Teaching

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About me

I trained to be an English language teacher in Budapest in November 2003 – a very cold but enjoyable experience – gaining my Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults or CELTA at grade B. I then went on to teach in  International House language schools  in Portugal, Latvia, Poland and the UK, and at a private language school in China. During that time I also achieved a distinction in my Cambridge certificate in teaching English to under-16s or CELTYL. I’ve now passed my Trinity Diploma in TESOL with International House Bristol and have experience teaching EAP at Cardiff University and general English in Bristol.

I have recent experience teaching academic and conversational English to undergraduates and children in Sri Lanka, where I went in October 2012 with the charity Challenges Worldwide. I blogged about my experiences here.

During my career I’ve taught lots of different people – from a Portuguese nun, to Chinese businessmen and Georgian teenagers. I’ve prepared students for academic work, IELTS, the Cambridge exams FCE, CAE, Proficiency, Young Learners and BEC business. I’ve also been fortunate to lead teacher training sessions on subjects as diverse as Teachers as Leaders, and Recycling Vocabulary.

In total I have 3.5 years full-time teaching experience and 4 years part-time experience.

Learn English with Nicky

I am now teaching English to professional adults in Bristol on a freelance basis. I offer:

  • classes somewhere convenient for you
  • a learning plan designed for you
  • personalised material including authentic articles, podcasts, websites and exercises
  • intensive and long-term courses
  • honest feedback on your language, and support to improve

Student feedback

“Nicky’s lessons have been greatly helpful in reaching my goals for the IELTS. She was able to see quickly my weaknesses and, consequently, to offer me lessons and exercises adapted to my level.

It was also easier to work on my own by using the sum up and the audio file that she sent me each time.

Finally, Nicky is a really nice person, full of positive energies and patience.   I deeply recommend her service to you – your English will be grateful for it!!”

Fabien, project manager from France – achieved IELTS level 6.5 overall

“Nicky is an excellent teacher. She helped me a lot, especially with my speaking skills. She is friendly, and her lessons are enjoyable. I strongly recommend her.”

Olalla, accountant from Spain

 

Contact me

If you’d like to discuss learning English with me, either on your own or as part of a class, then please get in touch.