Expert IB English Writing & TOK Tutor/Examiner, Holds a Master of Arts with 20+ Years of Teaching Experience.
I have a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in History and English from the University of Toronto. I also have a MA and B.Ed. Also from the University of Toronto. I partially completed an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of London. I have been a teacher for over 20 years and have worked in the IBDP for 15 years. My teaching experience has primarily been in international schools around the world. These include Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Oman, Malaysia, Singapore, India, China, Italy, the UK, and Germany. Some schools were IB, and others were universities where I taught Academic Writing and Interpersonal Communication. As an IB teacher and IB coordinator, I have attended at least 5 workshops to complete my IB subjects or IB positions certification. Finally, I have been an IB examiner.
2012-2016 @ American International School of Cairo- Egypt
IB teacher/IB coordinator
Grade 9 English.
Grade 11/12 IB English A Language and Literature.
Grade 11 TOK.
Grade 11/12 English, IB Language, and Literature TOK.
2004–2007 @ Al Akhawayn University- Morocco
Centre Academic Studies
Research and Problem; Solving, Skills for Learning and Research; Interpersonal Communications (course coordinator); Writing Center.
2003–2004 @ Sunway International School- Malaysia
IB teacher/ IB Coordinator
• Helped get accreditation from IBO.
• Set curriculum for Pre IB Grade 9-10.
• Supported teachers were new to the IB.
• Marketing the program.
• English Language and Literature to Year 1 and 2.
• Language B.
2011-2012 @ Canadian College- Egypt
Instructor in academic English writing.
1987–1989 @ Singapore American School- Singapore
ESL Department Head/Teacher
University of Toronto
Master of Arts in Medieval Studies,
University of Toronto
Bachelor of Education in English and History,
University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts in English and History
English Language A Language and Literature HL
English Language A Language and Literature SL
English Language A Literature and Performance SL
English Language A Literature HL
English Language A Literature SL
English Language ab Intio SL
English Language B HL
English Language B SL
English Self Taught Language
Extended Essay (EE)
Individual Oral (IO)
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
University Application Essay
Middle Years Programme
Tutor Teaching Style
Education is a life-long pursuit. You never stop learning and schools should create the environment that makes this possible, making this an organic part of a person’s life. As a teacher, I am always learning and always asking questions about what I see, hear and think I know. I love words and I know how powerful they can be. I teach with a passion for these words to help students understand how they were used by the great minds of the past and are used in the present. In these times of “fake news”, education should prepare students to be able to read, listen and think critically so that their opinions are based on strong foundations of reason, logic, and true knowledge. I believe in using humour and compassion to engage and motivate. We are interconnected and knowledge is also interconnected and transdisciplinary, so we can no longer serve up a subject in isolation but see these subjects as a part of humankind striving to know, understand, apply and advance ourselves.
I must first know where you are as a learner, what your expectations are for yourself and for me. Both student and teacher create a team that sets out the goals and the strategies that will be necessary to apply in order that these goals are met. Although we might be studying a literary text, the starting point has to be the student’s context and the writer’s context that creates a unique experience for each reader. The IB is concept-driven and these BIG IDEAS are what bring literature to life. The lesson should uncover these big ideas and apply them to the student‘s experience. The doors to different subjects, cultures, historical periods will find their way into the lesson to reveal the interconnectedness of knowledge. I know that at the end of a course these concepts might be all that will remain. Since high standards in thinking and writing are set by the IB, I will do all that I can to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to score well on the exams and assessments.
Eric from Australia
Good, experienced, structured and it will help my son in his paper.
Sophia from the United Arab Emirates
It was a fantastic session..
Looking forward to next Wednesday!
Thank you so much, Miss Birute.
Wei from Canada
She is a very experienced teacher, helped a lot,I appreciate all her hard working
Ruby from Oman
Friendly and knowledgeable tutor. Made the most of the time allotted, and made my son feel at ease very quickly. I highly recommend her.
Sohum from New Zealand
Very useful - I learned a lot.
Jeena from Canada
She is patient and amazing as an instructor.
Neeraj from New Zealand
Birute was very helpful in both my TOK and English Classes. She was able to explain everything very well.
Think before you speak, read before you think. - Fran Lebowitz I think, therefore, IB.
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