitar, and have spent the second half of 2017 learning how to write songs. My influences include punk rock, anime songs, the Beatles, a bit of heavy metal, and the YouTuber "Shady Cicada". I go by the stage name "[PSEUDONYM:]FUMITAKE LEE".
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you would like to get in contact with me, feel free to send an email using the contact form at the bottom of this eBusiness card. I intend to update this site in the near future by adding its Italian and Japanese counterparts.
I CAN BE FOUND AT
JULY - SEPTEMBER 2017: INTERN AT FITZROY HIGH SCHOOL, MELBOURNE
APRIL - MAY 2017: PRE-SERVICE TEACHER AT ST MICHAEL'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, MELBOURNE
APRIL; AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2016: PRE-SERVICE TEACHER AT CHELTENHAM SECONDARY COLLEGE, MELBOURNE
SEPTEMBER 2013 - JANUARY 2017: TUTOR AT KUMON AUSTRALIA
MARCH 2007 - FEBRUARY 2009; DECEMBER 2009: SOLDIER IN THE SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES
MAY 2007 - FEBRUARY 2009: SUPPLY ASSISTANT
MARCH 2016 - FEBRUARY 2018: MASTER OF TEACHING (SECONDARY), DEAKIN UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE
MARCH 2009 - DECEMBER 2012: BACHELOR OF COMMERCE, THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION 2006, ST MICHAEL'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, MELBOURNE