I have over twenty years’ experience of teaching students from a very wide range of backgrounds. My key strength is my ability to motivate and inspire my students by designing lessons for your specific interests and needs.
During our first free lesson I'll assess your level and discover your goals and interests. Do you want to pass an exam like IELTS, CAE, FCE or TOEIC? Maybe you need to improve your academic writing skills before beginning a university course in an English-speaking country. Or perhaps you just want to improve your conversational English for travelling and socializing. You need Business English for meetings, presentations and emails? No problem! Discovering your interests allows me to motivate you by choosing language topics that you'll find fun and stimulating. Assessing your differing abilities in language skills (speaking, listening, pronunciation, reading, writing and vocabulary) will allow me design lessons that focus on your weaker areas. It's also important to discover what type of learner you are. Analytical students improve through a grammar-based approach while others benefit from a more holistic, communicative approach. I never teach the same lesson twice because every student is different.
Lesson by lesson you'll increase your fluency and confidence, improve your accuracy and notice your vocabulary grow. I believe that retention/memory is a big part of language learning so I frequently review the vocabulary, language structures and pronunciation features I've taught you to keep them fresh in your mind.
All you need to study online is a laptop/desktop and a good internet connection. Choose me for friendly, professional lessons-I'll definitely give you100%!
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I TEACH ALL LEVELS EXCEPT BEGINNERS ONLINE AND ALL AGES ABOVE 12 YEARS OLD.
General English (Elementary-Proficency)
Exams: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, FCE, CAE, CPE.
English for Academic Purposes
Improving Written English Discourse
I have taught adults and teenagers in Italy, Spain, Greece, Japan and London and am the Director of Studies at Language Studies International Language School, Hampstead, London.
(see CV below for details)
DELTA 2007(Coursework- Distinction) from Stanton School of English
CELTA 1995 from Trinity College London
Masters Degree in Linguistics-Merit- 2016 from University of London (Queen Mary)
Bachelor of Arts: Sociology and Social Policy – Second Class Honours – 1993 from University of London (Royal Holloway)
Fire Marshal, First Aid, Safeguarding/Prevent Training (Level 2) all up to date. DBS Checks up to date.
3 A Levels including English Language – A
September, 2017-present. LSI Hampstead. Director of Studies. Duties include syllabus design, staff recruitment, lesson observations with feedback sessions, preparation and presentation of teacher-training tutorials, cover teaching, pastoral care of students, collecting and responding to student feedback and the many administrative/maintenance tasks necessary to running a busy language school. During my second year as DOS, an ISI inspection graded us as ‘outstanding’. I hope I am maintaining this standard by listening to and acting on student evaluations in order to better tailor our classes to their specific needs and motivating my wonderful teaching staff, yet being sympathetic to their needs too.
July-August, 2017: LSI Ealing Summer School. Director of Studies. I was responsible for setting up the first LSI Summer School at West London and Hammersmith College. Duties included recruitment, staff training, lesson observations and syllabus design with integrated social activities. The school was a great success, allowing LSI to run it each year. The company were very pleased with my teaching methodologies, organizational skills and hard work, offering me a permanent DOS position at LSI Hampstead.
June, 2012-2016: University of Reading. English for Academic Purposes Tutor. I worked as an EAP Tutor on the three-month pre-sessional courses run during the summer. We prepared overseas Masters Students for their forthcoming courses and TEEP exams. The focus is on developing receptive skills, critical thinking, meta-cognitive skills and autonomous learning. Duties included pastoral care of students, testing, marking of projects/essays and advising and motivating students in one-to-one tutorials. During these courses I have been given highly positive observation feedback by the Course Directors.
April, 2005-May, 2016: Language Studies International, Central London and Hampstead Branches. Senior Teacher. As well as teaching a wide variety of classes, I was the Senior Teacher responsible for the syllabus design and organization of Study Skills – IELTS and TOEFL preparation classes taught by myself and three colleagues. I was the only teacher to be offered a full-time contract in my first year at the school.
August, 2003- February, 2005: Shane Language School, Japan. EFL Teacher/School Manager. I taught a wide range of ages and abilities and was the Senior Teacher at the company’s largest Kanagawa district school. There I was responsible for mentoring and training inexperienced teachers (including observations and ongoing CPD), timetabling and liaising with the District DOS. Further duties included running teacher development workshops, induction of new students, organizing teacher-parent evenings and opening the school each morning. My student feedback rating was the second highest of the twenty five teachers in my district.
February, 2000-July, 2003: Francis King Language School, London. I taught Business and General English to a wide range of nationalities at this well-respected school. Duties included producing student needs analysis and maintaining academic records.
September, 1999- January, 2000: Private Tuition in Alicante, Spain. One-to-one classes with Spanish children.
September, 1998-Februrary, 1999: Evendine Language School, London. The school was mainly focused on preparing students for FCE, CAE and CPE.
October, 1997- April, 1998: MMT Language Centre, Milan, Italy. Teaching Business English and ESP at various companies in the city.
January, 1996-June, 1997: Katsianos Language School, Athens, Greece. Here I taught children of all ages, the oldest of which were taking PET and FCE.
August, 1995- December, 1996: The National Foundation for Educational Research, Slough. I worked with a team collating research required for the production of GCSE exams. Duties involved marking, testing and keeping of administrative records.
Other Interests and Pursuits
I have lived in Japan, India, Italy, Spain and Greece and travelled extensively around the globe. This has given me a great interest in meeting people from different cultures and an open-minded attitude to life.
In parallel with my teaching career I have played lead guitar in a number of semi-professional rock bands (once performing on the main stage at Reading Rock Festival).
I enjoy football (watching and playing) and chess.
Intermediate level Japanese and a little conversational Spanish.
Perfect! Gavin has been an excellent tutor specialise in academic English. He is patient and enthusiastic and really helped explain grammar concepts in a clear and understandable way. I highly recommend him and wouldn't hesitate to book him again in the future.
Li-Wei is a bright student with exceptional written English. He works hard and understands concepts quickly. His main interest is in improving his written academic English and he needs help with advanced grammar.
Gavin was my English teacher in London. He is an amazing and caring tutor and gave me all the attention I needed in my process of learning this beautiful language. Also, he was patient with all my mistakes and had always a smile on his face. It’s very hard to find a person with his energy and good predisposition to help his students. I would choose Gavin over and over again.
Gavin is a really friendly, talented and helpful tutor, I had a chance to train English with him, which was really productive. He is quite good at teaching all skills. I would say I've improved a lot when study English in his class. I firmly recommend him to all students that you will improve your English at the end of your course.
Gavin may be the best tutor I've ever had. He was my teacher in London and played a remarkable role helping me to achieve the score I needed for TOEFL. I scored 110/120, attending his classes for 4 weeks. He has great experience transferring grammar rules and stimulates students to speak all the time asking question with regard to different topics. This helped me by virtue of the fact that this method stimulates students to expand their vocabulary and use different idioms. It is important for all Tests (IELTS , TOEFL and CAMBRIDGE) exams to be able to use directly vocabulary at a high level. To this point, only a teacher who has grreat experience with these exams could helped me and considering my results, Gavin did a great job. I would like alsonto succinctly accentuate that during his classes he supported me with extra materials and exercises, while he explained all my questions. In light of the above I am completely satisfied with Gavin. He has the capacity to analyse and explain difficalt rules in English at a simple way, so that everyone can understand them very quickly. I would definitively recommend him as a great Tutor.
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