I live in the New Forest in the South East of England with my two dogs.
I spend quite a lot of may time looking after them and every morning we go for a long walk..
I also enjoy reading (especially crime fiction), crochet, knitting and learning Spanish.
Once a month I visit my parents and brother in Bournemouth on the south coast about 40 minutes from where I live now.
I have lived in Spain, France and Germany but I have taught students from many different countries and love learning about different cultures.
Me as a Teacher
I have 12 years teaching experience in teaching all ages and all levels.
I have a lot of experience in both General English and Business English. I have also helped prepare a lot of students for exams including the IELTS and TOEIC exams.
I have taught in the UK, Spain and Germany, in schools, companies and at home.
I have a very good knowledge of grammar and also very experienced in helping students with their vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, reading and speaking skills.
Because I have learnt languages myself (French and Spanish and I have just started learning German) I totally understand what it is like to be a language learner and I hope this makes me a better teacher.
My Lessons & Teaching Style
I always make sure I plan my lessons very well. I want them to be interesting with a good variety of activities and materials. I like to think I have a fairly good sense of humour so hopefully we will have some fun too!
The structure of the lessons very much depends on you. In the first class we will talk about exactly what YOU want. Then, if appropriate, I will plan out a course for you, check that you are happy with it and we can get started!
However, you may want something a lot more casual for example just conversation, then of course we can do that.
So whether it's General, Business or Academic English I can help and if you would like homework I am very happy to provide that too.
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During these six years, I have been working from home on a self-employed basis: Teaching one-to-one classes and small groups of teenagers and adults. Across all levels from Elementary to Advanced, including preparation for IELTS examination. Both General English and Business English.
2009 - 2011
English Teacher (self-employed)
Working from home - Talarrubias, Spain
During these two academic years, I was working from home on a self-employed basis. I gained further experience in: • Teaching General English to classes of children and adults aged 8 – 16 years old. • Across all levels from Elementary to Advanced, including preparation for Escuela Oficial examinations levels 4, 5 and 6. • One-to-one and small groups.
2008 - 2009
Avila Centre of English - Avila, Spain
In this post I was teaching in a private English academy in Spain. My responsibilities included: • Teaching classes of children aged 7-9, teenagers and adults. • Across all levels from Elementary to Advanced, including Cambridge Flyers, Cambridge Starters, PET and FCE classes. • Teaching General English and in-company Business English classes. • One to one classes with teenagers and adults.
2005 - 2008
Capita Resourcing - Basingstoke, UK
I joined Capita as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant in December 2005 and was responsible for placing Interim Managers in senior management posts within the Local Government sector. • In June 2007, I moved across to a different area of the business and was promoted to Account Manager. • In that role I headed a team that run complex recruitment campaigns for senior and specialist public sector roles. I was responsible for advising on and organising advertising media and schedules, the creation of recruitment websites, response handling, assessment and short-listing, interviews, referencing/pre-appointment checks and providing management information/statistics at the end of the campaign.
2005 - 2005
Director of Studies
Langbourne College - Bournemouth, UK
Reporting to the Academic Director, I was employed to help set up a new language school. Responsibilities included: • Recruitment of all teaching staff – placing adverts, interviewing and negotiating contracts and pay rates. • Meeting with representatives from all the main publishers, ordering teaching material and setting up of library from scratch. • Designing of all course syllabi and teaching timetables. • Coordination of placement testing and allocation of students to classes. • Observing Teachers and organising monthly training sessions.
2002 - 2005
Coordinator - English Language Training
Bournemouth Business School International - Bournemouth, UK
Promoted form Tutor to Senior Tutor and then to Coordinator within a 3-year period. Responsibilities included: • Co-ordination of placement testing for new students, report writing and student attendance. • Carried out several training courses for teachers, including courses on report-writing, classroom management and teaching techniques. • Design of academic courses for the faculty. • Making observation of teaching practice. • Providing full administrative support to the Academic Management Team • Induction and mentoring of new teaching staff and available to 30 teachers for advice relating to teaching and resources • Teaching Business and General English to multi-lingual classes.
2001 - 2001
Business English Teacher
Linguarama - Munich, Germany
At Linguarama, I gained substantial experience in teaching Business English at all levels and to many different business sectors. Responsibilities included • Teaching Business English within national and international companies • Design of tailor-made business courses
1999 - 2000
Eurolingua - Cordoba, Spain
In this post I was teaching in a private English academy in Spain. My responsibilities included: • Teaching classes of children aged 4-10, teenagers and adults. • Across all levels from Elementary to Advanced, including Cambridge Flyers, Cambridge Starter, PET and FCE classes. • One to one classes with teenagers and adults.
2000 - 2000
Richard Language College - Bournemouth, UK
Here I taught multi-lingual classes of teenagers and adults. I gained further experience of teaching advanced level students, upper-intermediate and Business classes.