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Helen

Helen

English (Foreign Language) and Study Skills Tuition in Stoke-on-Trent

I have a passion for teaching and am a creative, experienced English Native tutor and trainer. I graduated with a 2:1 Joint Honours Degree in English and Psychology from Keele University in 1990 and am a qualified Adult Education tutor teaching ESOL to non native English speakers. I began my career working in the NHS as a psychologist helping individuals and running groups on confidence-building and stress management. I have also worked as a mentor and tutor to university and college students. A key strength for my English tuition or coaching is an ability to form good working relationships with learners or clients built on mutual trust and rapport. I provide face to face or skype sessons for distance learners.

Tutoring Experience

Since 2005 I have taught English classes and individual sessions to International students and adults of all nationalities, ages and levels. I have taught at English Language summer schools based at universities and colleges across the UK. I have overseen placement tests in written and oral skills that students sit on arrival to the country and placed them into one of 4 levels from elementary to upper intermediate and have conducted end of course tests and reports. In class the focus is on improving oral fluency and confidence in speaking as well as written work. Students learn through doing a variety of projects, role play activities and presentations. The classes are fun and relaxed with lots of laughter and students go away with more confidence in speaking. I offer individual English tuition to people of all ages including International students and professionals either living or working in the UK (doctors, pharmacists, business people, managers and journalists). I have taught Adult ESOL classes at college where I had a 98% pass rate for learners taking entry level ESOL exams. I use a variety of teaching materials including text books, magazine/newspaper articles, internet film clips and online grammar exercises.

Tutoring Approach

I have a coaching approach to tutoring which is always positive and encouraging. Students have commented that I know how to motivate them to improve and build language skills. It is important to teach confidence so that students feel relaxed and unafraid about using language. I am flexible and can adapt and tailor the lessons to what students require. Students may want to practise conversational English on a range of topics or improve pronunciation and build vocabulary related to their career or work. I can help students working towards ESOL or other exams or improve their IELTS score. I offer proof reading for academic work for a university degree.

LanguagesEnglish (British), Spanish
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
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Qualifications

Keele University1990Bachelors2:1 English and Psychology
Stoke-on-Trent2015CollegeCertificate in Education and Training

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