Mary A


North England

About
Mary A


I have taught English to students of all ages and levels. I have organised language holidays for young students (12 – 18 years) and have taught older students prepare for exams and entry into university. I have also designed and delivered courses for business people and medical professionals seeking entry into employment in the UK. I currently lecture in Creative Writing at the University of Hull. My visiting students have always been delighted with Beverley, and the surrounding area, and what it has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery, sporting activities and cultural events. I like travelling and meeting people from other cultures. I have taught English in Germany, France, Djibouti and Oman. My interests include literature, theatre, cinema, music, current affairs, country walks and horse racing!

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

Location information

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): Leeds Bradford (LBA) 90 minutes and Manchester (MAN) 110 minutes

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Humberside (HUY); Leeds (LBA)

Nearest railway station: Beverley

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Academic information


I started my career teaching French and German in secondary schools. A desire to travel and to learn more about different cultures led me to take a TEFL qualification. Back in the UK, I became involved for many years in training and development. More recently, an MA and then a PhD in contemporary English Literature / Creative Writing.

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 Family information


I have two sons (1991, 1993) who have both moved away from home but visit now and then in the holidays. My daughter (1997) still lives at home with me. She loves sport, music, cinema and socializing with friends. My partner (in his 60’s, visits at weekends!) is a poet and painter and lectures at the University of Hull. I have a wide circle of friends in Beverley and we meet regularly with partners, children and grandchildren. Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, Beverley is also one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets. Renowned for its exquisite 13th Century Minster, the town is home to a lively market, a thriving music scene, excellent flat racing and a medieval skyline that remains refreshingly unspoilt. There is also a leisure centre with pool an gym, a terrific tennis club, opportunities to take art and writing classes and some very welcoming restaurants and pubs.

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About the teacher’s accommodation


Beverley is a charming, small market town in East Yorkshire. It is within easy reach of other interesting cities in the region including York, Leeds, Sheffield and Harrogate. We can provide a spacious and comfortable room, with private bathroom, with TV and wifi. You can also make use of the piano in the drawing room, and in the garden you can play boules and table tennis or just relax in the shade of the beech tree.

About the local area


The historic town of Beverley offers many beautiful tourist locations – medieval streets, the Beverley Minster, the Westwood Pastures and the Beck. In addition, there is a tennis club, a leisure centre, and an amazing open pasture which offers opportunities for walking, jogging, horse riding, golf and horse racing. The city of Hull, just 8 miles away, boasts an intriguing old town with museums, including the William Wilberforce Museum, galleries, and The Deep – one of the UK’s biggest and best aquariums. A little further afield is the beautiful city of York with its Minster, Shambles, art galleries and shops. You can also explore the northern coastal town of Scarborough, Filey and Whitby.

Excursions available with this teacher

Trip to Hull to visit the Museum Quarter – This trip can include a walk around the Old Town with visits to the Maritime Museum, the Ferens Gallery, the William Wilberforce Museum, the Arctic Corsair (old trawler) and The Deep, depending on the students’ interests. Refreshments in one of Hull’s fine old pubs also included (Adults only!).

Cost: Free

Visit one of East Yorkshire’s fine stately homes – For students interested in history, art, culture and gardens. Choose between Sledmere Hall on the Wolds, Burton Agnes Hall or Burton Constable.

Cost: Free

Bird adventure – Twitchers will enjoy a trip to the RSPB, Bempton Cliffs Seabird Centre.

Cost: Free

York trip – A trip to York to walk the ancient walls, visit the Minster, Art Gallery and museums. Also provides an opportunity for shopping. The Art Gallery and museum entrance could be covered in the budget but a guided tour of the Minster.

Cost: Approximately £15

Horse racing at  Beverley Racecourse – An exciting day at the races. Only available on certain dates.

Cost: Entry fee is approximately £20 (plus money for bets and refreshments).

There are a  number of different music festivals: Early Music Festival is at the end of May and the Folk Festival takes place mid-June. There is a theatre in Beverley and Hull, and in October there is a literature festival.

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