Hello everyone, my name is Istvan, but just call me Steve.
I'm a cheerful guy from Hungary who loves traveling, hiking, good wine, and having interesting conversations.
I have been living and working in Japan for two years. I recently completed a 2 year Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral research fellowship at Keio University, Tokyo.
Before that, I lived in England, where I completed my PhD in Oxford and at Hertfordshire, and worked in business administration and management.
By training, I'm a professional English teacher and a university researcher in Philosophy. I have been teaching English and Philosophy for more than 10 years.
I taught English in a primary school and online for 2 years to children between ages 5 to 13.
I taught English and Philosophy at junior high and high school level for four years.
And I've been teaching and tutoring adult learners and university students in English, Philosophy, Business English and Academic and Writing Skills for more than 10 years.
I have done most of my teaching in England and Japan. You can check out some of my work here
During the past years I've taught 'Social Design: Inclusive and Ethical Planning for Engineers', 'Moral Psychology', 'Free Will: Science, Philosophy and Psychology', 'Philosophy of Action: AI and Mind', 'Epistemology: Self-Knowledge' and other BA and MA level courses.
I'm also regularly supervising and tutoring university students and high school students.
I'm working with students in: Philosophy, English Language, English Literature (covering the contemporary and historical literature of British, American, and other English speaking countries), Educational Theory, Psychology, and introductory level Business and Marketing.
Teaching is important to me because students are always inspiring. It gives me energy when my students are doing well! I like to help people, and assist them in achieving their goals. Maybe you are just starting to learn English. Maybe you're already preparing for an important exam. Or maybe you just want to practice and improve your skills a bit. In any case, I would be very happy to support you and help you on your journey.
My strengths are patience and kindness. I am especially good at helping you with pronunciation and grammar practice, vocabulary building, Business and Academic English, and improving general communication and intercultural skills.
I'm happy to work with students of any age and level. With young learners I can do playful sessions, using entertaining rhymes, poems, movement, and short videos. With learners who are more experienced I'm happy to talk about any topic, to help improve Academic and Business English skills, or to prepare for exams or tests, like IELTS or TOEFL.
Looking forward to talking with you!
On the top of Mt Kaikoma-ga-take
With one of our dogs, Szmöre, at the lakeside
Finishing a 10KM race in Budapest, Hungary
A student made a really good joke during the Q&A of my talk