I aim to help learners feel comfortable and confident so they can communicate more effectively and reach their goals. I create enjoyable, interactive and customised lessons for all my students.
I am able to use numerous different teaching approaches, having been trained in them and having practised them for years. My experience in teaching using a range of approaches means that I can tailor lessons based on your language needs and interests.
I have taught people of all ages, from lots of different countries, and at all levels (from beginner to proficiency) in Italy for International House, and here in England.
I am happy to help you with grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking, fluency, accuracy, pronunciation, listening, exam preparation, academic English, business English or functional everyday English. I can design a course for your specific language needs, interests and priorities so that together, we can achieve your goals.
Since gaining my CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), I have taught in a diverse range of people in a diverse range of environments.
My first teaching role was teaching ESOL at an education centre, preparing EU students for work experience placements in the UK. I then spent two successful and fulfilling years teaching adults and young learners at International House Reggio Calabria and in Italian state schools. I now live in Leeds, where I have been teaching with Leeds City Council’s Adult Community Learning Team for almost two years.
My teaching experience also includes volunteering as an ESOL teacher for the British Red Cross in Greater Manchester and for an independent charity here in Leeds, teaching refugees and asylum seekers.
A good teacher should always be learning and I have developed a lot as a teacher through these experiences, as well as through more formal ongoing professional development (such as in-service teacher training and observations) in each of my teaching roles. I obtained the International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers, for example, which I achieved while also working full-time as a teacher.
Experience and Core Skills
• Over five years’ experience as an English language teacher.
• CELTA and IHCYLT qualified.
• Designing, developing and delivering courses in ESOL, EFL and Cambridge English exam preparation.
Jan 2021 – present Sessional Community Learning ESOL Tutor, YMCA, Leeds
(I have yet to begin teaching with YMCA due to lockdown restrictions).
Current Voluntary Work
Jun 2019 – present English at Home, and Bike Buddies Volunteer, LASSN, Leeds
• Teaching English to asylum seekers and refugees in their homes or online, keeping lesson records, and sharing materials and ideas with other volunteers.
• Developing the new “Bike Buddies” project, conducting research with potential participants to design and scheme which meets their needs, building networks, and conducting risk assessments.
Mar 2019 – Dec 2020 (redundancy) Sessional Community Learning ESOL Tutor, Cardigan Centre, Leeds
• Motivating and encouraging all learners, involving them in the planning process and maximising participation in all sessions.
• Using assessment tools to assess and record individual learners’ progress.
• Developing and maintaining professional and productive relationships with colleagues at other centres.
Dec 2018 Christmas Casual Temp Worker – Royal Mail, Normanton
• Worked as part of a team to sort parcels and letters.
Sep 2018 – Nov 2018 Actively sought employment.
Jul 2018 – Aug 2018 Planned, organised, trained for and undertook a solo bicycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End raising awareness and over £1300 for charity following the conclusion of fixed-term contract.
Sep 2016 – Jun 2018 EFL Teacher, British School International House Reggio
• Prepared and delivered general English and Cambridge English exam classes to young learners and adults, onsite and externally in state schools.
• Created syllabi and assessments, contributing lesson plans to the teachers’ shared library.
• Mentored colleagues, assisting with their lesson planning and providing opportunities for observation.
• Assisted with extra-curricular student activities at the school, as well as with Cambridge exam invigilation.
Jul 2015 – Aug 2016 Volunteer ESOL Teacher, Refugee Support Partnership, British
Red Cross, Greater Manchester, England
• Designed assessments, course material and lessons for a new ESOL project.
• Provided grammar, skills and functional language lessons to vulnerable, multilingual learners from diverse cultures.
Jan 2016 – Aug 2016 ESOL Teacher, UK Work Placement, Preston, England
• Planned and delivered courses and taught lessons according to the needs, interests and level of English of teenage and adult students from across the EU.
• Conducted enjoyable lessons both inside and outside of the classroom, allowing students to develop fluency in authentic settings.
Aug 2015 – Sep 2015 EFL Teacher, The English Experience (short-term contract),
• Provided effective and engaging English lessons with a communicative focus to Italian children from 6 years of age through to 14 years of age.
Apr 2015 – Jul 2015 Undertook the CELTA qualification and sought employment as an ESOL / EFL teacher.
Aug 2013 – Mar 2015 Centre Manager, New Mills and District Volunteer Centre
• Created, developed and implemented a highly successful Learning and Development Programme for staff and volunteers, resulting in reduced personnel turnover and increased client satisfaction levels.
• Supported and guided the operational teams to effectively meet gaps in community care, responding to the needs of local elderly, disabled and isolated people, resulting in all projects' targets being exceeded.
May 2013 – Jul 2013 Actively sought employment upon return from Africa.
Sep 2012 – Apr 2013 Organic farm volunteer in South Africa.
• Applied organisational and planning skills to create interesting and useful vegetable gardens.
Sep 2011–Sep 2012 Preston Crown Court Service Delivery Manager (Higher Level)
Witness Service, Victim Support
• Due to successful track record as a trainer, selected as Lancashire’s lead on a national Learning and Development programme.
• Successfully managed a team of staff and volunteers to achieve a satisfaction rate of 96% of witnesses very or completely satisfied with the emotional and practical support provided.
2004 – Sep 2011 Preston Crown Court Witness Service Manager (Lower Level),
Witness Service, Victim Support
• As a prominent member of the Learning and Development Team, planned and facilitated multiple successful training courses and conferences, consistently receiving positive feedback from stakeholders.
2002 – 2004 Deputy Witness Service Manager (Locum), Witness Service,
• Implemented a system to improve the monitoring of work undertaken by the branch, which enabled clearer evaluation of data in order to improve service delivery and to attract funding.
1995 – 2002 Sales Assistant, Booths Supermarket
• Interpersonal and organisational skills used to effectively market and sell stock to customers.
2017 International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers, International House World Organisation
2015 CELTA (Pass B awarded), Manchester Academy of English
2006 NVQ4 Management, Lancaster University
2006 Certificate in Management (Merit awarded), Lancaster University
1997 A levels – General Studies (B); English Literature (C); Biology (D), Hutton Grammar Sixth Form College
1995 GCSEs – 11 at grades A-C
2019 Safeguarding Certificate, Education and Training Foundation
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