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Richard Brassington English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (York)

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  • Acomb (YO26) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 14 Jun 2018
  • Sex: Male
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  • Professional Qualification BA (Hons) 2:1 in Humanities (French and German)
  • Professional Qualification PGCE (French and German); CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) 2011; RSA certificate in Special Needs (Literacy & Numeracy)
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Enhanced DBS Certificate June 2018
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
Want to brush up your skills or start from scratch? Whatever level or duration, I am the tutor for you! My aim is to help you to help yourself - with lots of enthusiasm, encouragement, fun & laughter.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I also teach French at all levels and German at beginner or elementary level for business or pleasure. I help adults to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, and Acoustic Phonetics for language-learning. I facilitate "Learning that LASTS" - a week-long course on how to help teachers make their programmes more learner-centred - based on the work of Jane Vella. I also facilitate parenting courses.
Tell me about your qualifications.
Apart from "O" and "A" levels, I have an upper second class honours degree in French and German, a PGCE, a TESOL qualification from Bradford College and a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) in 2011, an RSA qualification in Literacy and Numeracy tuition and certificates in linguistics. I also have a DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate dated June 2018.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught EFL part-time to individuals and groups at different levels for a number of years, including at the English Language Centre in York. I have taught French and German to individuals and to evening classes, also in York - including to some employees of Nestle. I have devised and taught my own ten-hour course in French for post-beginners. This was well received at the Best Western hotel group. In High Wycombe I have taught Phonetics, TESOL and "Learning that LASTS" for the European Training Programme.
How much do you charge?
I HAVE REDUCED MY HOURLY RATE TO £25, and if you have some friends who want to come along, just add them at only £5 extra per person (maximum charge: £50 per hour). Also, the first introductory lesson is FREE!
Where do you teach?
I teach in Acomb and in York for the basic fee, but I am willing to travel to other areas of York and the surrounding area. If I come to you, I will need to charge extra for petrol and time, but this is negotiable.
When are you available?
At the moment I am available weekdays any time, and Saturday mornings. I am also available some evenings by negotiation.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach any age.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I can prepare students for the FCE, CAE and IELTS exams. I do not offer GCSE French or German.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an enhanced DBS certificate dated June 2018. This will be automatically updated each year.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I am willing to do proofreading and dissertation checking by email and to give some additional tutoring guidance by phone and email, to supplement face-to-face lessons.
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained for my degree at Huddersfield University, for my PGCE at the University of York and for my CELTA at the English Language Centre, York.
Tell me about some of your current students.
For the last three years I have been tutoring two Swiss-French children. I have seen them progress in English from almost beginner level to almost advanced! I have also been teaching a number of refugees from a variety of different countries. They have all begun with very little English, and every one has made progress. The current one has been making very rapid progress - probably the most gifted student I have ever had and a joy to teach. The other current student is learning German, as he needs to communicate with work colleagues. In addition I am doing some work for "English in York".
Do you have a personal message for students?
Don't be afraid to make mistakes - remember the saying "Those who never made a mistake never made anything!" Persevere, don't take yourself too seriously, and enjoy the language-learning process.