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Nigel Houghton - IELTS Teacher in London

Nigel Houghton IELTS Tutor (South West London)

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  • Battersea (SW11) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 22 Jun 2018
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Westminster
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  • Professional Qualification B.Sc(Econ) Hons, M.A
  • Professional Qualification CELTA
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
No two learners are the same; my teaching is therefore shaped to fit the learner. Whether I am teaching someone who is preparing for an exam or someone who wants to be able to do business in English, the individual’s needs comes first.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
IELTS: I have developed a number of new methods for helping people achieve an overall band score 6.5 , 7.0 or 7.5. Whether you have already taken the exam, but not achieved your goal or are planning to take the exam for the first time, I will help you improve both your language skills and your exam technique.

I also teach Advanced English and Business English for executives wishing to do business in the UK and internationally. In the last 12 months I have also worked with a number of younger people who are preparing for GCSE English Language or for entrance exams.
Tell me about your qualifications.
B.SC (econ) Hons London School of Economics and an MA from the University of Minnesota. I am a qualified CELTA teacher allowing me to teach adults English at all levels. I have considerable international business experience and teach executives at the highest level. I am a qualified mediator and an award winning film maker
What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught at school, college and University level. I have also designed training courses for business and government departments, including a short course on how to do business in China. In addition I have produced a major English language course for the Japanese market. I now specialise in one-to-one English language training and have worked at all levels from pre intermediate to Advanced and IELTS. Most recently, clients have included: medical professionals, students preparing for IELTS and senior executives of international companies. Much of my work is helping students to pass exams, but I also assist with writing speeches, dissertations, business plans and presentations. In the last few years I have taught Students from China, Mongolia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Russia, Italy, France, Switzerland, numerous African countries, Bangladesh, Palestine and Syria. The vast majority achieve their goals. In official government inspections, I have been fortunate enough to have my teaching rated as outstanding.
How much do you charge?
.Business English: £50 an hour. IELTS: £45 an hour (If you want to study with a friend the fee falls to £35 an hour).
Where do you teach?
I leave the choice of venue for teaching to the student. I am happy to teach at the student's home or they can come to me. Travel is within the London area. For short term contracts, I have travelled abroad. I also teach online - skype
When are you available?
My hours are flexible.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I usually teach students aged 18 and upwards from pre-intermediate to IELTS and English for Business purposes. I do occasionally help younger overseas students who are applying to schools in the UK.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
IELTS, English at all levels and specialist business English
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Not required
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I tutor using Skype
Where and with whom did you train?
I studied for the CELTA qualification in London at a leading training College.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have been teaching English at all levels for about 10 years. And have developed a specialism in IELTS instruction. Later this year I will be launching a website with a unique take on getting students to prepare for the IELTS exam online. In the last 18 months, I have worked with a mix of learners: IELTS students who were trying to score 6.5 or more - some who had particular problems with writing. All improved their overall scores. I have also worked with numerous executives. In addition, I continue to provide long term tuition to a number of senior international business executives some of whom I have helped develop their businesses in Britain - discussing current trends, making introductions to potential buyers and investment opportunities. Relevance is at the core of my approach to executive tuition - designing English language tuition for executives to match their business needs. If you want to know more about what students think of my teaching, I can provide you with contact details.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I will work with you to achieve your goals, but inevitably you will have to do much of the work. My one promise is that the lessons will be interesting, effective and enjoyable.