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At OTUK, our native English team brings together interesting and enthusiastic teachers from a range of diverse professional backgrounds. Our knowledge and experience goes beyond just standard English teaching and many of us are bilingual, having spent time living and working overseas. Each teacher has his or her own specialist subjects, natural teaching style and personal interests.

Richard

Richard i

Age: 64
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Polish (intermediate)
Background: B.Sc., TEFL, MBA
Teaching experience: 25 years
Specialist subjects: General English, Business English, Exam Preparation

My name is Richard and I am a British ESL tutor from Manchester in the north of England. My teaching experience covers the UK, Asia and Europe. I am currently based in Spain and provide one-to-one tuition via Skype. As well as offering general English courses, I specialise in business English and exam preparation – including Cambridge (FCE, CAE), TOEIC, Trinity and IELTS.

Before becoming a teacher, I spent 20 years as a Management Consultant and Trainer. I also hold an MBA and understand the requirements of higher business courses and degrees. My lessons always focus on the individual level and study goals of the student, in order to ensure content is relevant and classes remain engaging. In my spare time, I enjoy writing books, listening to music and playing electric guitar.

I look forward helping you with your English!


Richard
Phillippa

Phillippa i

Age: 29
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Mandarin Chinese (basic)
Background: TEFL, TESL, Montessori
Teaching experience: 13 years
Specialist subjects: English for Kids, Exam Preparation, General English

My name is Phillippa and I am from the South-East of England. I am an Oxford University graduate with 13 years of tutoring experience. I began teaching English in Taiwan, where I lived for over three years. There I taught in all kinds of settings including cram schools, adult language centres, businesses, and privately. I also spent two years as Head of English at an elementary and junior high school, where I set up an English programme entirely from scratch. Now I’m back in the UK, I teach exclusively online to students from all around the world.

I have taught all aspects of EFL to students of every age and ability from kindergarten through to postgraduate students and other adults. As well as helping with general English skills, I can help you prepare for your English proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge YLE, etc.), or teach you how to communicate in Academic, Business, or Conversational English.

I deliver personalised lessons that are different for every student. Every lesson, I will consult with you and I will regularly evaluate your level so that I only teach you what you need/want to learn. Throughout my many years of teaching, I have developed innovative techniques and exercises that guarantee improvement, even in difficult areas like grammar and pronunciation (where textbooks often fail). What’s more, I will provide you with study tips and techniques in addition to delivering lessons that are well-structured with regular reviews of what we are learning. This ensures that you actually remember what we learn in class. So you’ll improve in no time!


Phillippa
Luke C.

Luke C. i

Age: 31
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Korean (intermediate)
Background: BA English, TESOL
Teaching experience: 6 years
Specialist subjects: Conversational English, Exam Preparation, Business English

My name is Luke and I live in the Midlands. After studying English Language and Literature at university and then training to be a teacher, I taught English in South Korea for 5 years. I can speak Korean fluently and have extensive experience of dealing with learning issues related to Korean and Asian students.

After South Korea, I moved to Hungary and taught Business English to company staff members. At that time, I also began to teach IELTS preparation. I now teach General English and IELTS Skills in England to a wide range of students with varying ages, nationalities, levels and goals. I believe this all-round experience makes me an adaptable and effective teacher.

In my classes I emphasise the importance of clear and regular advancement. Each lesson should produce an identifiable improvement that can be reinforced and then built upon. I specialise in grammar and pronunciation but can help learners with any area of their English studies. I gauge the individual needs of each student and create a tailored course to suit them. If you are ready to get started, I am sure I can help you improve your English!


Luke C.
Chris

Chris i

Age: 52
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), French (intermediate)
Background: BA in English and Philosophy, TEFL, Callan Method
Teaching experience: 20 years
Specialist subjects: Exam Preparation, Conversational English, Academic English

Hi, my name is Chris! I am English, and I live in Cardiff, in Wales. I have been teaching English for about twenty years at language schools, privately and online.

I offer formal classes on vocabulary topics, grammar, and areas of exam preparation, as well as conversational English lessons. I also have experience of preparing students for FCE, CAE, CPE and IELTS exams. I use a variety of teaching styles to suit each of my students, including the Callan Method.

I like to encourage self-study through homework between lessons and am happy to help you with any areas of your English that you would like to improve. All of my lessons are tailored to suit your individual level and study needs so the course is always relevant and interesting.
I look forward to helping you with your English!


Chris
Sarah

Sarah i

Age: 26
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Spanish (intermediate), Portuguese (intermediate) 
Background: TEFL
Teaching experience: 3 years
Specialist subjects: Business English, Exam Preparation, Academic English

My name is Sarah and I am from Liverpool in the north west of England. I have been teaching English for 3 years now; in Africa, South America and Europe, and I have experience teaching of all ages, levels and subjects! Although I specialise in Business English, I am also passionate about creating unique and engaging lessons to really focus on improving the fluency and confidence needed to develop your English to the highest standard.

