Catherine W

Catherine W

Catherine W

Teacher introduction

Hello, my name is Cathie. I am a CELTA qualified English teacher. I previously worked as a Medical Secretary so am very familiar with medical terminology. I am extremely experienced having hosted and taught homestay students for over 15 years from all over the world. I have taught students of all ages and all levels from beginner to advanced. I thoroughly enjoy my job, meeting new people and love showing students the sights in my local area and teaching them about English customs and our lives. Teaching 1:1 or 2:1 is particularly rewarding as I can tailor the course to the student’s specific needs and requirements. This is a very effective way of teaching. I find that students quickly grow in confidence and make great progress while staying with me. I am a very caring teacher and endeavour to make my students feel at home, comfortable and happy during their stay with me. We live in a quiet location a short walk to the sea. My family is very animal orientated.

No smoking Private bathroom available
No smoking Private bathroom

Location information

Location: Sandwich

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Gatwick (LGW) £170 each way


Academic information

CELTA teaching qualification and Diploma of Medical Secretaries
I have vast experience of teaching students from all over the world. My youngest student was nine years old from Thailand and my oldest 64 from Italy, both had great experiences with me. They grew in confidence and made good progress with their English.

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Family information

I live at home with my son, aged 20. My daughter recently bought a house very close to me and is a frequent visitor. We live with my little cockapoo dog called Mabel.

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Teacher’s hobbies and interests

My main interests and hobbies are to do with animals. I enjoy walking the dog on the beach and in the countryside. I competed regularly on my advanced dressage horse who after 30 years of ownership is sadly no longer with me. I now help my daughter Harriet with her horse. We frequently go to horse shows and competitions and go out in the countryside. I also enjoy going to the cinema, running along the beach and am an avid reader.

About the teacher’s accommodation

I live in a semi-detached Victorian house situated in a quiet road a five minute walk from the town which has pubs, restaurants, a cinema and a supermarket . It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which can be for the sole use of a student if required. We have a very pretty garden, this year I am growing my own vegetables. At the back is a horse field where a friend keeps two horses. My home is very comfortable and welcoming. It is of a traditional English style together with a woodburner in the conversavatory where I hold lessons in both the summer and winter. I also have a pianola which the students can use.

About the local area

Sandwich is an exceptionally pretty, quiet medieval town. It has its own cinema, a local supermarket and a few bars and restaurants and is within walking distance of the sea. The Royal St George’s Golf course is hosting the Open Golf Championship in 2020. There are lots of things to do in the local area: swimming pools, cinema, tennis courts for hire, bike hire, many walks, castles, two zoos, museums, many old historical towns and villages and also for the brave swimming in the sea! Westwood Cross, Bluewater and Canterbury are close by for keen shoppers. London is easily accessible from Sandwich and the high speed train can get you there in just over an hour.

Excursions available with this teacher

1 – Visit to Sandwich

Guildhall museum
Richborough Roman Fort & Whitemill Rural Heritage Centre
Walking visit around the rope walk and a visit to St Peter’s Church where you can climb to the top of the Bell Tower for amazing views over the town.

Cost: Free

2 – Canterbury

Canterbury City, Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey
Visit to the attractions and also an opportunity to visit the many shops and boutiques

Cost: Free

3– Manston

Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum and RAF Manston museum

Cost: Free

4 – White Cliffs of Dover

Walk along the famous white cliffs of Dover and a visit to the North Foreland Lighthouse. On a good day you can see France. Also included is a visit to the Fanbay Deep Shelter (a bomb shelter and tunnels from WW2)

Cost: Free

5 – Birchington

Powell Cotton Museum Birchington
Natural history museum of specimens collected on expeditions to Asia and Africa. Also a beautiful house and gardens.

Cost: Free