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Highly experienced, qualified and friendly English teacher with 25+ years' experience, offering general English, academic English and prep for IELTS / all Cambridge exams. Native speaker.

About the lesson

Learning is most successful when it’s enjoyable. This is always the starting point.

Each lesson will focus on a particular skill or set of skills and will include recommendations for personalised practice in your own time. I usually use a combination of material from a textbook and supplementary content that I provide, such as reading material and podcasts.

Whatever you find most challenging – perhaps it’s related to fluency in speaking, accuracy in grammar or building your vocabulary – I have almost certainly encountered the issue before and will be able to suggest a variety of ways in which you can develop your confidence and skills. Every student is different and I get to know each person’s interests, strengths and areas for improvement.

There is no shortage of interesting topics that we can cover and this will depend largely on where your interests lie. Films, music, history, politics and nature are just a few of the things I love. Over the years I have come to learn about many new and fascinating topics from my students.

I am happy to provide one-off support with grammar, writing, pronunciation or any aspects of the language you are finding tricky. Equally, a short course over the space of a few weeks can be a good way of boosting motivation for self study. However, over the years it has been particularly rewarding to work with students over an extended period. This has always involved helping them to achieve their personal goals, whether that’s securing the exam grades they need (primarily FCE, CAE, CPE - now called B2, C1, C2 - and IELTS), completing academic assignments successfully or simply improving their ability to express themselves in English.

At the beginning of lockdown, I discovered that online lessons worked very well. Not only did my students enjoy them but many said they found them just as good as, or in some aspects even better than, classroom learning. All my lessons are therefore now online.

I currently have vacancies for adult students only.


  • ESOL (English)
  • Oral expression - English
  • Written expression - English
  • +2




  • English


  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • +19
















    AS Level

    A Level



About Philip

Over the last 25+ years, I have taught students from around the world, from beginners to advanced, in one-to-one and group settings. During this time, I have worked at a number of language schools in London, Edinburgh and Prague, as well as giving private lessons.

In addition to being an English teacher, I am a composer, so I take on a limited number of students at any given time. The benefit of this is that it allows me get to know each student individually and understand their needs. I find the combination of writing music and teaching English a great way of staying inspired and fresh in both parts of my work. I have had the pleasure of teaching people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including doctors, politicians, university students, musicians, entrepreneurs, teachers and many more. I enjoy getting to know every new student, whatever their personal circumstances.

For those of you who are interested in my academic credentials, I am a Cambridge graduate (BA Honours, Music), a qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language and a recipient of a Diploma in Media Composition from the Film Music Institute of Los Angeles (gained remotely), all of which were obtained quite some time ago!

I have also been an examiner for leading UK exam body, OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA).

For those of you interested in the quirkier details, my favourite tree is an English oak, my favourite place is the Scottish Borders and, more controversially, my favourite biscuit is a Jaffa Cake.

RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults, Bell School of Languages, Cambridge

BA Honours (Music), Clare College, Cambridge University



  • 5h: £200
  • 10h: £350


  • £40/h

free lessons

  • 1hr


One-to-one lessons are £40 per hour. The first lesson is free and provides an opportunity to discuss your needs and what you would like to achieve from lessons.

Discounts are available for block bookings (10+ lessons @ £35 per hour), and groups (2+ people – please get in touch to discuss details).

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