Harpal C


Harpal C

I am a English language teacher and have taught students at all levels. In my experience, learning English whilst staying in the home of your teacher is a very effective way to make rapid progress with your language skills. I understand that every student has their own aims for wanting to study English and I plan lessons around my student’s needs and goals. When teaching I make learning interesting and fun. One area where students have asked for help recently is preparing for formal English examinations for example IELTS.

Before I became a home stay teacher, I worked in the insurance industry. I am able to use the skills from working in Insurance and have adapted my lessons to effectively teach students English in a business environment. I really enjoy being a home stay teacher because I meet many interesting people from different nationalities. In addition I find teaching a very rewarding experience especially when I see the progress my students have made with their English at the end of their stay.

No smoking Children at home Wifi available at home
No smoking Children at home WiFi available

Location information

Location: Sanderstead, London | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): London Gatwick (LGW) 30 minutes

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Gatwick (LGW); Heathrow (LHR); St Pancras Eurostar

Nearest railway station: Sanderstead

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Academic information

I have the TrinityTESOL to teach English as a foreign language. I have a HND in business and finance.

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 Family information

I live with my husband who works an IT consultant. He’s interest include going to the gym, playing squash, reading science fiction books and photography. We have two sons Pavan who is studying Civil Engineering and Muntej who is studying English Literature. We also have a really cute cat called Max. He is very gentle and loves being stroked.

As for myself, I really enjoy making home-made meals including English, Indian, Italian, Thai and Mexican cuisine.  My other passion making desserts and as a result I hold a distinction certificate in Patisserie and Confectionery. I also like going to art galleries, theatres and cinemas. I keep fit by going to the gym and walking.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

I live in the south London suburb of Sanderstead. My home is a cosy, spacious detached four bedroom house with a large garden, located in a quiet residential road. We study in a quiet brightly lit room overlooking the garden. The student room is a newly decorated large double bedroom with a desk, internet access, two cupboards, armchair and a television. It is a beautiful bright and airy room facing the garden where foxes and squirrels can often be seen. The large bathroom/toilet has been recently been renovated and I can accommodate requests for private bathroom.

About the local area

London is very close and many students prefer to go to London after the lessons. There is a direct train to Victoria which only takes 25 minutes. Some of the sights of London include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, The British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, Science Museum, Trafalgar Square to mention just a few. If you prefer, you can hire a Boris bike to explore the city instead of going by bus or using the underground railway.

If you prefer to stay local than ‘The Whitegift’ shopping Centre in Croydon is great and only about 15 minutes bus ride away. There are several restaurants and bars as well as clubs and a cinema. There are many local facilities such as Lloyds Park Coombe Woods within 5 minutes where you get a beautiful view of Croydon and the surrounding area. The local area is also perfect for running or walking. or playing games like tennis and badminton.  If you are interested, Wimbledon Tennis Club and its museum can be visited by tram or train. A little further you can visit the city of Brighton which is a vibrant seaside city which is 30 minutes by train. Here you can walk along the seafront and the pier, explore the small antique shops in the lanes and restaurants as well visit the museums and galleries.

Excursions available with this teacher

Croydon Shopping Centre Shopping Trip – If you enjoy shopping, than the Centrale and the Whitgift Centre is the destination for you. It is covered under its iconic glass roof so the weather will not hinder your shopping at Primark, Topshop etc. Here you will find over 140 shops plus bars and restaurants where you can relax have a meal, coffee or a drink. Alternatively there is a Multiplex cinema with 8 screens and serves excellent ice cream and popcorn.

Cost: Free

Valley Park Bowling and Shopping – The main entertainment at Valley Park is Tenpin Croydon with 25 lanes of fun is a great way to de-stress and enjoys that magical sound of bowling a strike. In addition to the family fun that is ten pin bowling, you’ll also be delighted with host of arcade games, and restaurants (and late bar – meaning that whatever you want from your day or night out, you’ll find it at Tenpin Bowling Croydon Valley Park. The park is also ideal for those who enjoy nothing more than a little shopping and you’ll find some of the finest outlet and fashion boutiques in Croydon, including a huge Outfit shop which features concessions from Burtons, Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, Wallis, Warehouse and Miss Selfridge among others.

Cost: Free

Greenwich Sightseeing Activity – The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest maritime museum with 10 free galleries and a vast collection that spans artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and thousands of other objects. The Nelson, Navy, Nation gallery is where Nelsons bullet-holed jacket is displayed, along with an outstanding exhibition exploring the life of an 18th century sailor in the Royal Navy

Cost: Free

Coombe Woods Walking activity – Admire the beautiful surroundings of a small woodland and garden area in the old village of Coombe, Beautifully looked after it is a great place to take a walk through the quiet peaceful woods and look for wildlife like squirrels, foxes and birds. At the top, sit on the bench in the clearing and admire beautiful the view overlooking the surrounding area.

Cost: Free

Wimbledon Stadium (Tour and Museum) Sighting Activity – The award-winning behind-the-scenes tours of the Grounds are the perfect way to see this world-famous site. Expertly led by a friendly and knowledgeable guide, you’ll learn about how Wimbledon’s distinctive grass is cared for and how the site is improved and developed each year. You’ll see facilities provided for the press, broadcasters and of course, the world’s best tennis players. Tour highlights include Aorangi Terrace (‘The Hill’), No.1 Court, Media Centre, Players’ Entrance and Centre Court.

Experience the history and traditions of ‘the Fortnight’ in the Museum. Get up close to the Championships Trophies, feel the fabrics of tennis fashions from the Victorian period, test your skills on the Batak wall and learn about how The Championships has developed since 1877. With clothing and equipment donated by tennis’ top stars, you’re certain to see something from your favourite player. The 3D film, interactive displays and John McEnroe ‘ghost’ will inspire all tennis fans. A fun and informative audio guide in 10 languages is available free of charge.

Cost: £24.00 per adult