* Dear current students. You'll notice that there aren't many available spaces left to book more classes on my calendar in June and the first week of July. I'm presenting at various conferences in this period which means there are several working days where I won't be teaching as normal (so these are not green on my calendar). Apologies if this makes it difficult to find spaces to book more classes and any delay this causes to your study programmes! I hope you can still find spaces on the days I still have available. Let me know if you have any problems. All bookings already made throughout this period will obviously go ahead as planned. I will be back to normal full working hours from the second week of July on. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about this. I look forward to seeing you next class! Many thanks. Matthew
I am a fully qualified English Teacher from Bristol, England. I hold a Masters with Distinction in History from the University of Birmingham. Prior to this I received full training and certification as a teacher in the UK. I've been teaching for years and I really love it. During my career I've gained lots of experience with all types of students and levels. I've had students who don't know the days of the week all the way up to students studying for the Cambridge Proficiency Exam. Presently I specialise in the intermediate and advanced levels, helping students to gain certificates to enable them to study at universities or for professional purposes.
Whatever the exact level of the student, my general approach is more or less the same. I am able to quickly ascertain a student's capability from a short conversation and use this to design a tailor-made plan of study. Depending on the needs of the student, this could include specific areas of grammar that need work or aspects of writing skills. Classes are heavily based in conversation practice and correction, with the necessary study elements taught at different points during the 60 minute talk. In this way, subjects can be covered with speed, with concise follow-up homework tasks reaffirming this knowledge gained in class - then ready for revision in the following session. My approach attempts to avoid the burden of language study with short, focused tasks as part of dynamic sessions. The combination of this with a tailor-made package of study enables the student to progress much more rapidly than in traditional group study. Furthermore, such a technique is particularly useful for online 1-on-1 learning, an area I have been working in exclusively for the last 3 years, delivering over 2,500 sessions!
Finally, I strongly believe that students need to be relaxed and enjoying themselves to get the most from sessions. I endeavour to achieve this as a teacher by ensuring a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and through this, delivering dynamic and engaging sessions, pushing the student to achieve their full potential improve rapidly. Get in touch and we can work together to create a programme of learning that works for you and sees you progress with speed!