Brian C

Central England

Brian C

I became an English teacher following a long career in computing, IT and business services, including 20 years with the Global Business Services division of a major international IT company. I have also run my own agricultural business.As each student is different, I enjoy being able to plan lessons to meet the needs and goals of each individual and then see the rapid progress made by them. I always seek to make the lessons relevant and interesting as well as effective. I have lived and worked in several countries and so I understand what it is like to live away from home in a different culture. Therefore I help students to feel welcome and at home in the UK. As I have worked as software engineer, project manager and in business services, I can teach Business and Professional English, English for IT, as well as General English.

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Location information

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire| View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): Bristol (BRS) 60 minutes, Birmingham (BHX) 60 minutes

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Birmingham (BHX); Bristol (BRS)

Heathrow airport supplement: +£80 one-way

Nearest railway station: Gloucester

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Academic information

I have the CELTA to teach English as a foreign language as well as a BSc degree in Engineering. I’m a chartered engineer and a Prince 2 and PMI certified project manager. I recently completed a course to teach English to people with dyslexia.

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 Family information

I have three children who are grown up and have moved away. Two live in Brighton and one in Bristol, but I still see them regularly. I also have four grandchildren. I enjoy cooking with an emphasis on healthy eating in both English and European styles. I also cook gluten-free and vegetarian meals when needed. The nearby Cotswold Hills and the Forest of Dean provide plenty of opportunity for country walks. I enjoy watching football and rugby (Gloucester has one of England’s top rugby teams). I also have an interest in history and archaeology. I am a member of a local church. You would be welcome to join in these activities.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

I live in a typically English semi-detached house in the northern part of Gloucester and within walking distance of the town centre. There is a garden at the back for relaxation when the weather is good. Your bedroom is comfortable and well-furnished, with views over the garden, and it provides a quiet, private space whenever you need it. I have one cat.

About the local area

Gloucester is a regional city in a beautiful part of England. There is an impressive ancient cathedral (which was used in the Harry Potter films) and other interesting historic buildings. The docks have been redeveloped as a leisure area with museums, shops, restaurants and pubs. However, large sailing ships can still be seen there. The docks also host a number of festivals and exhibitions throughout the year. Next to the docks is a designer outlet centre where you can buy discounted designer brands of clothing and housewares. The city lies between the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Forest of Dean, an ancient woodland. Both provide refreshing and interesting country walks and quaint villages with good pubs. Nearby Cheltenham is an 18th century spa town, nowadays known for theatres, literary festival and horse racing. The city of Bath, about 1 hour away, is a world heritage site due to its architecture, Roman remains and connections with the author Jane Austen. Other sites of historical interest include Stonehenge (a 4,500 year old monument) and Old Sarum (a 2,500 year old hill fort).

Excursions you can take with your teacher

Walking – Walking in the beautiful countryside around Gloucester and visiting quaint Cotswold villages with traditional English pubs.

Cost: Free

Stonehenge or Old Sarum – Visit to either Stonehenge, a 4,500 year-old monument consisting of three circles of standing stones or to Old Sarum, a 2,400 year old hill fort and the remains of an 900 year old royal castle.

Cost: Stonehenge costs £17; Old Sarum costs £7.

Bristol – Shopping trip to the city of Bristol, with an excellent range of shops, cafés, restaurants and things to do.

Cost: Your choice

Cotswold Farm Park – Get close to a range of farm animals; bottle-feed a lamb; hold chicks and rabbits; milk a cow. Other activities depend on the time of year.

Cost: £11

Go-karting – Drive a go-kart and race against other drivers.

Cost: £15 +