I always strive to provide individually tailored lessons and love students who are as involved in the learning process as I am! Whether you want to focus on delivering that key presentation, passing your IELTS exam or just improving your general conversation skills, I am here to help you every step of the way. Whatever your goals may be, I look forward to assisting you with your English. 


Sarah
Michael

Michael i

Age: 35
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Russian (intermediate).
Background: CELTA, Diplomatic Service
Teaching experience: 2 years
Specialist subjects: General English, Business English, Medical English

Hi! My name’s Michael and I’m a professional CELTA qualified ESL teacher. In the past, I taught general English at private language schools, but I now prefer to bring my creativity and enthusiasm to the online classroom with a diverse range of students from around the world. I’m an Environmental Studies graduate, speak good Russian and worked for the Diplomatic Service for almost ten years; gaining a range of overseas experience, which has helped me with my online English teaching.

My lessons are engaging and highly relevant to the needs of my students and I enjoy teaching with OTUK because it gives me the chance to treat each student as an individual and address their specific study goals.

Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and young son and helping with volunteer projects in the local community.


Michael
Ian

Ian i

Age: 59
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Russian (intermediate)
Background: TEFL
Teaching experience: 16 years
Specialist subjects: General English, Business English, Exam Preparation

My name is Ian and I live in Luton, which is approximately 50 kilometres north of London. I have been teaching English for more than 16 years in the UK and Russia and have experience of teaching students at all levels and ages. I enjoy all aspects of teaching and love to see students achieve their goals, especially with IELTS exams, where many of my students have obtained scores of 8.5 (9.0 being the maximum). I have written 3 books and thousands of news articles, and run businesses for myself and others.

No two students are the same, so I adapt my teaching style to take this into account. I like my students to enjoy their lessons, so you will find they contain some humour, which I believe makes them more fun and the learning process much easier. I will provide all the material you need and much of this will contain easy to follow examples. I also use a different method to help with pronunciation, and this technique automatically helps to apply the correct stress for the word and to deliver it with an English accent.

I look forward to speaking with you soon and helping you with your English.


Ian
Gabriel

Gabriel i

Age: 35
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Turkish (Upper-Intermediate)
Background: MA Applied Linguistics, CELTA
Teaching experience: 11 years
Specialist subjects: General English, Exam Preparation, Academic English

Hello! I’m Gabriel and I’m from Brighton, England. I’ve been teaching English for 11 years to people from all over the world. I currently live in Bulgaria, but have lived in Turkey, Russia, England and various countries in the Middle East.

I’m currently finishing off my MA in Applied Linguistics and English Teaching at Portsmouth University. I find linguistics, teaching and learning fascinating and love tutoring and learning languages. Having learned a foreign language myself, I know what it’s like to try and stay motivated and to strive towards your learning goals, so I empathise with my students as we work together to achieve your targets.


Gabriel
Amy

Amy i

Age: 29
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Spanish (proficient) French (studied to A level), Russian (basic) Arabic (basic)
Background: BA (hons) in English Literature, CELTA
Teaching experience: 4 years
Specialist subjects: English for children, Exam Preparation, Academic English

After earning my CELTA at the British Council, I spent a year teaching in Mexico City, working with a wide variety of students; from children to radio station staff and teaching business English classes at a drinks company. I fell head over heels in love with the place and its people.

I have been teaching online since returning to the UK and find my work fascinating as it allows me to learn about other countries and cultures through my students. It is an extremely rewarding job and I am very proud of the improvements my students make and their results in exams like IELTS.

I am a real language geek and spend my free time memorising alphabets and learning vocabulary. Unfortunately, I find it difficult to dedicate myself to one language and so have a handful of words for about twenty different ones! I am a very energetic person and involved in many athletic pursuits. My other interests include art and writing.


Amy
Brian

Brian i

Age: 51
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Russian (basic), Turkish (intermediate)

Background: MA Education, BEd, TEFL 
Teaching experience: 28 years

Specialist subjects: Business English, Interview Preparation, Exam Preparation

Hi! My name is Brian and I am a British EFL teacher, currently living in Turkey. I work with around two thirds of my students on Skype and I also have a range of face-to-face private lessons here in Izmir. I have spent many years teaching group classes, but now focus on individual tuition across a wide range of abilities from pre-intermediate to advanced. I also do some teacher training for EFL tutors.  
 


I have successfully prepared over 50 students for IELTS and have also worked with a good number of students preparing for top-level interviews and presentations in corporate settings. Most of my students have specific study goals, but others simply want to improve their conversational skills for travel, social or business interests. I use engaging, topical material during my classes and many of my students also bring their own ideas and projects to the lessons.  
 


I love travelling, music, culture and most of all – being on the beach! As a language learner myself, I really understand the challenges and the fun of acquiring a foreign language. I look forward to helping you achieve your study goals! 


