Kenneth C

South England

Kenneth C

I have travelled a lot and lived and taught English in Sweden and France for many years. My 20 years working in International Business means I specialise in one to one Business English but I believe the total immersion of a home tuition course is excellent for General English and Exam Preparation. Living and studying in a home environment is the best way to learn English as I get to know my students needs and prepare the best material for them.

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

Location information

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire | View a map of this location


Nearest airport with transfer cost: Southampton (SOU) £170

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £310

Heathrow (LHR) £240

Nearest railway station: Portsmouth Harbour

Ask about this teacher

Academic information

I have an Honours degree in Business Studies and Economics, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) plus Diplomas in Management Training, Presentation & Coaching. I have taught in English for Stockholm School of Economics and a Private Language School in Nice, France.

Courses taught

Family information

I live with Judith who works part time as a nurse at a local hospital. We have five ‘adult’ children who live in many different places around the world; close by in Gosport, London, Stockholm and Auckland, New Zealand. We also have a wonderfully friendly and small dog called Tilly (and 3 large Koi Carp fish in the pond).

We are both very active in going to the gym or cycling and walking along the beach and through the local nature reserve. I enjoy watching football (especially if Manchester United are playing) and most sports on television. We also have a large garden so we grow a lot of vegetables, herbs and fruit which we love using in our cooking. Judith is vegetarian but I am not and we both love cooking healthy and nutritious food from around the world and England.

We live very close to the sea in a large house and garden with lots of space for everyone to enjoy. The local atmosphere is very relaxed and quiet with the small village of Alverstoke and the popular Stokes Bay Beach only 5 minutes walk away. In addition to some local shops, pubs and restaurants we have many cycle paths, beach walks and parks around us plus there are opportunities for Tennis and Golf close by.

Ken’s photos

About the teacher’s accommodation

I live in a large, detached house in a quiet, residential road. One can see the sea from the first floor. The house is situated within walking distance of a beach and of local facilities such as shops and tennis courts.

About the local area

The area is dominated by the sea and in Alverstoke we are on England’s South Coast close to the sea and the Isle of Wight. The town centre of Gosport is 10 minutes by car / bus where a 5 minute passenger ferry trip takes you to The Historic Waterfront area of Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. The whole of Portsmouth waterfront is excellent for cycling and walking but if a combination of Naval History, shopping and entertainment is important to you then Gunwharf Quays is a top tourist location. In addition to many museums, shops & restaurants the 170 metre high Spinnaker Tower gives fantastic views across the large harbour to the Isle of Wight.

Slightly further but still easy by car is the ancient City of Winchester, Southampton and the New Forest National Park to explore the picturesque villages, parkland and wild horses. It can also be a great place to stop for a traditional afternoon tea!

Portsmouth is also an excellent transport hub with regular trains to London (2 hours), Gatwick Airport (1hour 30 minutes) and Brighton (1 hour) plus ferry services to the Isle of Wight. Ferries also depart for various places in France and Spain.

Excursions available with this teacher

Discover Winchester – This lovely old city was the ancient capital of England and the home of many Kings since being established by the Romans. There are many opportunities to visit museums, parks or just to shop and walk along the river. The round table ‘said’ to be that of the legendary King Arthur is on view.

Cost: Free

Explore Gunwharf Quays & Portsmouth Waterfront – Portsmouth is a dynamic waterfront city full of history and culture. In the picturesque harbour is Gunwharf Quays, a busy shopping and leisure destination with something for everyone.

Cost: Free (A visit to Britain’s highest viewing tower, The Spinnaker Tower costs £9)

Cycling in the New Forest – The New Forest is one of Britain’s newest and most popular National Parks with many opportunities to visit pretty old villages, various museums or just to walk and cycle the many tracks available.

Cost: Free

The Big Guns at Fort Nelson – This large Victorian Fort is home to the National collection of Military Weapons – The Big Guns. Fort Nelson has wonderful views across Portsmouth Harbour and is a historic monument, restored to how it would have been in the 1890s.

 Cost: Free

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Museums – Situated inside the home of Britain’s Royal Navy, the historic Dockyard is home to a collection of fantastic museums and attractions such as walking the decks of Nelsons historic warship HMS Victory or a guided boat trip around the harbour.

Cost: £9 to £20 depending on the number of attractions.

What our students say