William James Tychonievich is the main English teacher at Eton Royal English School. He comes from the United States, where he has lived in several different states (North Carolina, New Hampshire, Maryland, Ohio, and Utah).
William James Tychonievich 是伊敦皇家英語的主要英文授課老師。他來自美國，並且在許多州居住過，如：北卡羅來納州，新罕布什爾州，馬里蘭州，俄亥俄州和猶他州。
Unlike most English teachers in Taiwan, William has a degree in linguistics — the science of language. He studied at Ohio State University, which has one of the world’s best linguistics departments. (It ranks 9th in the U.S. — higher than Yale, Columbia, and Princeton — and 20th in the world. See here.) He graduated summa cum laude and received the Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
William’s linguistics background means he has a much deeper understanding of grammar than most foreign teachers. It also means he’s familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet (which KK symbols are based on) and can explain correct pronunciation in detail.
William has been teaching English in Taiwan since 2004 and has taught all kinds of students. He’s taught at cram schools, elementary schools, junior and senior high schools, and universities. He’s taught engineers and salespeople at several different companies, doctors at the hospital, and scientists at a research center. He’s taught special classes on public speaking skills for businesspeople, and he’s taught high-level grammar classes for other English teachers. Besides his work in Taiwan, William has also taught English and linguistics in the U.S. and Korea, and he’s worked as an assistant to a linguistics professor at Ohio State University.
Because of his long experience teaching in Taiwan, William knows what kinds of English mistakes Chinese speakers often make and what points are especially difficult for them. He can point out areas where English is different from Chinese and help you avoid common mistakes in grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
William teaches the following courses at Eton:
- Phonics: A and B courses
- Explore: levels 1 – 6
- GEPT Preparation: Elementary, Intermediate, and High-Intermediate levels
- Business English
- Advanced English