I am a fully-qualified, highly-experienced teacher (PGCE - Post Graduate Certificate of Education) (CELTA - Cambridge English Language Teaching certificate) who has now been teaching English in Moscow for nine years. I am a communicative, conversational teacher who covers all aspects of English teaching and who has a broad range of students.
I taught in the British secondary school system for 10 years teaching French, Maths and English primarily but also covering many other mainstream secondary subjects. I also have primary school experience having taught a Year 6 class (aged 10-11).
During my time in Moscow, I have taught top managers at Avito, INNOVA, Sberbank, mail.ru, Levi's jeans Moscow head office, Nikon and other similar companies.
I also worked for 2 years at Raduga/Zolotoye Secheniya school and taught many children privately after school. I have prepared many Russian children for entrance to the private boarding school system in the UK and also helped a number of students pass IELTS in order to go to university in the UK. I have done specific exam preparation with Russian students as well as teaching Business English from Pre-Intermediate to Advanced level.
B.A. Honours - Russian and French 2:1 from Portsmouth University 1991
CELTA - Cambridge Teaching Certificate - International House, London 2016
PGCE - Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Open University 2006
I have been teaching English in Moscow since November 2009. Prior to that, I worked as a teacher in the English education system from January 2001. I have taught English abroad in Belgium for 3 years in the late 90's.
Both my parents were teachers, my mother taught Russian at Bradford University and my father was Professor or Russian Studies at Surrey University near London.
I have a communicative approach to teaching English where I prioritise conversation practise in various situations discussing everything from current affairs, culture and the arts, sport and personal and family matters to the student's personal interests and hobbies. I have a fun approach to teaching children incorporating various games into my lessons as well as listening, reading, writing and speaking, general knowledge tests, Brainbox, memory tests. I have been teaching children for nearly 20 years and particularly enjoy working with children and teenagers. I have 3 children of my own and 3 grandsons.
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