Every student is unique with different strengths and weaknesses. I work towards improving these strengths and concentrate, in particular, upon the difficulties students find in learning English whether it is reading, writing, listening or speaking. I use various methods and materials including a bank of original materials (not just text books) I have produced and used over the years. I encourage all my students to do their best, regardless of their ability, and I always set homework to reinforce lessons and inspire confidence.
I work towards achieving a good rapport with all my students and always based upon mutual respect. I feel I have been very successful as many of my ex-students have become friends as well as good students. My last 3 students achieved good IELTS grades (university entrance level at 6.5 and 7.0) and my success can perhaps be measured by the fact that my last company was a multi-national oil company who employed me for the last 10 years for all their English teaching.
I am semi-retired with a background in EFL as well as Mainstream. I have many years of working overseas with college/university/ management level students working towards all Cambridge Exams (IELTS, FCE, CAE and Proficiency). I offer Individual and small class programs from home as well as online support for Beginners to Advanced including College/University prep courses.
I am a polite and friendly person who enjoys teaching and learning with all my students in a warm and informal class environment. I aim for you to achieve your aims and I feel as proud as you do when you succeed!
As for my background, please see my CV for details of my teaching career and the companies and organisations I have worked for.
B.A., CERT. ED., CERT.TEFL.
1970 -1973 Milton Keynes College of Education, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
Awarded: Certificate in Education - Oxford University Delegacy for
Educational Studies - 1973 - Junior/Secondary Trained Teacher
Main Level - English Language and Literature
Main Level - Education/Complementary Studies
Subsidiary Level - Design
1974 Probationary Year completed - Spencer High School for Boys Lewis Road
Northampton (Teacher of English and General Subjects) Boys High School
Dept of Education and Science - Qualified Teacher Status gained 1973
(DES Ref No: 70/70634)
1973 -1976 Open University , Milton Keynes , Buckinghamshire.
Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) 1976
Degree Components: Foundation Course 1973 - 1974
Curriculum Design and Development 1974 - 1975
Decision Making 1975 - 1976
Jan 2015 – Present Home based Part-time Teaching – TEFL to adults
Preparation for Cambridge Suite of Exams – all levels.
English Language courses for IELTS, CAE, FCE, PET AND KET
Sept 2003 - Nov 2014 Wintershall Oil PLC (BASF), The Commercial Centre, Corinthia
Towers Hotel, Tripoli, Libya.
Training Consultant - EFL, ESP to company Trainees and Management.
Liaison and co-ordination with the GM and HR Dept in the design and
implementation of training programmes in Head Office and in the
Head Office duties include sole responsibility for all Cambridge exam
courses (KET -PET - FCE - CAE - IELTS) as well as design and testing of
in-house materials for Presentations courses, Report Writing, etc. for
My role has also included 4 years in the field setting up and
running language courses in remote desert locations in Southern
Libya (Jakhira and Jalo).
Sept 1999 – Aug 2003 Taipei British Institute and self-employed agency work.
Lecturer – EFL and ESP to IELTS, Cambridge First
Certificate students. Business Courses for various companies
including Maersk International Shipping, Canon, Ben QQ
computers,Hyatt Hotel Management, HSBC and various Taiwanese
banks and Insurance companies within the city.
July 1995 – Aug 1999 Higher College of Technology , PO Box 4793 ,
Ras Al Khaimah , U.A.E.
Lecturer - EFL throughout the college to adult students
on Certificate / Diploma / programmes in Business ,
Computers and Technology.
Included design of ESP materials for the above and
acting as Team Leader for many of the courses.
1991 - 1995 Al Manar Scientific Institute , PO Box 2343 ,
Abu Dhabi , U.A.E.
Instructor – English - Travel and Tourism - Business-
Beginners to Advanced Level - Responsibility for
teaching , placement , testing , etc. (Aged 16 - 50 years )
1990 - 1991 Aramco Oil Company , Ras Tanura , Saudi Arabia.
