Melissa G

South England

Melissa G

I am a qualified teacher of English language. Home stay teaching is immensely enjoyable and satisfying as I am very interested in meeting people from different cultures and in putting my skills as a teacher to good use. My background in publishing means I have an in depth understanding of the English language and excellent communication skills. I worked for many years in London as an editor and publisher of books about the fine arts and archaeology.

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Location information

Location: Benenden, Kent | View a map of this location

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £120

Heathrow (LHR) £260

Nearest railway station: Etchingham

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Academic information

I have the CELTA qualification to teach English as a foreign language. I have a degree in the History of Art.

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 Family information

I am married to Richard. He is interested in architecture, clocks and the arts. He enjoys gardening. We have three children. The eldest, William, lives and works in London whilst Robert is at university. Our daughter, Hetty, is starting university, after taking a gap year. Robert and Hetty return home for most of their vacations. We have a dog and a cat. I am interested in classical music, opera and ballet. I enjoy visiting art galleries. I like gardening; playing tennis; and fishing.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

I live just outside the village of Benenden in the the county of Kent in south east England. My home is a four bedroom farmhouse with a garden, situated in a tranquil, rural location. There are attractive views of the local countryside and you can go for walks in the fields and woods around the house.

About the local area

Kent is known as the ‘garden of England’ because of its many orchards and its association with hops, used in the production of beer. It also has many gardens to visit. The most famous is Sissinghurst Castle which dates back to the 1930s. Some of the most picturesque castles in England are to be found here, such as Dover, Leeds and Hever. On the coast, you can enjoy the beaches in summer along with a range of water activities whilst golf enthusiasts will find many courses. The nearest towns are Tenterden and Tunbridge Wells. Both are interesting and have places of historical interest as well as nice shops, eating places. If you like modern art, visit the Turner Contemporary Gallery in the seaside town of Margate. Canterbury is the is nearest city. It is a busy place with much to see, including the oldest cathedral in England. London is easily accessible by train so a day trip to see the sights and attractions is another option for an excursion.

Excursions available with this teacher

Bodiam Castle – Look at historic medieval castle, walk around the grounds and along the river.

Cost: Free for 1 student (on my National Trust Card otherwise £8-12 depending on age.

Camber sands – Let’s explore this lovely Sandy beach.

Cost: Free

Walks in the countryside – Let’s follow footpaths for long or short hike in the countryside.

Cost: Free

Maidstone – We can go shopping and then have a walk by the river.

Cost: Free

Hastings – Historic town, shopping, funfair, crazy golf followed by fish & chips.

Cost: Depends on number of activities

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