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Lessons offered by Simon
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESOL (English)
  • Vocabulary - English
  • Oral expression - English
  • Written comprehension - English
  • Oral comprehension - English
  • Written expression - English
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

If you want to speak and write in English with assurance, I can help you. I am a native Englishman, over 60, ex BBC employee, published writer and actor. I've done it all my life !

Methodology

I teach the way a student learns - once I have helped you to discover or develop that ability. I teach for results not qualifications. If there is no value to you in the subject, there is no point it forcing you to learn it. The ability to spell for example is no longer required, but the skill of knowing you have spelt the word you intended to use most certainly is. Auto correct only removes the red underline, it may not leave your sentence making sense.

Experience

I was born and bred in London, I worked at the BBC for over ten years, I wrote magazine articles for high street publications and now I am an actor. I am a qualified lecturer and have taught Computer skills for two decades as well as basic research skills at Foundation and Masters level.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £20/h
Lessons offered by Simon
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESOL (English)
  • Vocabulary - English
  • Oral expression - English
  • Written comprehension - English
  • Oral comprehension - English
  • Written expression - English
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

Simon's CV

Recent contracts : Mad Science
Teaching 5 -11 year old children the basics of Science - hands on. Current

Codecamp UK
Teaching 5-13 year old children to code web apps Sept - Oct 2018

Ongoing : MD Tortoisesoft Enterprises / 1999 - Date
Volute - contracts (including May -
mahanartcentre.com Sep 2018)
curvesareus.com.au/
Multiple web site contracts including sites for the NHS

Recent contracts : Codecamp AU
Teaching 5-13 year old children to code web apps April - May 2018 Oct 17 - Jan 2018

Unspecified Actor - multiple rolls Throughout 17/18
Big Picture Eye Health Jan 17 - July 2017 IOS and Web App Medical dev work 6 month contract. NDA

Dynamic Web Training July 2016 - Jan 17
Providing training in web technologies, HTML, HTML5, CSS3, HTML emails, Responsive web, to private and corporate clients. Classroom Management.

TAB corp Sept to Dec 2015
Creating internal web advert pages - see (concealed information)



Ongoing : MD Tortoisesoft Enterprises / August 2013 -
sept 2015
Volute - web dev contracts

Started in 1999 - continued to date




Sessional Lecturer – Foundation Campus London - Sep 2011 – Aug 13
Computer Science Birkbeck University



Two days per week. UFP International students – transitional course IT to full CS in three modules. MFP Computer Innovation course (experimental) Also providing tutor coverage for up to 15 students.
I developed my own web based portal using Joomla CMS to act as an electronic interface for distribution and collection of work and posting of class notes etc. Each student had a private area on the site with the ability to post communally questions and hints for other students. This system worked very well despite being totally un-funded and experimental. It ran for two years.

Feb – May 2011 Sessional Lecturer – WLC
Teaching British Computer Society diploma – Professionalism in IT. West London College – exam resit tutoring.

January 2007 – August 2010 Sessional Lecturer – NTIC
Nottingham Trent International College (Kaplan). Students ranged from totally fluent English speakers to minimum ESL pass rated. Ages, 18 to 23 aprox. Class sizes, 1 to 16.
Sessional lecturing in :-
‘Algorithms, Programming and Data Representation’,
Foundation to computer programming and systems, logical think and problem solving, creation and development of computer programs using Pascal, Visual Basic and finally, BBC Basic.

‘Introduction to Audio-visual Science and Multimedia’
Basic understanding of the physics behind the problems which need to be understood and solved by computer interfaces designers and users. Basic physics of light and sound, introduction to analogue waves and digitisation, manipulation. storage and and reproduction. Creation of working multi-page websites including flash and javascript animations.

‘Personal and Professional Development’
Including basic learning skills, ethics, legal requirements of the IT industry, time and stress management, report writing, for Diploma and Foundation undergraduates at Nottingham Trent International College – feeder to 2nd year NTU.
Also covered Academic Skills. Left to move to London.
Previous employment 1976 onwards:-

July 2003 – August 2005 Test Consultant ANT Cambridge Contractor
Nov 2000 – July 2003 QA Test Engineer Permanent
1993 – Nov 2000 Programmer / Web designer Freelance
1991-2000 self employed part time contracting as below:-
1993 – 2000 Writer Freelance
1997 – Nov 1999 Programmer / Graphic Designer ECS
1995 – 1997 Part time Computer Technician NCC
1997 Computer Consultant Mat’s Millions Carlton TV
1991 – March 2000 Part time Lecturer SNCFE

Teaching Web design and Internet technology - City and Guilds level 2 7261-425. Teaching computer literacy to students aged 15 to 60. I also have given evening classes to adults at the college for over six years. My normal duties included one to one teaching of students, setting up, maintaining and running the computer network, creating all the source material for and designing the outline of two certificated IT courses at Entry and Level 1 for Special Needs students for eight years. Also provided teacher support and teacher training at many local Nottingham schools.

Nottingham Chamber of Commerce: Outreach NVQ2 IT at Hyson Green youth club. My task was to get six 17-year-old males to pass a year course - in two months – which they did. Excellent ‘customer facing’ skills required here !
Private Tutor: Individual tuition of Special Needs students, deaf and physically disabled, providing personalised computing assistance and information.

1988 – 1990 VT Engineer / Editor (Permanent employment) Central TV

1978 -1988 BBC Television Full time BBC TV Centre London
Television Centre, White City, Lime Grove, 'BBC Enterprises' in London - extensive Quadruplex VTR work. Editing, studio recording. Often broadcast BBC1 or BBC2 output for twelve hours at a time. Programmes included Dr Who :-)

1976 - 1978 Trainee Technician Apprentice Post Office Telecoms London

QUALIFICATIONS
1996 Nottingham Trent University Certificate in Education. Cert. Ed.
1982 BBC Engineering Training . Degree level electronics and broadcast television.

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