Josephine M

South England

Josephine M

Hi!  I would love to be your English teacher and introduce you to the UK and my home county of Devon. I enjoy meeting new people; assessing their needs and designing a programme to suit their individual requirements. In my opinion the home stay method of learning a new language leads to noticeable improvements in both language skills and in a student’s confidence in speaking. As well as in lesson time you will have many opportunities to practise your English with friends, neighbours and when we are out and about generally.  Before I became a home stay teacher I was a primary school teacher for over 30 years with a specialism in English and mathematics. I have also taught flute, clarinet and saxophone.

No smoking Private bathroom available Wifi available at home Horse riding available
No smoking Private bathroom WiFi available Horse riding available

Location information

Location: Bow, Crediton, Devon | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): Exeter (EXT) 40 minutes

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Bristol (BRS)

Nearest railway station: Exeter St Davids

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Academic information

I have the CELTA to teach English as a foreign language. I have a Bachelor of Education (Hons) (primary and middle school).

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Family information

I live in one of the most attractive parts of England and I like to explore the local countryside by going for walks with my dog. I love reading and going to the theatre. I like listening to music and I play the clarinet. The countryside is very beautiful and and there are many picturesque villages where you can stop to enjoy the famous Devon cream tea in a tearoom. On both the north and south coasts, there are many lovely beaches, old towns and fishing villages to explore. Sport available includes fly fishing (the Devon School of Fly Fishing is in the next village); riding; and surfing. I have two children in their twenties, both of whom live away from home, but return regularly to spend time on Dartmoor or at the coast. I have a very friendly dog who is a Flatcoat retriever collie cross.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

I live in the middle of rural Devon in a village called Bow. My home is a four bedroomed bungalow with a garden and  glorious views out to Dartmoor a  large area of dramatic countryside with ponies roaming wild ,Bronze Age remains and hills known as tors. Dartmoor is one of our National Parks associated with Sherlock Holmes and ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles.’ It also feature in Stephen Spielbergs”War Horse”.

About the local area

Bow is a small, friendly and lively village.  There is a shop and a village hall where musical events are staged regularly. The nearby towns are Okehampton and Crediton which have both have all modern ammentities such as supermarkets, shops, and coffee shops. The local city Exeter  (about 35 mins by car or train) is a lively place with a university, good shopping and many eating places as well as an ancient cathedral and city walls to explore.  Devon is a popular holiday destination for English people so you will find many recreational things to do apart from enjoying the outstanding countryside.  There are zoos, steam railways, caves, vineyards, theme and adventure parks  and further away in Cornwall  an aquarium or if you are interested in King Arthur and the knights of the round table we could go to Tintagel.

Excursions available with this teacher

Afternoon visit to the Cathedral City of Exeter – A walk around our lovely city, visiting the cathedral and green, the Tudor buildings frequented by Francis Drake and time for shopping or a visit to the award winning RAM museum. Sample a traditional Devon Cream tea.

Cost: Free

Afternoon walk along the River Teign. – Follow the course of a river through glorious woodland owned by the Nation Trust. Look out for dippers and kingfishers, trout and salmon in the clear water and just enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Refreshments taken at the Fingle Inn on the banks of the river.

Cost: Free

Tour of Dartmoor – Spend a day exploring the delights of Dartmoor. Visit the iconic Haytor Rocks, Grimspound a Bronze age settlement , the clapper bridge at Postbridge, Princetown and the prison museum and walk along the river Dart at Dartsmeet. Have lunch in a traditional British pub and finish with shopping in the quaint village of Widecombe on the moor.

Cost: Free

A day visit to the North Devon(Atlantic) Coast – We dive through the stunning Tarka Valley (home of Tarks the Otter) to Bideford and then onto Braunton. Here we can walk part of the South west Coast Path to the traditional seaside town of Westward Ho! If wanted there is the opportunity to have a traditional fish and chips meal before walking back along the beach to Braunton, exploring rock pools and watching the kite surfers. It is possible to include a visit to Bideford for shopping or to The Dartington Glass Factory if required.

Cost: Free

War Horse Valley – If you like animals or enjoyed the Speilberg film War Horse based on a story by our local author Michael Morpurgo you will love this activity. We drive to Iddesleigh a local village where the author Michael Morpurgo lives, we watch an introduction to the farm, by him and learn of his inspirations for the story and explore a small museum about the area in WW1 and his charilty work. We then follow a trail around the farm meeting the animals of a traditional Devon farm and can help feed calves, watch milking etc. The visit finishes at the farm house where refreshments await, including a Devon Cream tea if desired.

Cost: Free

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