Ian-M


Ian-M

About
Ian-M


Teacher introduction
From teaching a wide range of students and subjects over 40 years, Ian brings experience, enthusiasm and encouragement to all his lessons. Much of his working life has centred around the beautiful academic city of Oxford, but he and his wife now welcome their study-guests to a fine new home in Sussex, on the edge of a village quite near the Channel coast. Here, in quiet and comfort, you can develop your English with individual support from a life-long language teacher, while there are beautiful scenery and many interesting outings to enjoy. Ian and Alison especially welcome international students who like music and the arts.

Teacher home details
Students have an attractive, calm private double bedroom with en-suite bathroom in our new (2017) house; there are plenty of other areas for private study and relaxation, including a pretty garden. A small park is opposite, with others nearby; the village (with shops) is about 15 minutes’ walk, though there are also buses. You might fairly describe our location as ‘quiet and pretty, without being remote’.
Teacher qualifications text
Ian is an Oxford University Master of Arts, with a Teaching Certificate from Cambridge. He first taught other languages (French and German) in a range of schools, but now prefers wider work as a ‘generalist’, and enjoys one-to-one English language programmes with guests at home.
Teacher about the local area
Our village is very near the pretty South Downs (a National Park), with the seaside just beyond ~ only 20 minutes by car to the beach ~ so plenty of attractive walking / jogging routes There are squash and tennis clubs here, and lots else to do and see in other local towns (Worthing, Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth), while a day-trip to London would take about 1 hour each way by train. We have several fine old country houses nearby, and two fascinating ‘living museums’ of country life and traditions.
Teacher family
Ian’s wife used to run a high-level administrative office at Oxford University who now, in active retirement, helps welcome visitors to a major local historical country house. She is a keen and versatile cook. One of her three grown sons lives nearby with his wife and small child, and we have other grandchildren in New Zealand. Also at home is our lovely young (non-allergenic!) cockapoo dog and two cats.
Teacher how to get here by public
We can usually meet flights to LHR (2 hours by car) or Gatwick (much closer).
If you arrive by train: our local station, Pulborough, is just 15 minutes away by bus or car (trains to/from London Victoria taking about 75 minutes), you could reach us in about 1-1/2 hours from the capital.
Teacher hobbies and interests
Ian is an active musician, playing the organ at the main village church, and over the years has directed community choirs in many different styles. We enjoy developing our garden, and daily walks with our dog in pretty local landscapes, and we like to travel when we can. If you share our interests in history and geography that’s great!