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Casual Learner £25.00

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Personal Description:

I'm an experienced, native English Language teacher and professionally qualified manager with well developed interpersonal skills and a sound understanding of the importance of objectives and learner outcomes. I'm equally happy visiting companies or meeting individuals to teach casual adult learners or business / special purpose English.

I consider myself affable and unpretentious; a grammar school educated group member and coordinator, able to promote professional relationships that lead to learning and trust. I'm versatile, practical and realistic, with an ability to create resources and conditions most conducive to learning and to maintaining good rapport with students through respect, empathy, authenticity and humour!

My track record in teaching the English Language and in managing staff training projects over a thirty year career in U.K. manufacturing industries is well established. I am therefore familiar with best practise in effective communications in small and large companies alike through my accumulated experiences in business and the wider commercial environment.

Tutoring Experience:

I have taught English to speakers of other languages from most countries in Eastern Europe, also South America and Africa, as well as the Middle and Far East, working within the public sector

My scheme of work topics include amongst others:- Food & Drink, Health, Body & Mind, Clothes, Money, Number & Frequency, Day / Date / Time, Work & Jobs, Daily Routine, Advice & Guidance, News & Current Affairs, Sport & Leisure and Beliefs & Opinions.

Although my ESOL session are based in part on ensuring students can read menus, locate healthcare, complete application forms, access information etc, themes can be broadened to cover topic areas in a more general way. I explore the more creative side of language learning (e.g. poetry, advertisements, etc) as long as students are offered the chance to acquire language skills for practical purposes. Visual learners might practise their handwriting or do a reading activity from a drawing while kinaesthetic learners might write down what the tutor mimes or act out a written text.

My resources are developed through a combination of internet research, course books, ESOL & EFL text books, grammar and **Contact Detail Removed** sources. I find learners are often enthusiastic about history based topics, also geography and the make up of the EU and life in the U.K.

My materials have sometimes been used by other tutors; I often include data, number & frequency questions as part of the lesson plan. Although course books have the benefit of being tried and tested, I think they can become predictable, so find authentic materials, especially
those with cultural content, likely to give students more confidence and can make them more independent learners.

For example, I recently prepared some materials for ‘Black History Month’ and ‘Classrooms From Around the world’ which were critically acclaimed throughout the department.

Prior to re-training as a teacher, I had a record of achievement in the UK Paint Industry, supplying technical sales, marketing and other services to distributors across most manufacturing sectors. (Preparation of training modules and data for technical & promotional literature required high standards of literacy & numeracy whilst invariably working to a deadline).

Through my general management and classroom experiences I have developed a sound communicative approach. I understand the importance of attitude and objectives when teaching ESOL and use a broad range of methods and exercises to achieve successful outcomes in that.

Tutoring Approach:

My approach to teaching English places a high level of emphasis on fluency with correct pronunciation, as a result of studying elocution from an early age,

I have found this particularly useful when teaching non-native English speakers who may have difficulty articulating the sounds of some words or parts of the wider English Language vocabulary.

I currently teach students 1:1 as well as in small groups and try to ensure topics are as varied as possible. To help build confidence and develop good conversational skills I cover news stories, current events and routine activities, as well as history and `Life in the U.K`.

I am happy to teach vocabulary or terminology relating to special topics or appropriate areas in business and commercial spheres; also topics of personal or leisure interest; for example, travel, music, photography, geography or culture - my career and life experiences have been quite diverse!

Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: French
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Buckinghamshire College of F.E. High Wycombe (2010) - Trinity College London Cert TESOL (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Trinity College London (2010) - Trinity college London PTTLS (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Buckinghamshire College of F.E. High Wycombe (1989) - Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Park Lane College of F.E. Leeds (1966) - GCSE O Level English (College) (✘ Not On File)

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