Robert D

Central England

Robert D

I am an English language teacher and have been teaching for over 30 years. I am British with a native English accent and I live with my wife (also a teacher) and our adult son and daughter. I studied at Leeds University and then moved to Spain where I was a teacher of adults and children. In 1996 I moved back to England and for the last 18 years, I have taught English, preparing them for a variety of exams. I have taught general English (all levels) and academic English (higher levels) at university in Nottingham. I have also helped train and support new teachers and I am an examiner for Trinity College London.

No smoking No pets at home Teacher pick-up from airport Wifi available at home
No smoking No pets at home Teacher transfer WiFi available

Location information

Location: Ilkeston, Derbyshire | View a map of this location

Nearest airport with transfer cost: Birmingham (BHX) £220

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £ on request

Heathrow (LHR) £ on request

Nearest railway station: Derby or Nottingham

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Academic information

Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (2003)
Cert. TESOL (1997)
Diploma in Spanish (1998)
Further Education Teacher’s Cert. (1997)
ESOL and Basic Skills Teaching Cert. (1997)

18 years ESOL/EFL at university in Nottingham
7 years Spanish in Nottingham
7 years English, Maths and Science in Spain

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 Family information

I live with my wife Julie (in 50’s) and our two grown up children (in 20’s). Julie and I met in Spain and got married there in 1984. Both our children were born in Spain: our son James in 1986 and our daughter Joanna in 1994. Julie is a language teacher (adults and children), mainly of Spanish, but also of Italian and Russian. James is a computer technician and Joanna is presently studying photography at university. James loves computer games and Joanna loves singing, music and going out a lot!
We enjoy going out and visiting places, bike rides, canal walks and camping. When the weather is not so good, we enjoy TV and films, computer games, listening to and playing music. We have a piano, several acoustic and electric guitars, a violin, a mandolin and a ukulele. Of course, we all love languages, learning about different cultures, and trying foods from different countries! We would love to do any of these activities with our guests.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

We live in a 4-bedroom/2-bathroom house with unlimited wifi internet access. The guest room has a single bed with reading light, wardrobe, study desk, chair and lamp, small drawer unit, and full length mirror. The upstairs bathroom (shared) has a bath, shower, wash basin and toilet. The downstairs bathroom has a shower, wash basin and toilet. Downstairs, there is a kitchen, hall and large living room with dining area. At the back of the house there is a yard and garage, a long garden with two patios, two lawns, trees and a greenhouse.

About the local area

We live in a small market town called Ilkeston. It is semi-rural, situated on the edge of lovely countryside with canal walks and country bike rides. We have fantastic local transport links to both Derby and Nottingham, which are only about 10 miles (15km) away. We can offer a variety of trips to attractions and places of interest in our area. Nottingham, famous for Robin Hood, is also known as the City of Caves with amazing underground tunnels carved out of the rock. Also in Nottingham is the castle where the English Civil War started and Wollaton Hall, which featured in the latest Batman film. Trips to Nottingham would be half-day and cost very little. A full-day trip costing £20-£30, could be the spectacular Peak District, renowned for its picturesque beauty and historical homes such as Chatsworth House, famously used for many film sets. Also, the impressive Heights of Abraham where the cable car will give you a breathtaking view of the river Derwent and Matlock Bath. The famous historical city of York is also only a car ride away.


Full-day trips

York – Jorvik Centre, Shambles, Cathedral, Walls and river trip or National Railway Museum or Richard III museum – £15

Chatsworth House and gardens, Derbyshire – £25

Heights of Abraham including cable car trip, Derbyshire- £25

Haddon Hall and gardens, Derbyshire- £15

Hardwick Hall and gardens, Derbyshire- £15

Peak District countryside and steam train trip, Derbyshire- £10

National Space Centre, Leicester- £20


Half-day trips

Nottingham Castle, Caves, Oldest pub in England, statue of Robin Hood- £15

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park (Batman film venue) – £0

Ilkeston town centre, Erewash museum, listed cinema ‘The Scala’- £0

Canal walk, listed ‘Bennerley Viaduct’ (and local canal-side pub). – £0

Dale Abbey ruins, walk to Hermit’s cave then traditional roast dinner in a carvery- £10

Derby city centre and shops. – £0


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