Private English lessons

Private English Lessons and Other English Language Services

Skype English Lessons
Skype lessons are normally 1 or 1.5 hours. There is more information here.
Please contact me to discuss days and times. Mornings, afternoons and evenings are usually possible.

You can:

  • Improve your speaking skills
  • Learn new words and phrases (with a record via Skype messaging)
  • Prepare for exams (you can send me writing tasks via email)
  • Prepare for job interviews (I can check CVs too)
  • Discuss UK culture and history

The time of Skype lessons can often be flexible to fit in with your schedule.

1:1, 2:1 and 3:1 English lessons
Lessons (face to face) are at your accommodation, place of work or a quiet cafe in the Oxford area.

Each lesson is normally 90 minutes (general, exam, business, academic English, culture etc).
One-to-one lessons are usually once or twice a week but more frequently is often possible.
An English course is normally a minimum of 6 hours of lessons.
I also offer one-to-one sessions for intensive exam, job interview or presentation preparation. 

English lessons (face to face) usually start at the following times (Monday to Saturday):
9:30, 12:00, 14:30 and occasionally 17:00
Additional times may be possible, for example in the evening or on Sunday. 

Lesson content
Individual lessons can be based around vocabulary or focused on pronunciation, grammar or fluency. Most people want a combination. They can also be used for developing exam or writing skills or simply building confidence. For business professionals, we can focus on the English you need for your work. For lovers of literature, you can read a book (outside the lesson) and discuss it during our time together.

If you are an English teacher in your own country and need to check and improve your knowledge of English and prepare interesting lessons, Skype lessons can be ideal. 

All content can be negotiated and adjusted at any time. 1:1 or 2:1 is ideal for people who can’t make enough progress in a class because the level, intensity, content or style is not right for them.

1:1, 2:1 and 3:1 Oxford English tutorials provide accelerated progress for learners who are motivated to improve their English. Private English lessons are particularly suitable for people who need to move from intermediate (B1) to advanced level (C1/C2).  

For people interested in getting to know Oxford, we can include some cultural and historical walks around the centre of Oxford. If you are planning to come to Oxford for only a week or two, contact me to book an intensive 6 or 12 hours per week course. With 1:1 or 2:1, you can do a lot in a short time!

Lesson prices

Please contact me if you need any English language services.

Some of the other English language services I offer:

  • Small group English tutorials and lessons
  • Writing assessment and guidance (ideal for Cambridge/IELTS exam writing improvement)
  • Interview and presentation preparation
  • Short assignments throughout the UK and abroad
  • Language school referral and support during course. I only recommend schools that I know personally
  • Proofreading

Writing assessment
Email me your writing. Your writing will usually be assessed within 5 days and emailed back, with detailed comments.

There are many kinds of writing. It can range from notes and emails to business reports and academic essays. Each type of writing has its own style, structure and vocabulary.

A writing assessment will look at your organisation, sentence linking, choice and range of vocabulary as well as grammatical accuracy. Understanding your strong and weak areas is the first step to improving your writing whether it is for work or taking an exam.

Language school referral
Advice about suitable Oxford English language schools

Contact schools for you and explain what they offer
Advice about what to expect in Britain
Email/Skype support while you study

Please contact me if you need professional help with your English.


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Vocabulary: Adding ‘wise’ to form adverbs

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