I specialise in Business English, Conversational English, Pronunciation, Vocabulary & Comprehension
Hello, my name is Laura and I'm from the south of England. I've been teaching English here on Skima Talk for 5 years now and am also an In-home tutor. Like you, I am learning a new language as well. Since I moved to Portugal a few years ago, I'm still learning the language amongst the natives.
You can expect a relaxed atmosphere and if it's our first meeting, an opportunity to assess your goals and get to know one another. Future lessons will then be based around your learning goals. I enjoy using current news articles to read and discuss and getting to know the kinds of topics that interest you, for conversation lessons. I often introduce more native sounding and appropriate vocabulary, expressions and structure to help convey your ideas a little more easily, more smoothly and more naturally. I also correct your pronunciation and grammar where necessary and if required, conduct pronunciation lessons to help perfect those sounds. I always come prepared for every lesson and include full feedback notes in Skype, for your review.
I very much look forward to meeting and speaking with you, helping you to achieve your language goals and helping you to feel more comfortable speaking English.
Skima Talk courses & other resources including a wide range of different topics, scenarios, functions and activities to work through and discuss, while exploring new vocabulary and idioms.
Reading through articles, working on pronunciation, word stress and intonation, exploring new vocabulary and idioms, discussion and/or follow-up questions.
Sample questions & mock tests (Speaking section) Skima Talk writing courses and checking your writing. Please read my students testimonials, including their IELTS success stories.
Free conversational practice, small talk, discussion topics, introducing more natural and native vocabulary, expressions & idioms during natural conversation.
Sample questions (Speaking section) Please read my students testimonials, including their TOEFL success stories.
経営学 › NVQ Level 2
経営学 › NVQ Level 3
外国語 › TEFL/TESOL Master Course (修士)
I started off as a Customer Service Mortgage Advisor and then an Operations Administrator, before being promoted to a Management Information Analyst where I forecasted inbound call volumes within telephone operated departments, for management, provided innovative and creative MI solutions to ensure a process of continuous improvement across the function, collated and distributed MI for all group production functional areas, produced daily, weekly and monthly performance reports, produced ad-hoc reports for management, to help maintain service levels within telephone operated departments, conducted presentations to call advisors, new to the Q-MAX Workforce Management System, conducted Q-MAX system training to those seniors and managers new to Q-MAX, created training plans for new starters on the MI team and carried out the training.
I took a year out during this time, where I decided to travel to New Zealand on a working visa. I traveled a little around the North Island, by Kiwi Experience, of which I visited various places, including the Bay of Islands, Wanaka, Rotorua and ended up in Wellington, where I worked for 3 months part-time, as an Insurance Sales Consultant. I then continued the Kiwi Experience around the South Island, visiting Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, where I did a half-day kayak and hike, Franz Josef Glacier, where I did a half-day glacier trek and a helicopter flight with a snow landing, Queenstown, of which I did a tandem paraglide off of Coronet Peak and then Christchurch. I then went to Melbourne, Australia where I spent 6 weeks over Christmas and New Year, and finally, a month in Thailand, where I visited various places, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ko Pha Ngan. An experience I will never forget!
I worked for 2 years as a Management Information Analyst, where I collated and distributed MI for all group functional areas and company contract holders, produced daily, weekly and monthly performance reports, produced ad-hoc reports for management to help maintain service levels within telephone operated departments, provided innovative and creative MI solutions to ensure a process of continuous improvement across the function, analysed call data and identified key areas for improvement.
ESL In-home tutor