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Nilza
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Nilza
« Perfect! It was my first lesson with Giles so far. I enjoyed it, he made feel comfortable and contributed valuable ideas. »
£21/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 1h
Lessons offered by Giles
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • English Literature
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
  • Modern Literature
  • Writing inventions
Levels
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate

Doctor in English literature, poet, writer: teaches Literature, Creative Writing, Poetry, Proofing, and more

Methodology

I give lessons from age 16 to degree level.
I structure my lessons around the needs and requirements of the student, and study the particular syllabus carefully to prepare students for exams.
I listen carefully and encourage students to do their own thinking.
I also give help in proofing and close reading of student and professional texts.
I particularly enjoy teaching poetry, Shakespeare, the Romantics, and Modernism.
I also enjoy teaching Creative Writing, particularly poetry.

Experience

Semi-retired professional and widely published poet with years of experience in literature, proofing, and publishing, experienced in teaching students to degree level in poetry, English language and Literature. I have taught literature classes for Oxford University's Continuing Education department for many years. I also am a proof-reader, have been an editor for Oxford University Press, and am a creative writing teacher.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £15
Rate for online lessons : £21/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £20
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £18
Lessons offered by Giles
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • English Literature
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
  • Modern Literature
  • Writing inventions
Levels
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate

Giles's CV

Qualifications:
1st class BA degree in English Literature, University of Wales 1985
D. Phil Oxon 1992
FAETC 1998


Work: Senior Research Editor – Oxford English Dictionary
2009-2020
My work here involved a variety of tasks: fortnightly catch-up meetings, taking managees through probation, monitoring their work quality, conferring with my own manager and HR over any issues, suggesting training and career development, consulting over day to day work issues, going over their own management and supervision.
My daily work consisted in coordination between different groups within OED, fielding questions from other Researchers, working through OED text as a Researcher, adding quotes.
Influenced by AGILE policies I closely oversaw and overhauled the file sorting process, took a lead in refining the Historical Dictionary checking task, rewrote the guidelines for many tasks.
Among many other skills I have been trained in various software applications, Publicity, Management, Project Management, Inclusivity.

Experience:
Communication:
I am a confident communicator. I feel comfortable talking to large evening classes, and reading my own poetry in public.

Leadership
I have often taught large classes of (mostly very learned) retirees for OUDCE. I am also the father of two demanding and smart teenage children, and the child of a demanding Alzheimer-suffering mother. Each summer for the last 6 years I have planned and driven long family car trips across Europe.

Education
Oxford University, d.Phil 1992 (‘British Poetry of the Home Front’) [1986-1992]
SDUC Lampeter 1st class degree English Literature, 1986

Main Publications
1992 Modernist Poetry and Film of the Home Front 1939-45. (Oxford University Thesis)
1995 Objects on Hills (Folkestone : Crabflower Pamphlets)
1996 Littoral (Oversteps, Sidmouth)
2001 A Spy in the House of Years (Leviathan)
2006 Capital (Salt, Cambridge)
2009 What the Things Sang (Shearsman, Exeter)
2012 The Dumb Messengers (Salt)
2018 The Masses (Shearsman)

Plays performed at Burton-Taylor Theatre, Oxford, 1992-4: H.D. and The Palace of Motherhood.
Poems also published in Poetry Review, Boston review, Raritan, etc.
I have also written academic papers on Exmoor dialect, Shakespeare, Nashe, Jonson, Johnson, and modern poets in relation to dictionaries.

Prizes and Awards
1994 Eric Gregory Award
2010 Commended in the National Poetry Competition
2010 1st prize Cardiff International Poetry Competition
2018 Winner, Periplum Pamphlet Poetry Prize.
2019 1st prize Torbay Poetry Competition.

23 reviews on Giles
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Nilza

Perfect! It was my first lesson with Giles so far. I enjoyed it, he made feel comfortable and contributed valuable ideas.

Giles's response

I've really enjoyed working with Nilza on her beautiful story. NIlza is very good at thinking about the points I make, and this will improve the story as she continues to work on it.

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Luis

Perfect! It was the first class and went quite well. We defined a plan to go ahead based on my interest.

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Kia

Perfect! Giles has been helping me to edit and put together my first collection of poems, he is a great tutor and very knowledgeable. He takes time before each session to read my work and gives very detailed feedback. I would recommend Giles as a tutor.

Giles's response

Kia is an attentive student, open to suggestions about how to improve her work.

