I believe that the best approach to learning is to use as many real life resources and materials in the lesson as possible. Students learn best when learning relates to their own lives and is useful and interesting. My mantra is that we all learn through our mistakes and I can point out each and every mistake made and give the necessary links and guidance on how to rectify them. I believe it's also very important to have a good trusting relationship between teacher and student and also that as everyone is unique, lessons are tailored to the individuals needs as they arise in class.
Would you like to learn to improve your level of spoken and written English? I teach English with an emphasis on pronunciation to through Skype and other platforms. I am particularly interested in and focused on improving the spoken skills of my students as I believe that this is a difficult area of English and important, too. Learning about English pronunciation helps give my students confidence when speaking and improves communication overall. I also encourage reading and give set readings to my students each week as I believe that this is crucial. I also guide students towards a deeper understanding of the contrasts between spoken and written English and the importance differences between formal and informal English. Most English language leaners are more acquainted with the formal version of English and as a result find it hard to feel comfortable and at ease in friendly, informal settings.
I have lots of experience of teaching English and can provide a specially made plan for your learning based on an initial assessment. I realise that many people who would like to improve their English and gain new skills and qualifications do not have the time to attend college and would like private lessons at a time that is convenient to them. If you live in London and would like affordable classes, this could be for you!
I offer well planned and fun classes with opportunities for practising and using skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. I am an English language teacher with over 25 years experience of teaching many different levels and abilities. I am highly qualified with an Honours Degree in Philosophy, (University College, London) a teaching degree (PGCE from the Institute of Education, London) a CELTA (International House) and my subject specialism is in ESOL. (GPRLS, SVUK). I hold both QTLS and QTS statuses for secondary schools and for further education colleges,
Here are two recent quotes from current students of mine:
“ Polly is a thorough teacher. She always goes further to deliver a high level of knowledge. Her classes are dynamic and flexible according to the student’s needs for improvement. I do recommend Polly's classes highly”
Ana Beatriz L. S. Jabbour, Assistant Professor, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil.'
"I’m glad that I have been working with Polly for almost 5 years. Her classes are the best ones I have had for decades. She offers a customised learning process, she is a perfectionist, and can empower and develop students’ potentials towards their maximum achievements. Her high-level teaching is ideal for academics that need to learn real British English and she has a desire to reach the most sophisticated levels of English grammar, pronunciation and of being immersed in British cultural aspects. She has been able to combine cutting-edge English knowledge and dynamic didactic strategies with a fully-supportive and friendly approach, moving students towards their professional and personal dreams with the necessary confidence. I do hope I will continue my Skype classes with Polly for many years to come. Additionally, I do recommend Polly’s classes to any student who would be looking for the best of British English."
(Charbel Jabbour, Brazil, Associate Professor Level III, UNESP – Sao Paulo State University)
I also teach English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and can help higher education students with dissertations or with specific language necessary for their study or professions. I have also been guiding new TEFL teachers through the CELTA exam and supporting them with areas of grammar.
I have worked as an English teacher in private language schools on the continent, on community projects in south London, in secondary schools and in further education colleges. A good knowledge of English in all its forms is very important for people's lives and I have a passion for helping students achieve their goals and improve their language skills. I have taught Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life exams for many years and have achieved a high pass rate in all four modes; Speaking and listening, Reading and Writing. I am also experienced in teaching towards Trinity exams which can be sat for as external candidates. I have a good understanding of the exam system in the UK and on the continent (CEFR) and can thus help you choose the correct exam route for you. I am knowledgeable of CAE, FCE and IELT’S exams. I am aware of the need to acquire certain English language exams and can help you to achieve them.
I can help students, every step of the way on their way to obtaining these qualifications. I am also an experienced Citizenship teacher and can aid students in learning about life and culture in the UK and studying for the UK's Citizenship test.
I teach all four skills ; reading, writing, speaking and listening but believe that speaking and pronunciation skills are of the most importance I am also adept at teaching towards individual exams and have a brilliant pass rate for different exams. I recently achieved 100% pass rate for a group of students sitting for a speaking and listening exam. I am good at researching the skills required for exams and planning lessons accordingly.
I also offer general English language classes and can cater to all abilities and levels although I am particularly interested in helping upper intermediate and advanced learners. I believe that it is very important to establish the strengths and weaknesses of the student in the initial lesson. Thereafter, I plan a course of learning for each student that we will follow throughout our lessons together. I note that some trainee teachers often need some help with their written work or applications, I have a large amount of experience in this area and may be able to help with this too.