Brian
Jonathan

Jonathan i

Age: 34
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Italian and Spanish (basic/functional)

Background: Joint Honours Degree Politics and Sociology, CELTA

Teaching experience: 5 years

Specialist subjects: Business & General English, Exam Preparation & Academic English, Job Interview English

My name is Jonathan and I live in the beautiful city of Palma on the island of Mallorca. I have been teaching English and linguistics for just over 5 years, both in the UK and across Western and Eastern, and have taught students from a wide range of different language backgrounds and cultures.

My experience before teaching was in the sphere of Human Resources and I have worked within some major multinational organisations based in the UK. I specialise in business English, as well as, job interview and exam preparation. Given my business background, I am able to engage with my students on a commercial and operational level and empathise with the professional challenges they face within their specific disciplines and industries. As such, we can use English within the lessons in a very implicit way which will really help you when you need to use it for real in your day to day business activities.

I also have particularly strong depth of expertise in preparing my students for the IELTS, BEC and CPE exams and love to have a shared goal and achieve the desired outcome. I will be with you every step of the way and show a level of commitment which will inspire your own work ethic for the exam.

I provide all of my students with material for the entirety of their courses and each lesson has a clear and defined goal.


Jonathan
Luke P.

Luke P. i

Age: 24
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Russian, German, French
Background: CELTA, BA Hons German and Russian Studies
Teaching experience: 3 years
Specialist subjects: General English, Exam Preparation, Typical Russian Mistakes

Hello! My name is Luke and I am a British English teacher from Stroud, which is a small town in the county of Gloucestershire in the South-West of England. My hobbies include reading and playing games (board games, card games and computer games). I have a CELTA qualification from the Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology and I have a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Russian and German Studies. I speak British English, Russian, German and a little bit of French.

I provide lessons over Skype, specialising in conversational English, English grammar and IELTS preparation. I can also provide lessons in general English and job interviews if required. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your English-language development.


Luke P.
Sophia

Sophia i

Age: 52
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native)
Background: TESOL, Business & Marketing
Teaching experience: 10 years
Specialist subjects: Business English, General English, English for Marketing

I am a professional English Teacher with ten years teaching and business experience. I have taught adults in further education colleges in London and recently I have been working with Russian and Eastern European children at private English schools in Varna.

Previously, I worked for Sony UK in business and marketing; organising trade shows and travelling world-wide. I also worked in customer service, public relations and publicity. I gained valuable experience dealing with different cultures and helping them improve their English.

My qualifications include a post-graduate degree in teaching – specialising in EFL, a Diploma in Business & Marketing and a TESOL Certificate. I have lived in the UK, USA, Africa and Bulgaria – I believe this helps me understand the needs of my clients. My hobbies include dancing, writing short stories and enjoying nature.

I would love to teach you and look forward to having a good student-teacher relationship. My lessons will include a variety of up-to-date topics that I will adapt to help you achieve your personal goals. I am really looking forward to hearing from you!


Sophia
Jacki

Jacki i

Age: 56
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native), Greek, Bulgarian
Background: BA hons Fine Art, PGCE
Teaching experience: 19 years
Specialist subjects: English for Kids, Exam preparation, Academic English

Hi! My name is Jacki and I am looking forward to teaching you. I am from theUKbut moved toBulgarialast year. I now enjoy my new life in a small mountain village with my husband, two dogs and two cats. I am a very experienced teacher and have been teaching in schools and colleges for 19 years. I am a friendly, enthusiastic tutor who believes that education should be fun. My priority in teaching you will be to make sure you learn the English language skills you need at a comfortable pace. I am skilled in teaching both children and adults and always ensure that my lessons are lively and motivating. I fully understand that learning a new language can be challenging as I am now learning to speak Bulgarian, consequently I always work patiently with my students.

As well as teaching, I write articles about art, interior design and architecture, I enjoy painting and photography and I am passionate about art history. I am widely travelled and have had many exciting life experiences. My interests and background enable me to communicate with you about many useful and fascinating topics. So your English lessons with me will never be dull!


Jacki
Rufus

Rufus i

Age: 33
Nationality: British
Languages: British English (native)
Background: TEFL
Teaching experience: 3 years
Specialist subjects: General English, English for IT, Job Interview Preparation

Hello, my name is Rufus and I am an English teacher from Lincolnshire in England. Currently, I am living and working in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, where I teach an advanced adults’ group in class and an intermediate student online. I also teach classes of children aged between 7 and 17 years old in schools and children’s camps. Previously, I have taught groups of pre-intermediate, intermediate, and upper intermediate adults. In addition, I have helped one student prepare for an IELTS speaking exam and I have covered some conversational English classes.

It is my strong desire to teach online much more because I strongly believe in a personalised approach to teaching. I want to teach you the English you want and the English you need. I also want you to be able to learn at your own pace. I know from personal experience how important this is. I am a friendly, approachable and understanding person with a good sense of humour. Learning English with me should be a pleasant, fun and comfortable experience for you.


Rufus

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