Sian Caroline Lapwood


I am a native English speaker with several years teaching experience, including an academic year teaching English as a foreign language to university undergraduates in China. I hold a first-class honours degree from the University of London and believe in upholding standards of academic excellence, by promoting an engaging and rigorous learning environment in which students can flourish. I have extensive experience with both developing new curriculum and adapting existing curriculum, suited to the individual needs and interests of my students. I have taught ESL learners of many ages and levels of experience, in a wide range of settings including community education, schools, summer camps and university.

I am adaptable, calm and passionate about English language, history and literature. I believe strongly in the importance of foreign teachers demonstrating high levels of professionalism and cultural sensitivity both in and out of the classroom.

Goldsmiths, University of London (2008-2011) BA History (1st Class Honours)
Kingston Grammar School (2005-2007) Won an academic scholarship to study A levels in English
Literature, History and Biology and AS level Mathematics.
Notre Dame Senior School (2000-2005) Nine GCSEs (grade A*-A) and AS level Critical Thinking. ECDL IT qualification.
Telf Org UK (January 2016) 140hr TEFL certificate, including 20-hour assessed classroom component.
Associazone Culturale Linguistica Educational (June 2016), TEFL-TP, accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, teaching English through theatre and play. Learn English At Home (Spring 2013), Non-accredited, 80-hours of classroom-based community
TEFL training, including assessed teaching practice with real ESL learners.

Additional Skills and Interests
 Leading public speaking and debate workshops
 Leading theatre and performance skills workshops
 Leading choirs and vocal performance sessions
 Writing promotional and web copy for businesses
 Training in vocal technique and jazz singing

Web Content Writer And Editor and Corporate English Coach, Volazi, Tetouan, Morocco
(March 2018 – ongoing)
Creating clean, compelling, Search Engine Optimized web copy for the online publishing wing
of a fast-growing international marketing company. Coaching Arabic-speaking employees in use of
appropriate Business English. Workshopping presentations with employees to develop public
speaking and presentation skills using English language.

Senior Teacher And IELTS Instructor, Tetouan British Centre, Tetouan, Morocco (September
2017-March 2018)
Teaching ESL to teens and adults in a privately-run language centre, supervising junior
teaching staff, assisting in curriculum development and assisting with extra-curricula cultural

Oral English Instructor, Cheng Gong University, Henan Province, China (Academic Year,
September 2017-2018)
Working with minimal departmental oversight to devise and implement curriculum for both non-
English majors and advanced Business English students. Setting and invigilating exams and
assessments, providing additional tuition for IELTS candidates and participating in university

English Teacher, Dot Dot Pre-School Henan Province, China (Part-Time 2017-2018)
In addition to my contractual responsibilities at the university, I was invited to help establish an
English programme for very young learners at the newly-opened campus pre-school. This role
involved teaching English to learners aged 2-5 years old, through music, movement and play.

English and Theatre Teacher, ACLE, Various Cities, Italy (Summer Camp Contract, June-
August 2017)
Teaching small classes of between 8-15 students, at full-immersion English language and theatre
camps for learners aged between 6-16 years old. Each camp lasted between one and two weeks
and culminated in a final English-language theatre performance devised by students and staff, for
parents and friends. Other responsibilities included organising whole camp activities, excursions
and competitions, while maintaining student safety and discipline.

Health Trainer, Hounslow and Richmond Borough Health Trust (UK NHS), London, UK
(March 2014-December 2014 and April 2015-April 2016)
Providing help and support for local health service users wanting to make healthier lifestyle
choices, promoting health services in the Borough of Hounslow and Richmond and delivering a
structured six-week Stop Smoking programme in clinics across the borough.

Youth Education Volunteer, VSO ICS, Bohol, Philippines (Fixed-term contact, January 2015-
March 2015)
Devising and piloting lesson plans and preparing curriculum materials for use in schools in
Bohol, Philippines. Working in schools and youth clubs to raise environmental awareness, using
drama activities, craft and games.

English Language Teacher LEAH Kingston-upon-Thames, UK (Volunteer position, May 2013-
Dec. 2014)
A voluntary role with a charity that provides free one-to-one English-language tuition for recent
immigrants to the UK, who are unable to access community English classes due to disability or
caring responsibilities.

Teaching Assistant Le Club Francais (Language School), West Molesey, UK (Part-time,
January 2013-July 2013)
Teaching Beginners’ French to children between the ages of 7-11, through music, games and
craft activities.
State Apartment Warder, Historic Royal Palaces, Hampton Court, UK (Seasonal contract,
March 2012 – October 2012)
Telling stories from British history within a world-famous heritage site. Maintaining site security
and visitor safety at an Olympic venue during the London 2012 Games.
Administrative Assistant, Le Club Francais (Language School), West Molesey, UK (December
2011 – March 2012)
Using Access and Excel to monitor client payments, maintaining correspondence with parents
and teachers, processing client payments via phone and post, and carrying out corporate research.
Front of House Intern, Foundling Museum, London UK (Internship, September 2011 –
November 2011)
Internship offering training in the operational aspects of managing visitor services in a small,
independently-funded museum. Responsibilities including co-ordinating museum volunteers and
acting as first point of contact for members of the public and other stakeholders accessing the
museum and its collections