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Peter Connors

@peterconnors

University of Sheffield
Library & Information Science
Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Language Skills

  • English (UK): Native
  • German: Advanced
  • French: Advanced
  • Italian: Intermediate
  • Serbian: Elementary

Interests


Price (25 min):

10.00 Coins Book Sessions

* This price is for free conversation lessons.

Rating & Experience:

(4.81)
230 sessions 111 Ratings Cancellations: 0 No-show: 0

Introduction:

I teach English for business, legal, education or leisure purposes to people from all backgrounds.

My name is Peter and I am a native English speaker. I divide my time between living in the North-West of England and in Serbia. I have the CELTA qualification and spent six weeks teaching English at the Alpadia Summer Camp for overseas students held at Keele University in England in 2016. I returned to Alpadia in the summer of 2018. Later in 2016 I spent 10 weeks in Germany, and then to start 2017 I spent a month teaching English in a school in Spain. I returned to Germany and spent six months teaching Business English in companies in Darmstadt and Frankfurt. My students included laboratory technicians, HR professionals, IT specialists, managers and - memorably - firefighters! I returned to the UK in October and resumed my SkimaTalk lessons. In November 2017 I took a course on Teaching Live Online and so have extra skills to help my SkimaTalk students. I spent four weeks in August 2018 teaching at International House Manchester.

I studied French and German at Oxford University and so I know how difficult - and rewarding - learning a foreign language can be. I am now learning Serbian. I like to share my enthusiasm for languages (but especially English) with my students.

I spent 20 years as a solicitor in commercial law firms, specialising in the law relating to the provision of occupational pensions and so can give specialist teaching to people who are learning English for business or legal purposes.

I am also very keen on the arts. I have had several reviews of orchestral concerts and operas published by Bachtrack. I go to the theatre and cinema, and to museums and art galleries and I read a lot. If students have similar interests I can build lessons around these topics.

I am happy to teach people who wish to learn English for other academic or professional purposes, in order to travel to English speaking countries, or just for fun.

I find discussion of other cultures endlessly fascinating and find teaching students from around the world rewarding. I love the technical aspects of language too - grammar, pronunciation and so on are a joy to me.

Teaching Specialty:

Writing › General

I can help you use appropriate English in your writing, whether it is an email to a friend, a job application, an article for publication or a business report.

English Basics › Grammar

I love grammar! The way language works is fascinating. I hope to share my enthusiasm with my students.

Business English Basics › General

I spent 20 years in a commercial law firm and so can help anyone whose aim is to work in a business or legal environment. As a solicitor I used to train junior members of my team to write business letters and reports. I can do this with you too.

Everyday English › Free Conversation

General conversation can be a lesson in itself of a part of a mixed lesson. I like to include a conversation element in lessons as it keeps both teacher and student alert. You never know what direction the discussion will take! It can reveal strengths and weaknesses that can be looked at in more detail later.

Résumé:

Education:
1979 - 1983
Oxford University
Foreign Languages › French Language & Literature (Master)
1984 - 1985
University of Sheffield
Other › Library & Information Science (Master)
1991 - 1993
Manchester Metropolitan University
Law › Law
Work Experience:
2005 - 2010
Halliwells LLP Professional, Scientific and Technical Service
Legal
I was a partner in a firm of solicitors in Manchester. I specialised in the law relating to occupational pensions and in this capacity acted as director of the firm's independent trustee company.
2010 - 2013
Gateley LLP Professional, Scientific and Technical Service
Legal
I joined Gateley LLP along with the other members of the pensions team from Halliwells. I was a partner of the firm of solicitors in Manchester and continued to specialise in the law relating to occupational pensions. I acted as director of the firm's independent trustee company.
2014 - 2016
Age UK Cheshire East Other
Sales / Customer Support
I worked as assistant to the manager in a charity providing services to people aged over 50 in the local area.
2016 - 2016
Alpadia Education
Teaching Professional
I spent 6 weeks teaching English to overseas students at the Alpadia Summer Camp held at Keele University, UK.. I returned to Alpadia in July 2018 for 4 weeks
2017 - 2017
Colegio Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Education
Teaching Professional
I spent a month teaching English to Spanish teenagers in a school in Gandia, Spain.
2017 - 2017
Words Words Words Ltd Education
Teaching Professional
I worked for six months as a self-employed English teacher giving Business English classes in and around Darmstadt in Germany. Clients include major companies including Merck, Lyondell Basell, Infraserv Hoechst and T-Mobile.
2018 - 2018
International House Manchester Education
Teaching Professional
I spend four weeks teaching English in Manchester to adults from many different countries.
Certifications:
2016
CELTA
I took the CELTA course at the Manchester Academy of English

Rating

Overall: 4.81

Teaching Skill
4.81 (/ 5.00)
Feedback
4.80 (/ 5.00)
Enthusiasm
4.88 (/ 5.00)
Punctuality
4.88 (/ 5.00)
Voice/Video Clarity
4.68 (/ 5.00)

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