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General

Languages
English, German Mandarin Greek
Native Language
English
Preferred student age
    Secondary school (12-17),
    Students (17-22),
    Adults (23-40),
    Adults (40+)
Teaches
English
Preferred student level
    Pre Intermediate,
    Intermediate,
    Upper Intermediate,
    Advanced

Subjects

English

English lessons for children

I have taught children of all ages from four to eighteen. I have taught all levels from A1 through to C2.

Intensive English

I've prepared students for both Cambridge FCE and Proficiency examinations.

English for beginners

I have taught English to beginners using drawing, total physical response, mime, and a limited amount of the student's target language.

Conversational English

I have taught conversational English to every student I have ever come into contact with.

Working with English people

I've worked in the hospitality and customer care fields with other native English people.

Having English friends

I have friends from all over the world, including the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

Reading and writing English

I studied English literature and language at university. I have a creative writing qualification from Long Ridge Writers Group.

Understanding English movies

I am English. I've seen a lot of movies.

English lifestyle and culture

I am English, born and raised in the UK. I can teach you a great deal about the customs and culture of England. I also spent time living in the USA, so I have understanding of American culture, too.

German

Conversational German

I know enough to say hello and ask a few questions in German. This is from learning the language at secondary school.

Mandarin

Mandarin for beginners

I can say hello, ask people how they are and give basic classroom instructions in Mandarin.

Conversational Mandarin

I can say hello, ask people how they are and give basic classroom instructions in Mandarin.

Working with Mandarin people

I have been teaching with a company based in China since 2017.

Mandarin lifestyle and culture

I have learned something of Mandarin culture from my students and their parents.

Greek

Conversational Greek

I know enough to get around in the shops in Greece, greet people, and pass the time of day.

Working with Greek people

I worked with many Greek teachers at a school in Athens.

Having Greek friends

I have many friends from Greece from my time spent working there.

Greek lifestyle and culture

I lived in Greece for four years. I learned a lot about the lifestyle and culture of Greek people.

About

I was born in a gloomy coastal town in northern England. After spending my young adulthood in Greece and the United States, I returned to my hometown in 2011. My hobbies include learning new things, singing with a band, working out, reading, creative writing, cooking, pets, long walks, comedy, and socialising with friends. I have one son. He is the apple of my eye. His name is William.

My personality is confident and vivacious, yet empathetic. I can cheer up a sad child in a matter of minutes. I can make anybody laugh. I have a bright, enquiring mind. I love helping people. I love to educate. I also love to entertain people.

I believe that education should be lifelong. I know a lot of things about the English language and numerous other subjects. Where there are gaps in my knowledge, I am willing to fill them in the interest of helping others learn, too.

    Experience

    I began my teaching career in the year 2001. First, I taught asylum seekers at a local college voluntarily. I then moved to Athens in Greece. There, I taught English in classrooms for four years. Since early 2017, I've taught English to Chinese children via the internet. I've also tutored children on a one-to-one basis in person.

    In addition to teaching, I create and sell website content for businesses wishing to promote their products via the internet. I began creating revenue from the sale of web content and promotional blog posts in 2007, and have done so ever since.

    I also have experience working in the hospitality and customer care industries.

Teaching Approach

My teaching approach is relaxed, informal, humorous and friendly. I believe the brain can absorb more when a student is happy and content rather than uptight and afraid. Although my teaching approach is informal, I'm very passionate about both learning and teaching. I care a great deal about the success of my students. I'm more than willing to try different approaches until a student has correctly understood what I'm trying to teach them. I get great satisfaction when my students manage to reach a learning objective.