Hi, I'm Ben! I enjoy teaching English to speakers of other languages. I will assess your needs and prepare tailored lessons to suit you. I particularly enjoy communicative and task-based teaching, where you learn by speaking and listening, reading and writing about things that are important to you, and you practice for real-life activities using English. I can help you gain the vocabulary, grammar, and skills you need for all this. Because of my education and professional background, I should be particularly good at teaching English for academic purposes, and teaching writing skills, but I will be happy to focus on whatever you want to learn.
Relevant background and experience:
- Worked in the English Language Teaching department at Oxford University Press
- First class BA in English language and literature from Oxford University
- Distinction-level MPhil in criticism and culture from the English faculty at Cambridge University
- PhD in art history from the Open University
- As a trained copy-editor and proofreader, I have worked with graduate students, academics, and professional authors, including non-native English speakers
- Completed a CELTA course (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at International House Bristol in April 2019
Availability: If you book me early enough, I can teach between 8am and 10pm (UK time) 7 days a week. I am more likely to be available between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
I can travel up to 2 miles from Bristol city centre to teach you in your home or in a cafe or bar – I particularly like North Street, Bedminster.
For more distant students, I charge extra for travel, or I can teach via Skype at no extra cost.
Willing to travel: 3 miles
As part of my CELTA course at International House Bristol, I did 6 hours of teaching with small and medium sized groups of students, who were at pre-intermediate and upper-intermediate level. I taught a range of skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and different areas of grammar and vocabulary. I got lots of valuable feedback from my tutors and fellow trainees. My teaching practices were assessed and my scores counted towards my pass. I also did a further two hours teaching at the school after the course.