Mary W


South England

About
Mary W


Mary is a teacher of English as a foreign language. Mary has taught students of many different nationalities and levels both in groups and on a one-to-one basis. Mary also teaches business English, English for examinations and young learner courses. Mary likes to make students feel comfortable in her home and is very welcoming. Before becoming an English teacher, Mary was a teacher in a primary school.

 

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

Location information

Location: Heathfield, East Sussex | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): London Gatwick (LGW) 60 minutes

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Gatwick (LGW)

Heathrow airport supplement: +£40 one-way

Nearest railway station: Buxted and Stonegate

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Academic information

Mary has the CELTA to teach English as a foreign language. She has a certificate in business English. Mary has a degree in primary education (B Ed.).

Courses taught

Family information

Mary lives with her husband, Dennis. Dennis used to work in education. He loves to play sudoku and board games. His other interest is gardening. Mary and Dennis have two children who now live away from home. Their daughter is a teacher and a violinist in the Sussex Symphony Orchestra. Their son works in IT. Both their son and daughter live Mary lives with her husband, Dennis. Dennis used to work in education. He loves to play sudoku and board games. His other interest is gardening. Mary and Dennis have two children who now live away from home. Their daughter is a teacher and a violinist in the Sussex Symphony Orchestra. Their son works in IT. Both their son and daughter live in the nearby county of Kent and visit home often. Apart from music and theatre, Mary loves cooking and baking and offers a wonderful opportunity to combine English Tuition with your personal interest. She will teach you how to prepare and present a Traditional English Afternoon Tea. You will learn how to make a ‘Victoria Sponge’, classic English Scones, and, of course, small and fancy cakes, fruit tarts or pastries. You will also be able to put your skills into practise by serving your tea to Mary’s friends and neighbours. Lots of speaking and listening to improve your English fluency! At the end of the course, you will go home with your ‘cookery school apron’ and a jar of layered dry mix sponge or brownies.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

Mary and Dennis live in a comfortable and spacious detached house. There is beautiful garden at the back that has been landscaped by Dennis. There is a pond with fish and Mary and Dennis like to have barbecues with their family at weekends. The family have a cat.

About the local area

Heathfield is a small market town located in the middle of beautiful countryside. The town has some shops, restaurants, pubs and tearooms. Golf, tennis and riding are amongst the sporting facilities available and there are many walks in the countryside. There are a number of historic castles to explore in the area, such as Pevensey and Herstmonceux. Beautiful gardens to visit include Great Dixter, Borde Hill and Groombridge Place. Heathfield is 40 minutes by car or bus from the city of Eastbourne and 30 minutes by car from Brighton. Both cities are seaside resorts with typical attractions. Brighton is a lively city with interesting shops, restaurants,bars and art galleries. The most famous attraction is the Pavilion, a 18th century building with amazing Indian and Italianate architecture. The attractive and historic town of Tunbridge Wells is about 25 minutes away. The town is known for its 18th century architecture and has a castle. London, and all its sights, is just over one hour away by train from nearby Stonegate station.

Excursions available with this teacher

Visit the City of Brighton on the South Coast – Journey to the city is by car and takes about 40 minutes. We will visit Churchill Square, the main shopping centre.  Then walk down to the seafront for a fish and chip lunch! Next we walk on the famous Brighton Pier(you can take a ride on the big dipper if you want to !) After this we walk slowly back to the famous old Brighton Lanes to wander around the narrow streets and so on to the Royal Pavilion-built by our George 1Vth in the 1700’s.

Cost: Free

Visit to Eastbourne- sunshine town on the South Coast – Shopping day for souvenirs.  We will walk along the seafront to see the beautiful gardens.  Maybe listen to the band playing at the famous band stand.  Stop for an ice cream or coffee. Visit the souvenir shops and the shopping centre. Stop at an English pub on the way home for late lunch.

Cost: Free

Exploring the South Coast – We drive to the coastal town of Seaford for a walk on the beach.  Then we drive on to Eastbourne and up and over to the famous Seven Sisters.  It is an amazing sight to see the ox bow lakes formed by the meander of the river. Then on to Birling Gap.  Here we can see the effect of the sea  erosion of the chalk cliffs and even go rock pooling for crabs when the tide is out. An inevitable ice cream or cup of tea follows!

Cost: Free

Visit to Bateman’s-home of the famous author Rudyard Kipling – This is a visit to the wonderful home and gardens of Rudyard Kipling. It is said that he wrote the famous poem ‘IF’ overlooking the rose garden.  He wrote it when his son Jack, age 19, went away to join the 1st World War. Sadly, he was killed 6 weeks later, and Kipling never really recovered from the emotional loss. There is an old water mill in the garden which to this day still operates to grind the corn for the flour which is then sold in the mill shop.

Cost: National Trust charge £6-£10 depending on age

Sheffield Park Gardens – An amazing insight into the gardens of a famous English stately home.  We can wander around the different paths, take a picnic by the lakes, feed the swans and generally soak up the atmosphere of an English Country Garden. After our walk, we can call into the shop for souvenirs of English Country jams, chutneys and biscuits.

Cost: National Trust charge £6-£10 depending on age

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