*IELTS Preparation, Academic English and Business English Expert*
My name's Andy and I'm a passionate language teacher from Manchester, UK. I have a BA Hons in English and Philosophy, a PGCE in English Literature and Language, and CELTA and DELTA qualifications to teach English as a Foreign Language from Cambridge University.
I have over 15 years’ experience of teaching English as a second/foreign language in numerous contexts and countries across the globe, including schools in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, teaching in multilingual and monolingual contexts and for all age groups. I also have extensive experience teaching Business English, IELTS preparation courses, ESP (English for Specialised Purposes) and EAP (English for Academic Purposes) including specialised writing courses and exam preparation. As such I feel I can adapt to the varying needs of any student, whether in an Academic English, Business English or General English context.
I previously worked for the British Council for over 10 years where I line-managed teachers for 5 years, conducting formal observations and giving feedback, delivering INSETT sessions and contributing to TKT and CELTA courses. I enjoy working with other teachers and sharing resources, giving advice and learning from each other.
During my last post in Colombia I was also an active IELTS speaking and writing examiner for over five years, so I know the demands of this exam extremely well and know exactly how to tutor students to achieve the band score they require.
My most recent post was as a Teaching Fellow in EAP at University College London on the 12-week pre-sessional course. I taught two groups at different levels for Reading and Writing modules, Speaking and Listening modules and Research Skills. I conducted diagnostic tests and final examinations, and also delivered a Continuing Professional Development session on the use of technology in the classroom.
I have a passion for language and have learned numerous languages to varying levels, including C2 level Spanish, so I know what it takes to learn a language to the highest level, and also pass demanding language exams.
I am an enthusiastic, passionate and experienced teacher and I am sure I can help you achieve your goal, whatever they may be.