Personal English teacher in Oxford

Your English teacher in Oxford

Your Private English Teacher in Oxford or on Skype

British English Courses (from 1 day to 1 year!)

  • 1-1, 2-1 or 3-1 English lessons in the Oxford area
  • Skype English courses. 6 hours from only £100
  • A combination of face-to-face lessons and Skype
  • Prepare for a job interview (CVs and covering letters can also be checked)

4 easy steps to book your lessons:

  1. Contact me to discuss your course and dates
  2. Arrange a free 30-minute Skype session
  3. Pay your fees (bank transfer, PayPal, Transferwise)
  4. Start your lessons via Skype or 1-1!

Contact me today to book lessons or arrange other services.

General   Professional Examination Culture

A course of personal or 2-1p English lessons via Skype or in Oxford is the perfect way to make good progress. My 20 years’ experience as a fully-qualified English teacher and teacher trainer will help you learn British English quickly, build your confidence and keep you motivated. My teaching style adapts to you because every learner is different.

  • Increase your vocabulary through interesting conversation and texts
  • Exam preparation (IELTS, CAE etc), especially for interviews and writing
  • Grammar help and correction
  • Improve your pronunciation
  • Job interview practice. I help you prepare your answers 
  • Proofreading (for CVs, job applications etc.)  

You can check my availability here.

Try my free mini-lessons:     lower     intermediate     higher


Apart from improving your confidence, an Oxford English course can help you pass a range of English exams, and work more effectively in your professional life through business communication skills such as negotiating and writing emails/reports. 

My private lessons in Oxford are usually 1.5 or 2 hours long and are in the morning, afternoon and after work. Alternatively, you can choose to have convenient Skype lessons. 

Recent students have come from Spain, Poland, Germany, China, Belgium, Thailand, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Italy and Japan!

Business and Professional Courses
Courses are designed to meet your specific language needs. They are given face-to face in the Oxford area, by Skype or in your country (intensive short courses). Contact me for further details or to arrange a meeting.

Exam Preparation
1-1, small group or Skype are all effective ways to prepare for Cambridge English First/Advanced and IELTS exams. Skype is ideal for the new IELTS Life Skills tests (Levels A1 and B1).

English Teachers Abroad
I can help you deal with the more advanced areas of English, brush up your English as well as plan creative and effective English lessons.

Free Trial Lesson
I offer a free 30-minute trial lesson by Skype so you can be sure my private tutorials are right for you. It is also an opportunity for us to discuss what you need in detail. I will be able to tell you your English level and main pronunciation and grammar problems.

Writing Assessment
I offer CV checking, essay correction and proofreading.

For more information about my English courses and language training, please go to:

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Group Lessons
If you are looking for full-time or half-day general English group lessons (max 12 in a class) in Oxford, finding the right school is not so easy. However, I can recommend a good-value, professional language school with an excellent British Council report. Contact me for further details or an introduction.

Free British English Mini-lessons
On there are more than 100 short Oxford English language lessons that you can look at. These include pronunciation, speaking, grammar, listening and writing. You can also find tips for passing English exams such as Cambridge English FCE, CAE and IELTS. New Oxford English lessons are added frequently. Let me know if you have a request.

Each mini-lesson only takes about 5 minutes. Choose your level:   lower    intermediate    higher

I hope you enjoy them!

Ian Barker

All mini-lessons and content © Copyright 2012 – 2016

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Studies suggest that the origin or roots of English, German, Spanish, Hindi, Russian and about 400 other languages come from what is called ‘Proto-Indo-European’ or ‘PIE’. Listen to what it might have sounded like here:

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