I'm a CELTA qualified, experienced teacher of English as a foreign language and I specialise in teaching English to Upper Intermediate and Advanced level students. In our conversation time, I track and write down any mistakes you make or phrases that sound particularly non-native for us to look at and correct, so that you develop a sense of your most common errors and how to correct them yourself. (So often native speakers you talk to won't correct you, so my students find this section of the lesson incredibly helpful.)
I also focus on pronunciation and how best to sound more like a native British English speaker. Several of my students have found the pronunciation examples we work on to be vital in reducing their accent and sounding more like a Brit. If you've felt lost with British English because phrases like, "I wouldn't've told him if I'd known" or, "she'll've left by now, so I'll call tomorrow" look and sound like utter nonsense, then I can help! If you still say these phrases as, "She will have left by now, so I will call tomorrow" or, "I would not have told him..." instead, this could be a game-changer for you. You'll be able to talk to your British colleagues or friends far more easily without that 'language barrier feeling' creeping in...
I'm also an actor, writer and singer-songwriter so I have an affinity for creative work, a love of language and experience acting in US as well as UK English accents. I tailor my lessons to each individual student so that you get the vocabulary you need for your personal or work goals. I also introduce you to excerpts from film, TV, literature and music that give you a strong background in cultural references that help you understand more about the language.
But don't take my word for it - here's what current students have said:
"Really enjoy your lessons. Thanks so much again. Looking forward to more!",
"Thanks for the video link of Peter Ustinov - it has all the things we talked about in a nutshell. Very 'thought-provoking' - thanks for teaching me that!"
Study a different subject here - take a creative writing, acting or gym class, anything that gets you side by side with native speakers and having to interact with them.
Yes - it's very easy to learn the basics. But most students hit a 'wall' or plateau at a certain level, especially at Upper Intermediate or Advanced level, when it becomes clear there's still so much more to learn and people don't often take the time to correct your mistakes.
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