Penny-M-W


Penny-M-W

About
Penny-M-W


Teacher introduction

I welcome students to stay in a spacious and comfortable family home located in beautiful Suffolk not far from the coast. Living in a rural village, I provide a safe and calm learning environment with many interesting places to visit on excursion, including the seaside. As a CELTA qualified native speaker of Standard English, I offer engaging and fun lessons to students of all ages in a patient and supportive manner. I like to develop language skills through creative and imaginative teaching. Having graduated in French at University College London, I understand the challenge of mastering a new language. With only two of my five children left at home, I am experienced with all age groups and different stages of the educational process. I have enjoyed a varied career to date and built up a good understanding of various business types. Having once owned a restaurant, students can be sure of good food during their stay!
Teacher home details
Our house, built around 1900, is located in a small village next to the church and was once the post office and shop. For adults, there is a busy village pub a short walk away. The house was fully modernised about 10 years ago. It offers comfortable and spacious accommodation. We can offer two double bedrooms to students, one with an en-suite shower room and the other with its own private bathroom. There are four reception rooms downstairs and a large kitchen. We have a piano for musicians! The garden has a terrace and lawn area with flower borders and is best enjoyed in summer.
Teacher qualifications 
I have a Bachelors Degree and am CELTA qualified. I have worked in Paris and London as a researcher for an international real estate consultancy. I tutored undergraduates at Reading University. My husband and I owned a restaurant in Suffolk. I have been a literacy volunteer in primary schools and am a Governor at the local High School.
Teacher about the local area
Information about the local area of the teacher
Within the village, there are some short walks to do and a visit to the church next door might appeal to some students. Otherwise, most visits will be a short drive away. Framingham, a market town with an historic castle is closest. Other historic towns to visit are Woodbridge and Orford. The seaside towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh are worth a visit. Less than 30 mins away by car are Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Minsmere for bird watching and the Anglo Saxon site of Sutton Hoo. Norwich, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich are all about an hour away and could be an afternoon or longer day trip. Buses and trains are possible to these destinations but involve a car journey to the bus stop/station. There are trains every hour to London and the journey time is just under 2 hours. This is possible for a full day trip but is quite expensive.
Teacher family
I share my home with my husband who is a French chef in his 50’s and my twin sons (2001). My sons love science, maths and computers and enjoy the outdoors too. One of my daughters is in her 20’s. She is studying medicine at university and comes home during the holidays. My sister and her family live nearby and I have many friends locally.
Teacher how to get here by public
Description of how to get here by public transport, including nearest rail and bus stations
For students arriving in the UK at the major airports, they would have to make their way to London Liverpool Street train station and then travel to Ipswich station. If students fly to London Stansted, for a small fee I would be prepared to meet at the airport (90mins away).
Teacher hobbies and interests
Since we are surrounded by beautiful countryside (forests, marshes, heaths and coast) I love walking my two dogs. There is much natural beauty to enjoy. There are many cultural events that take place locally which I would enjoy sharing with students. Knowing my local area well, I would be happy to tailor the stay to suit any particular interests a student might have.
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