I can also help with those who need to sit the B1 exams for spousal visa applications, assist with dissertations or with writing cover letters for job applications. I also teach citizenship for those wishing to naturalise in the UK.
In addition, I can offer a proofreading service for essays, CVs and dissertations too.
Classes via Skype are really effective, especially for developing spoken and written skills.
I am generous with my time. An in depth weekly homework email is provided with reading, listening and sometimes writing set tasks.
Mary Clare Cook (Polly)
July 2013- present
Freelance English language teacher (English for Academic Purposes & TEFL) with a specialism in advanced levels and pronunciation. My main focus is to improve confidence in my students' spoken skills. I have developed my own system of teaching and learning with a focus on reading set texts and encouraging students to talk in depth about them, thereby improving confidence in speaking, vocabulary and also grammar. We also learn all the sounds of English and develop a better understanding of grammar through anaylsing mistakes.
ESOL tutor to 16-18 year olds and adults learning English. Responsibilities include administrative duties, pastoral care, liaison with organisations and community groups, lesson preparation and course planning. Teaching functional skills and Entry 1-3 in Cambridge Skills for Life exams also currently teaching Entry 1-3 ICT.
Private Tutor (Self Employed)
July 2007-July 2008
Teaching English to Eastern European adults on an individual basis. The students require tuition at an intermediate level and specific language for work purposes
Latin American Golden Years Club, London
Working within a budget from Lambeth Social Services and The Big Lottery Fund, the aim was to set up and run an English Language course for elderly South American refugees. This involved liaison with the local council to ensure continued funding and promotion of the project. Responsibilities included teaching essential basic language, literacy, ICT and numeracy skills using key issues such as ‘Health’ and ‘Leisure’ as vehicles to teach these skills to the client group. The work involved writing reports to government and funding bodies and the South American media. This was a very successful example of a community project implementing it’s goal of lifelong learning for it’s clients.
Private Tutor (Self Employed)
Teaching English Language to a group of South American adults at beginner level. The students were in the process of improving their language skills in order to progress in the workplace and to communicate with the wider community.
English Language Tutor (Self Employed)
Holmewood Nursery School, London.
Organising and running three ‘Surestart’ funded projects for parents of children attending the nursery which was run over three consecutive terms. The clients were refugees and asylum seekers and required intensive assistance with their literacy needs. I produced a scheme of work for each term, individual lesson plans for each class and regular reports on the progress of the project.
Mosaicist (Self Employed)
Trained and exhibited as a mosaicist. I also helped set up a new company making and selling mosaic mirrors with fellow artist
Lambeth College, London
Teaching English to students with mixed abilities and from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Tutoring students and contributing to their welfare. Ensuring students’ progression. Liaising with local community groups in cases where referral was required. Organising group outings to the library, art galleries and on day trips to the coast. Attending team meetings and keeping folders and all information organised and up to date.
❖ Fulltime parent and publicity officer for the PTA of my children’s school.
Tomlin’s Restaurant, London.
❖ Responsible for overseeing staff, planning menus and preparing food. Generally maintaining high standards of service,food and health and safety.
Teacher/ Seminar Organiser.
❖ Teaching Business English. One to one and group teaching to students with specific linguistic requirements.
❖ Duties involved preparing lesson plans, assessing needs of students and teaching grammar, writing, reading and speaking.
❖ Reading, current affairs, cinema, swimming and gardening. I am also keen to apply the skills I have acquired in my leisure time in a classroom or work context and aim to use a multi media approach to teaching.
February 2009.TDA funded Return to Teaching course.
1990-1991: PGCE. English and Media Studies. Institute of Education, London.
1984-1984: RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. International House, Spain.
1979-1981: BA (Hons) Philosophy.UCL London.
QTS and QTLS in secondary and further Education sectors
GPRLS in ESOL..
I have been working with Polly since 2014. She is an excellent, inspiration English teacher. When we met, my English was a very basic one. With Polly's support and unique methodology, my English has improved immensely. For example, I have just scored 8.5 in IELTS (Speaking and Conversation). I do recommend Polly for people who are interested in high level English for academic purposes.
Polly is passionate about helping students to achieve their targets and to improve their communication skills. Polly’s teaching style is focused on students’ demands and continuous improvements. She is good at polishing up students’ English pronunciation. Her classes are based on emerging topics from world’s news, which makes her classes very inclusive and multicultural.
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