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Danial

Perfect! Giles was very helpful and clearly a very experienced tutor. We had a productive introductory session where we discussed my expectations for the class and how to they would be structured. I am very much looking forward to start the classes!

Giles's response

Danial shows himself to be very keen and motivated.

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Aows

Perfect! Excellent teacher and gives you the right path for the best outcomes. I learn a lot from Giles and will be my reference for any forthcoming teaching

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Maria

Perfect! I am really enjoying my lessons with Giles. He's patient and extremely helpful. The lessons help to identify my weaknesses, and improve my grammar and writing style. I have learned a lot after only two lessons, and I look forward to improving my knowledge and increasing my confidence.

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Marco

Perfect! Giles is a very attentive, professional, and helpful teacher. He assisted me exhaustively in achieving my goal.
I highly recommend Giles as a teacher.

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Larissa

Perfect! Giles is a very attentive and generous teacher! I really recommend his classes.

15 recommendations

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Simon

I took several classes with Giles on contemporary poetry and got to know him personally as a result of this. He is very knowledgeable about English literature and about the English language. He has a very open, involving teaching style, preferring to engage students rather than lecture at them. He's very approachable, has a great sense of humour, and is fun to work with. he has teenage children so is familiar with the demands of GCSE and A level, and he has also supervised post-grads. I think he would be an excellent tutor.

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Sarah

Giles is an inspiring tutor with a profound knowledge of his subject and a confidence-giving teaching style where he shares his love of the subject as if you and he were learning together. He is also an excellent poet himself.

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Lewis

Giles is educated, kind and patient.His tireless striving for excellence combined with an in-depth knowledge of his subject recommends itself to any aspiring student wishing to develop an understanding of Literature. I would thoroughly recommend him.
I have known him for over a decade both as a near neighbour and also a parent in the community. Additionally I also know him as a fellow Ealing based poet.

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Mark

Precision, imagination, empathy, excellence. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Giles. A published writer with a D. Phil from Oxford, he has a masterful knowledge of the English language, its history, and its proper usage. I wish I lived closer to him so that I could send my child to work and study with Giles.

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Bill

I recommend Giles without hesitation, as I have benefited from his wise, friendly and deeply knowledgeable tutoring for ten years. Giles prepares his tutorials very carefully and is brilliant at researching interesting and stimulating materials to engage tutees. He is very caring, ensuring that tutorials progress at just the right pace for success. He is very encouraging and a very constructive marker of assignments. He is also rigorous in keeping sight of goals to be achieved by tutees, all with a sense of fun and with humour never far away. Discussions in Giles' tutorials are at a level of knowledge and freedom I have very rarely encountered elsewhere. Why do I recommend Giles? Because I feel I have enjoyed learning from him and that I can always trust him. I am still learning from his courses and I think I always will. I hope you enjoy the same experience!

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Kate

I have been one of Giles' students in adult education poetry courses in Oxford for several years. He is an authoritative and imaginative tutor, always well-prepared for his sessions and relaxed and friendly in class. He is happy to learn from his students' experience and is comfortable and flexible with open group discussions about poetry, English literature, the arts in general, and cultural history. His background in etymology gives him added specialist expertise.

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Peter

I've known Giles for more than a decade. He's an experienced tutor, with a deep knowledge of English language and literature (he's an excellent poet himself). If you want someone who knows how language works and has developed over time, and how it has been used by creative writers of all periods, Giles would be a great choice. Recommended unreservedly.

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Hanne

Giles is an excellent tutor who is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of English. I know Giles as a poetry tutor (both literature and creative writing at Oxford University Department for Continuous Education) and found him very encouraging as well as academically rigorous. He is a hugely experienced tutor and I highly recommend Giles to anyone ambitious to achieve a high standard in English.

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Jason

Giles is a very patient and skilled teacher with excellent knowledge not only of the subject but ways of teaching. He is warm, empathic, creative and fun. He makes you think and enables you to develop.

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Jon

I first met Giles over 20 years ago when I attended a series of poetry-writing workshops he was leading. As a teacher he was always encouraging, sensitive, patient and insightful. Since then we have worked together on a number of occasions, including performing together at the Exeter Festival of Literature. In my opinion Giles is a literary genius, a linguistic phenomenon and a leading contemporary poet. You will be unlikely to find a tutor in English Literature or English Language more passionate, or more knowledgeable, or more experienced, or more accomplished than Giles. I can't recommend him highly enough.

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