I'm an experienced and qualified English teacher, with more than 20 years' teaching experience. My job has taken me all over the world, and I've lived in Hong Kong, The Netherlands, France and Italy.
I teach all levels of English, but I specialise in intermediate and advanced levels. I'm passionate about helping you get confident in English so that it becomes a natural, easy part of your personal and professional life. My experience teaching general and business English, as well as preparing students for the Cambridge exams, means that I can help you identify the areas to focus on for excellent English - whether that's vocabulary development, pronunciation, grammar correction or fluency practice.
Languages are one of my hobbies! My degree is in French, but I also speak Italian fluently. When I'm not doing the crossword, I like walking and cycling in the beautiful English countryside, reading and watching films.
I can't wait to meet you and help you with your English goals!
I've taught English for more than 20 years to adults and teenagers. I have the RSA Diploma in TEFL (equivalent to the DELTA - the Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) which is the highest English language teaching qualification, and I'm also a Cambridge Speaking and Writing Examiner for the Cambridge exams (KET, PET, FCE and CAE).
I have a BA Honours degree in French with Linguistics, which I obtained from the University of Southampton.
I have taught individuals and groups in both private and corporate training situations. In recent years, my focus has been on exam preparation for the Cambridge exams (First, CAE), writing skills, and pronunciation.
Please note: I do not teach English to young learners (under the age of 12).
I believe that confidence is the secret to English fluency, which is why I want you to feel relaxed and supported in your lessons with me. I'll give you clear and thorough explanations when you need them, as well as practical and honest feedback, so that you know exactly where you are making progress - and the areas to work on.
Our first lesson is a good opportunity for you to tell me what you want to concentrate on. From there we can develop a learning plan so you meet your goals quickly. A typical lesson could include:
- a review of your previous lesson
- speaking practice for fluency
- work on pronunciation, vocabulary development or grammar (as needed)
- exam preparation (if you're studying for an exam)
- an optional homework activity to help you consolidate / practise what you learnt
All my lessons are tailored to you and your needs. Many of my students are already at a high intermediate or advanced level and need to perfect their English for their work or to pass an exam. We work on specific areas to improve, so that speaking and using English feels natural.