Hello there. My name is Freddie and welcome to my teaching profile...
I am a highly qualified and very experienced teacher, lecturer, Director of Studies, examiner, entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, and, university ambassador. I work as a freelance teacher in the UK and overseas. I teach for several organisations, schools and universities while running teaching/education website: Focus on Learning. When I'm not in the classroom, I like to pursue entrepreneurial and voluntary activities.
I hold a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK. I have just completed my Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL), with British Council TEFL-Q Status (and I am on course to graduate with distinction). I am also an experienced and qualified examiner holding the Cambridge Certificate in the Concepts and Contexts of Assessment (CCCA) and I examined for Cambridge Assessment for over five years. I also have an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure (DBS) certificate permitting me to work with children.
I have over 11 years teaching experience. I have taught children and adults, across 10 different countries; in primary schools, secondary schools, and, universities. My teaching has consistently been assessed at ‘Very Good’, ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Distinction’ level. I have taught in: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. As Director of Studies, I have managed large teams of teachers internationally. I mentor undergraduate and postgraduate students at two different UK universities. I won the 2017/18 Mentor of the Year Award at the University of Kent.
– General English: including conversational English, discussions and debates
– English for Academic Purposes: university entry and academic support
– Exam Preparation: IELTS, Cambridge exams, GCSE and A-level, degree
– Teacher Training: both English and methodology & pedagogy
– Career Development: CVs, covering letters, job applications and interviews.
How my lessons work:
Before our first lesson I will send you a comprehensive Needs Analysis which will assess your specific needs and requirements so that you can get the most out of your lessons. Each lesson will be tailored to you and will include an outline plan. Lessons will use a wide range of materials of my own creation as well as quality external sources. We will feedback at the end of each session to review your progress and ensure you stay on track.
My teaching philosophy:
Every student is individual and unique; no two classes are the same – a key part of what I love about teaching – so I tailor my lessons to each students’ specific needs. I believe language should first and foremostly be about communication, while also covering all skill sets. I love learning for its own sake and believe learning is its own reward.
Personally, I love drinking tea (black, with milk naturally!) combined with any of the following: business, economics, entrepreneurship, stock trading, philosophy, religion, politics, travel, writing and good food. For fun I play board games, read, go to pub quizzes and socialise. I love travel and culture (taking plenty of photos) and have travelled extensively around mainland Europe.
Send me a message and let me know what you would like and I will tailor my lessons to your specific needs. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals!