“Surf Doctor” Steven Andrew Martin
Professor of Area Studies in Sociology and Anthropology
English Language Tutor and Life Coach for International Students and Teachers of All Ages and Backgrounds
English Tutor and Academic Advisor Intro Video for Professor “Surf Doctor” Steven Andrew Martin
I have deep experience with second language learning because I was an international student.
I studied Mandarin in China 北京大学 and Taiwan 政治大學 , Spanish in Costa Rica and Spain, and Afrikaans and Xhosa in South Africa. I can also speak Hawaiian-style English, or “Pidgin English”, the common language spoken throughout the Hawaiian Islands today.
Although I am recently retired from university, I continue contributing to international education through online teaching and learning platforms. If you would like to connect with me for a lesson or consultation in English, please send a brief message here on my website contact page.
In 2022, I met with over 1,000 students from 56 countries, many of which were from China and Japan.
After retiring from university, 2022 marked my first full year of teaching online as an independent English language tutor and educator across various topics, subjects, and disciplines of study.
Special topics of interest among my international students
In recent years, I have helped learners from around the world. Popular topics currently include:
- Life Coaching through conversational English – A learner-centered approach.
- Work life balance and and other life philosophies.
- World knowledge – Exploring life and the world around us through experiential language learning.
- New enlightenment philosophy – Revisiting how we measure personal and professional success in a world of unprecedented social change.
- Learning Adventures – Discussing traditional, formal, academic, and time-orientated education and knowledge - in contrast with - untraditional, incidental, accidental, and experiential learning.
- Content English – Learning English in the context of special topics of interest, such as those related to school or university classes, courses, or other subject areas. Example: "Weather words".
- Conscious versus unconscious English language learning – Exploring "Graded Readers".
- International travel consulting and life experience. See: The Jewel of Travel.
- Study abroad and international education opportunities.
- International planning for Asian students intending to live or study in Europe, United States, or Canada.
- Visa applications and processes for travel or education.
- University applications and admissions.
- Resume and CV building and editing.
- Research, writing, and editing, including university theses and academic papers.
- Systematic research and publication, including international journal articles.
- Health, wellness, and the food environment – understanding organic foods and farming.
- Chinese culture and philosophy 中国哲学 , including the Silk Road 絲綢之路 and the Journey to the West.
- Anthropology and the indigenous Taiwanese peoples.
- The sport and philosophy of surfing.
- Hawaiian culture and history.
- Developing new and personal life philosophies.
- Exploring and understanding different measures of success.
- How and why to build a personal website for yourself and others.
Subjects which I taught as a university professor and continue to share and discuss online with students of all ages and backgrounds
Learning though Content English
Content English is generally understood as a set of vocabulary or world knowledge of a specific subject taught in English. I further define content-based English language learning as a way of empowering students through combining language, literacy, and content knowledge of a given topic, subject, or study area in a real-world context.
Having knowledge of a specialized English vocabulary in the context of a given subject facilitates deeper ‘learning access’ to the world, allowing learners find their own voice and world concept through English.
As a university professor and experienced English language tutor, I do my best to bring the world to my lessons and my lessons to life, encouraging an ‘English journey’ through engaging students to shape their world view in their own words as global citizens.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Continuing Education in English Language Learning and (TEFL)
With online English language learning increasing in popularity, I decided to enroll in a 120 hour TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), the global standard certificate for English teachers, particularly those who live and work abroad. It was a great way to learn new online teaching skills and strategies, and I completed the TEFL program on December 4, 2023. The course was accredited through the International Council for Online Educational Standards (ICOES) as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity.
Life Coaching Through Conversational English
A Learner-centered Approach
I recently completed a certificate in Coaching Skills for Learner-centered Conversations with Imperial College London, a global top 10 university in the United Kingdom. The course was focus on how to hold “effective conversations leading to meaningful change.”
“Coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” – Sir John Whitmore
The learner-centered approach to life coaching is based on the idea that people are resourceful, with inner strengths and capabilities. Coaching differs from conventional teaching as the educator’s role broadens from expert to genuine facilitator of learning-in equal partnership with learners within a relationship of respect.
“A coach assumes that there is a solution for the learner’s needs and that learners can find solutions themselves because of their own inner wisdom.” – London Imperial College
In an education setting, life coaching is based on an acquired skillset based on effective conversations leading to meaningful change, one where the educator actively listens, reflects, and asks powerful questions to support the learner to develop new perspectives and new thinking. In this way, the learner is empowered to move forward with their issue.