My aim is usually to help the student to become more confident in all four skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. I use an initial assessment tool to gauge the level of the student before we start.
After that, I tailor my teaching to the needs of each individual student. So if they want to achieve a score of 7.5 at IELTS, I use course books and mock tests, together with hints and tips, to help them achieve that. If, on the other hand, their main focus is using English effectively at work, we will look at writing emails, telephone technique, etc. My focus is all ways on meeting the needs of the student.
Want to brush up your skills or start from scratch? Whatever level or duration, I am the tutor for you! My aim is to help you to help yourself - with lots of enthusiasm, encouragement, fun & laughter.
I teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Apart from "O" and "A" levels, I have an upper second class honours degree in French and German, a PGCE, a TESOL qualification from Bradford College and a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) in 2011, an RSA qualification in Literacy and Numeracy tuition and certificates in linguistics. I also have DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate which is auto- updated.
I HAVE REDUCED MY HOURLY RATE TO £20 for a limited period, and if you have some friends who want to come along, just add them at only £5 extra per person (maximum charge: £50 per hour). Also, if you book and pay for the first four hours in advance, you will receive a 10% reduction!
I teach in Acomb and in York for the basic fee, but I am willing to travel to other areas of York and the surrounding area. If I come to you, I will need to charge extra for petrol and time, but this is negotiable.
At the moment I am available weekdays any time. I am also available some evenings by negotiation. I teach any age and I can prepare students for the FCE, CAE, IELTS and BULATS exams.
Regarding online tutoring, I have Skype, WeChat and Zoom accounts, and have experience tutoring German and Chinese students online. I charge the same price for this.
And finally ... a personal message to you: don't be afraid to make mistakes - remember the saying "Those who never made a mistake never made anything!" Persevere, don't take yourself too seriously, and enjoy the language-learning process.
I normally charge £25, but I am offering a special winter rate of only £20 per hour! If I have to cancel a lesson without giving a full 24 hours' notice, I will give you a free lesson.
I can also teach in York city centre at no extra charge, or at your home for a negotiable fee.
1981: BA (Hons) 2:1 in Humanities (French and German);
1985: PGCE (French and German);
1991: RSA certificate in Special Needs (Literacy & Numeracy);
2011: CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults);
2018: Enhanced DBS Certificate valid until 06/06/2020
I have taught English as a Foreign Language in many contexts and higher education institutions - for example, in High Wycombe I tutored Korean students to take the IELTS test prior to studying linguistics. In York I have taught general English, academic English and IELTS classes in both the English Language Centre and English in York. I have also taught a number of private students from Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America and South America.
Hello, I have known Richard Brastsington for more than 20 years when he was a SIL missionary in Burkina. Then he was my teacher for learning English. For teaching, I really appreciated Richard who has a pedagogy allowing his students to learn more easily and effectively.
We want you to teach us again!
You have a good style of teaching. We can always pay attention with you.
You help us to learn; you explain well.
You give us good explanations. You correct our pronunciation and give us variety in lessons. You are the best teacher I have had!
To the most wonderful teacher! Thanks for your constant encouragement and support!
Richard listens to [our] discussions
He teaches in a great way!
We can choose the subjects of the lessons!
The students can share their opinions
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