Janina C


Janina C

My name is Janina and I have been teaching English as a foreign language to adults, and have hosted international students in my family home for almost 20 years. I can offer tailor-made English courses for individual needs and levels.
I enjoy teaching, it is a two way process and I also learn from my students – about their jobs and culture. I engage them with daily life here with me if they want and/or we visit places of our mutual interests – ie art, music, architecture or museums/exhibitions. I have been involved with Japan for many years and the students come with me to various events hosted by the Embassy of Japan or other Japan related institutions – concerts or lectures ( this gives the student a good listening opportunity).

No smoking No pets at home Private bathroom available Wifi available at home
No smoking No pets at home Private bathroom WiFi available

Location information

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

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £60

Heathrow (LHR) £120

Nearest railway station: Carshalton

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Academic information

I hold a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) and teach Business Practice and Cultural Training, particularly in Japan/UK business practices and differences. I also can teach Presentation Skills.
I taught at London Metropolitan University a MA course in Applied Translation – I’ve always loved languages.

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Family information

I have many friends that live nearby and invite them often for a dinner when I have a student. It gives a student an opportunity to meet other English speaking people and engage in conversation with them.
I have no pets but occasional visiting neighbours cats. Music is very important to me – I sing in a choir in London and attend concerts, go to opera. I enjoy sport and cycle almost daily – time and weather permitting and yoga once a week . I enjoy history and current affairs. I am also very passionate about the environmental issues and wildlife and do some voluntary work – again if time permits.
I am a member of the Japan Society, the British-French Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Otomodachi-Kai Group ( a Japanese organization formed of Japanese and British women who are /were involved with Japan through their career – mainly academic and diplomatic). The student can join me in those activities if they wish.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

My home is a cottage-style Victorian house. It is a very pleasant, quiet, residential street. The house is a small 3-storey terrace with a patio and a medium size garden to the rear. There are 6 rooms including a kitchen/eating area and a reception room on the ground floor. There are two bathrooms.
Student’s room is tastefully furnished and comfortable and is available with a large double bed, wardrobes, a sideboard and a dressing table. It has a view to the back of the house and the garden. Shops and pubs are within short walking distance

About the local area

I live in Carshalton, a leafy and historic suburb in south London with nearby parks and Tudor historical sites. The location, near to Richmond and Hampton Court ( to be reached by bus or train) is excellent for enjoying classic architecture and history! King Henry VIII was a regular visitor here for his hunting pleasures in the local Beddington Park which used to be a deer park ( also ideal for jogging). Carshalton retained a village feel with a nice gallery, local family run bakery and greengrocers. In Victorian times Carshalton was lavender fields with beehives, which has been restored ( on a much smaller scale) and local lavender is used to produce lavender oil and beauty products, available locally.

Excursions available with this teacher

Greenwich Park & Meridian Time Line – Notable for its Marine time history and for the historic Royal Observatory which is the home of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Also famous for its Royal Naval College and the Painted Hall. Picnic in the Greenwich Park with its views over the City of London. Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper ( a fast sailing boat) is there to visit as well.

Cost: Train fare (c. £10)

Carshalton Village and Honeywood Museum – This is your teacher’s local place with plenty of history, mainly Tudors and King Henry VIII.

Carshalton is a quintessentially English village (with some modern additions) around the pond. The High Street retains a village charm. There are plenty of listing buildings to see and the museum introduces you to its local history during Victorian times (lavender fields and bee hives) and beyond.

Visit the Lavender fields in July. You may think you are in Provence France!

Visit to a local pub for a refreshment or local brew.

Cost: Free

Kingston upon Thames – Walk along the river Thames (or a boat trip to Hampton Court) with a picnic by the river (weather permitting).

This can be combined with a visit to Hampton Court Palace – a former home of King Henry VIII and famous for its garden and a maze. The King’s kitchen is also the largest kitchen of Tudor England. It was designed to feed at least 600 people twice a day!

Cost: Entrance fee for Hampton Court is £12.

Wimbledon Common (Park) and Tennis Courts plus Museum – Wimbledon Village offers a special atmosphere with its small boutiques and restaurants. Plenty to chose from and there is something for everyone. It’s an enchanting village with lots of outdoor space.

Of course it is most famous for one of the world’s top sporting events – Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships – which takes place at the end of June for two weeks.

Cost: Free (unless visiting the Wimbledon Tennis Museum and the courts approx £15.00)

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