Advanced Industrial Training Centre Instructor -
English throughout the ITC , ESP and on-job training.
1988 - 1990 St. Wilfrid’s School , St. David’s Hill , Exeter , Devon.
( 11 - 16 Co -ed High School )
Head of English Dept. Total responsibility for English
throughout the school ( years 1 - 5) including GCSE and
re-take students. Responsibility for syllabus design
(years 1-3) and implementation of same. Guidance and
support of non-specialist staff in Department.
Responsibility for library and assistance in production of
annual school play.
1986 -1988 ‘English in Exeter’, 42, Longbrook Street, Exeter, Devon.
English Teacher - Teaching English
from beginners to advanced students including First
Certificate and Proficiency . Assistance to the Manager
for the daily operation of the centre including testing ,
employment of staff , contact with overseas agents,
vetting and liaising with families accommodating students and social
programme (students 17+ all nationalities).
1984 - 1986 Exeter L.E.A. Supply Teacher - All subjects in various
comprehensive, middle and junior schools .
Short -term contracts during these two years with MATSS (Gray
Mackenzie ) , Jeddah Islamic Port , S. Arabia .
TEFL to Trainee Pilots and Tug Masters.
IPE , Salmieh, Kuwait City - TEFL to Saudi students of
Getty Oil Company . Evenings to Palestinians and
Kuwaitis . (All contractual obligations fulfilled and
letters of release and no objection certificates available ).
1982 - 1984 Aramco Oil Company , Dhahran , Saudi Arabia.
Advanced ITC Instructor - TEFL throughout the
Industrial Centre including TOEFL to trainees on
out-of-kingdom scholarships. ESP and on-job
1976 -1982 die Insel , Bildungswerk der Stadt Marl , Bergstrasse
(p/time 3 evenings) 2320 4370 Marl , Postfach 1580 , Germany.
TEFL Lecturer throughout the Volkshochschule -
intermediate and advanced inc. Cambridge First Cert.
and Proficiency students.
1981 Cert. TEFL awarded.
1976 - 1982 SCEA (Service Children’s Education Authority),
Edinburgh School , Munster, Germany, BFPO 17.
2 i/c English Dept - Teaching English throughout the
school including City and Guilds Communication
Skills , GCE ‘O’ level , ‘A’ level and C.S.E.
C & G co-ordinator and CSE moderator for school.
1975 - 1976 North Bucks LEA , Wolverton , Bucks.
Supply Teacher - (All subjects) various junior , middle
and comprehensive schools in the L.E.A.
1974 - 1975 Ousedale Comprehensive School, Newport Pagnell, Beds.
Teacher of English to all levels and abilities.
1973 - 1974 Spencer High School for Boys, Lewis Road, Northampton.
1970 - 1973 Milton Keynes College of Education - Teacher Training
1966 - 1970 Ministry of Defence , Old War Office Building,
Whitehall , London , SW1.
Clerical Officer - Various departments.
Perfect! Kevin is a fantastic teacher! He makes you feel so comfortable and at ease. I really enjoy his lessons and he inspires you to learn more and to be confident in your language ability. The lessons were always very instructive, interesting and challenging. Kevin structures the lessons to suit what he sees as my learning needs, taking into account the goals that I have set for myself and he always asks me if there is any topic I feel I have problems with.
Kevin was really encouraging and kept me very motivated and I always looked forward to the next lessons. Moreover, Kevin is not just a great teacher but he has also become a very good friend.
I would honestly and really recommend Kevin to anyone who would like to learn English or improve yourself or get prepared for an exam. Especially in my case, Kevin helped me to improve my academic language skills and my business English as I’m an accountant.
Stephanie was the perfect student in every way. She has a much better command of English than she thinks she has and I hope she continues her studies and takes the CAE exam at some point in the future. It will be a nice addition to her CV and will increase her confidence in speaking. It was a real pleasure teaching Stephanie - I could not have asked for a better student.
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