I always start a course by assessing my students' language needs and the way they like to learn so that I can tailor a course exactly to suit them. I use a wide range of materials to keep classes engaging.
I teach General English to all levels, give corporate training in Professional English Communication Skills and Train English teachers (CELTA) both in UK and abroad. As an IELTS examiner for 17 years, I also give coaching in IELTS, FCE, CAE.
The first free lesson will be a time for us to meet and for you to tell me exactly what kind of help you need with your English and how you would prefer to learn.
If cancelling a lesson, please give 24 hours notice.
Adele Pennington Dip. RSA
Enthusiastic and motivated to work with new challenges in English Language Teaching and Teacher Training to create enjoyable and memorable learning experiences. A sociable, well-travelled person with more than 25 years of teaching experience in many countries, who can adapt easily to new situations and work efficiently both as part of a team and on her own initiative.
Qualifications and Training
March 2017 - NILE Online Tutors’ course, Norwich Institute of Language
November 2011 - E-moderation – A course for Online Tutors, The
January 2010 - IELTS Examiner Trainer for Nepal and North India
July 2009 - CELTA Tutor refresher training, British Council, Bangladesh
November 2008 - CELTYL Extension, ILA, Vietnam
March 2005 - Train the Trainer, British Council, Prague
August 2004 - Training to become a CELTA tutor, British Council, Singapore.
December 1999 - RSA DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching),
Eastbourne School of English
July 1995 - RSA CELTA, (Certificate in English Language Teaching), Pilgrims
School of English, Canterbury
June 1995 - BA Hons 2:1 in Social Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury
Work Experience Includes
2011 – present Freelance tutor for ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), Tutor for EAP (English for Academic Purposes), EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and ESP (English for Special Needs) for adults and teenage learners.
• Preparing and delivering lessons face-to-face and online to adults and teenagers of all levels and backgrounds.
• Looking after customers’ needs and ensuring safety and a professional level of customer care at all times.
Freelance English Language Speaking Proficiency Examiner. (Cambridge IELTS) • Conducting scripted interviews, keeping to strict time limits and assessing language proficiency.
• Handling confidential materials and following code of conduct for examiners.
Freelance, CELTA Main Course Tutor (Certificate in Teaching English to Adults).
• Presenting input sessions, assessing teaching practice and giving feedback on progress.
• Assisting trainees with lesson planning and teaching methodology.
• Liaising with Assistant Tutors and local teams to ensure the smooth running of the course.
• Planning the timetable and creating training materials.
June – Sept 2016, 2018, 2019 – EAP Tutor (English for Academic Purposes) INTO, University of East Anglia, Norwich.
• Preparing and delivering training sessions aimed at developing Pre-Masters students’ academic study skills.
• Developing academic writing and speaking skills.
• Developing reading and research skills including avoiding plagiarism and referencing skills.
• Developing active use of subject specific vocabulary.
• Assessing learning and maintaining confidentiality of test materials.
• Mentoring trainees and giving both spoken and written feedback on progress.
Sept 2004 – June 2011: Training Consultant, British Council, Kathmandu, Nepal,
• Trainer in Professional Skills Development - Developing and delivering courses in Presentation Skills, Report and Proposal writing, Effective Communication Skills and Customer Care for UN agencies, USAID, Action Aid, ICRC, Government ministries, Call Centres, Trekking Guides and Tour Organisers,
Full time employment includes
October 2016 – October 2017: Academic Director: Teacher Training Coordinator, Marketing: Line managing and running CPD for 12 Teachers, managing curriculums and ensuring student welfare. Norwich Study Centre, Norwich.
January 2014 – December 2014 – Assistant Director: Mentoring teachers and delivering INSETS; preparing and delivering Training in Effective Communication Skills; Presentations and Professional Writing Skills tailored for Corporate Clients and Government Ministries; Writing and delivering IELTS preparation courses. English for All, Kathmandu, Nepal
September 2004 – June 2011: Teacher Trainer, Corporate Trainer, IELTS Examiner Trainer, IELTS Examiner, EFL Teacher for Adults & YLs, Project Co-ordinator: British Council, Kathmandu, Nepal
September 2002 – September 2004: EFL/ESL & YL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, IELTS Examiner, FCE/KET speaking examiner, Professional Development Trainer. British Council, Singapore
April 1996 – April 2002: - EFL Teacher and Academic Year Tutor University of Mobile, Nicaragua, EF International, Brighton, St Giles International, Brighton
• Very good IT skills. Creates and uses engaging materials for Interactive White Boards e.g. Promethean. Has used a variety of online tools for teaching including Moodle, Blackboard Collaborate, Slide Share, Google docs, Zoom, Skype and Whatsapp for teaching.
• Life member of NELTA (Nepali English Language Teaching Association) Presenter at the NELTA Conference (2005-
• Renewable DBS certificate.
• Full Driving Licence.
I took creative writing classes with Adele at the British Council. She explains things well and makes her sessions engaging and interactive. She is very friendly, encouraging and approachable. The matter I learned in her classes paved my way to writing columns in several newspapers and magazines. I highly recommend Adele.
She was my tutor who was my support teacher, she is very sociable, and kind. She has good teaching skills.I got on well with her because she explained well
Adele, as a friend , already has been a person to me, who teaches me different ways to express my thoughts in English as i listen to her speak and express herself in different ways. The simplicity and complexity in the words spoken by her is unique and quite interesting to learn . Really fascinating to learn how somone is fluent with thoughts and speech. Being from Nepal, i feel that Adele masters English literature and grammar even when English is used in our daily lives. Talking to her from time to time has improved my english language skills in a lot of ways starting from my confidence to my ways of expressing. With what it counts, i would definitely ask Adele to be my guide when it come to English practices.
Adele is always kind, enthusiastic, and very friendly. Her experience in abroad make lessons more interesting.
I recommend Adele to anyone who wants to really enjoy learning English.
We had Adele as teacher in an intermediate class in which I easily improved my english of one step to Upper Intermediate. Lessons were Always different and all of us liked her enpathy and professional approach
Adele is one of the best mentors, tutors instructors, facilitators and trainers I have ever met in my journey as a teacher educator. What I like most is her input sessions where she arrives with full preparation and plans and with smiling face delivers her sessions making training session more interactive. During her sessions, she keeps the trainee participants engaged in pair and group activities, let the group leaders of each group present their group discussions and she monitors and prepares feedback. If a trainee attends her training sessions carefully, he/ she learns a lot as her sessions are like demo sessions and a trainee can have sufficient takeaways from her . I had my CELTA from Adele in British Council, Nepal in 2014. During celta classes, she was our teacher, guardian, parent, mentor and a good friend too. What I still remember is her feedback sessions. She is very strict in CELTA classroom . She is very very caring, loving, guiding and supporting to her trainees or students. In my life, I miss her classes in Celta. When I have to prepare session plans for my training sessions, write reports, collect and give feedback, observe classroom and run M.TOT, I recall her productive feedback and effective sessions. Adele is my best tutor/ trainer.
I recommend Adele Pennington without any reservation to all her future endeavours. She worked voluntarily in our documentary Lhosar and several others, as a narrator in our company Gauriputra Films Pvt. Ltd.
Bijay Dev Pant
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