Chris W


South England

About
Chris W


Learn English with a fully qualified, experienced, native speaker as your tutor, in the historic seaside town of Ramsgate, on the East Kent Coast.  You will be living in a beautiful, large, comfortable house, in your own well-equipped room, with me and my wife, receiving regular visits from our two grown-up children who still live nearby. In the past, I was a professional artist with, still, a great interest in painting. I am also a writer of historical fiction and a busy local musician, playing electric bass with three local bands.

No pets at home Wifi available at home Teacher pick-up from airport
No pets WiFi available Teacher transfer

Location information

Location: Ramsgate, Kent | View a map of this location

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £140

Heathrow (LHR) £260

Nearest railway station: Ramsgate

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Academic information

I have twenty years experience as a Teacher and hold the Certificate in Education as well as the University of Cambridge C.E.L.T.A. qualification. I also hold the NVQ4 in Occupational Health & Safety Practice.

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Family information

I live with my wife Barbara in our large elegant house in Ramsgate. We have four grown-up children: Stewart lives in Ramsgate, as does our daughter, Lizzie, with our grand-daughter, Harper; whereas, David moved last Summer, to Scotland, with his wife and two young children and, James now lives and works in Hong Kong. Barbara and I visit Scotland regularly and have managed, so far, one trip to Hong Kong. With a professional background in illustration, I am a keen painter, often of maritime subjects. I have been a passionate historian all my life and use my knowledge in my writing of historical fiction. A seasoned musician, I play electric bass with three very busy bands locally: folk, rock and blues. As a family, we listen to a wide range of music and enjoy going to the cinema.

 

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About the teacher’s accommodation

We live in a large, comfortable Victorian house. It was built in 1850 and is close to all amenities, on the bus route and, ten minutes walk away from the railway station and the beautiful harbour with its’ rich restaurant, cafe and pub culture.Our guest room is large and comfortable, with a double bed, study facilities and television. A shower room and toilet are on the same floor.

 

About the local area

Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate all have a rich maritime history and cultural heritage, with links to Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Buchan, Wilkie Collins, Joseph Turner and Vincent Van Gogh, among others. The area has rich restaurant, cafe and pub culture, with many opportunities to listen to live music. The architecture is beautiful, with many examples of the best in 18th and 19th Century architecture. Nearby there is the medieval town of Sandwich on the River Stour and Canterbury is only a half hour away, by train or car, with excellent shopping and many buildings of cultural and historic interest. Also easy to visit are the other coastal towns of Deal, Walmer, Folkestone and Dover. Swimming, tennis, horse-riding and gym training are available locally, with Kent County Cricket Ground in nearby Canterbury.

Excursions available with this teacher

A vist to Margate – A visit to The Turner Centre (Art Gallery), followed by coffe at the Old Kent Market and a walk round Margate’s Old Town with its’ niche curio shops, galleries and museum.

Cost: Free

A vist to Canterbury – Visiting one of a number of cultural heritage sites in the city. These could include: Canterbury Cathedral, The Chaucer experience, Canterbury City Museum. A walk round the shops if desired or one of historic or architectural interest.

Cost: Cost of Cathedral entry £12.50

A visit to Broadstairs – A visit to Dickens house (a museum dedicated to the author Charles Dickens). A walk on the promenade and the beach. A drink in a local pub or coffee in a local café.

Cost: Free

A visit to Walmer Castle – A visit to Walmer Castle, originally built in 16th Century but added to considerably in 18th and 19th Centuries. It has been, traditionally, the home of the Lord Warden of The Cinque Ports, notably, the Duke of Wellington. Coffee and Light lunch.

Cost: £7.90 and cost of lunch

Explore Ramsgate – Visit the Augustus Pugin House and The Maritime Museum in The Royal Harbour. Lunch in one of the many cafes or restaurants available.

Cost: Cost of lunch as appropriate