Sue U

Central England

Sue U

I am a teacher of English language. My career has had two strands: teaching English in the UK and abroad (Greece and Spain) and publishing. I’ve worked in the publishing industry both before and after becoming as a teacher. As a senior commissioning editor, I worked on general English and business English language materials. I still work as a freelance editor from time to time. I am sociable and I have lots of friends. I really enjoy welcoming students into my home and showing them something of life in and around the market town of Saffron Walden and the city of Cambridge. I speak Spanish and French, some Greek and a little German.

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

Location information

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): London Stansted (STN)

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Luton (LTN); Stansted (STN)

Heathrow airport supplement: +£60 one-way

Nearest railway station: Audley End

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Academic information

I have a BA Hons in Comparative Literature (English and Latin American) and a PGCE with ELT/TESOL.

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Family information

I have two grown-up children and two grandchildren, a grandson (2009) and a granddaughter (2014). I see my grandchildren quite often as my daughter and her partner live nearby.

I go to the cinema often and I like classical music. I volunteer at Saffron Screen, our local community cinema, and at Saffron Hall, our beautiful new concert hall. I enjoy art exhibitions and visiting museums in Cambridge and London. I have travelled widely and two of the most interesting countries I have visited recently are Tibet and Nepal. I enjoy gardening and I also have an allotment where I try to grow vegetables. I enjoy cooking and people say I’m a good cook! I attend yoga classes regularly.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

I live in a modern 3-storey house with a garden in the centre of Saffron Walden, an attractive market town 22km south of the city of Cambridge in the east of England.

About the local area

Saffron Walden is a small, busy town with a long history. There are many shops, restaurants and pubs. Twice a week (on Tuesdays and Saturdays) there is a market selling fresh, local produce, crafts, clothes and other things. The town has many interesting historic buildings, many dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, a museum and a small art gallery, The Fry. There are two mazes, one on The Common and one in Bridge End Gardens. There is also a Leisure Centre with a swimming pool, squash and badminton courts and an excellent skate boarding park, said to be one of the best in Europe. There are a number of stately homes and beautiful gardens nearby – Audley End House, Wimpole Hall, Anglesey Abbey and the Botanic Garden in Cambridge.
Cambridge is 30 minutes away by car or train, an hour by bus. The city is famous for its university and its fine architecture. There are museums and art galleries, as well as a wide choice of shops, markets, bars and restaurants.
London is easily accessible by train for a day’s excursion (just an hour by train to Liverpool Street Station).

Excursions you can take with your teacher

Excursion One (Cost: some colleges are free, some charge a small entrance fee, depending on the time of year) – In Cambridge you can see some of the famous colleges that go to make up the university – for example, King’s,Trinity, Clare, Corpus Christi – there are 31! We can choose which to visit according to your interests. We could walk along the Backs and the river Cam or hire a punt, with or without a chauffeur, or go to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, the Scott Polar Institute, or one of the many other museums in the city, again depending on your interests. There is also the famous Botanic Garden (£5).

Excursion Two (Cost: train fare around £25 depending on the time of day) – London – We would tailor the excursion to your interests. We could do the famous sights – Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge or we could go to less well-known corners of the city, take a trip on the river Thames, go to markets, museums, etc.

Excursion Three (Cost: it would depend on what we did) – The city of Norwich or the seaside in Norfolk (Cley-next-the Sea, Blakeney, Holkham etc.) with its interesting bird and wild life.

Excursion Four (Cost: bike hire £9 for the first hour, then £4 each for extra hour) – Mountain biking in Thetford Forest.

Excursion Five (Cost: it would depend on what we did) – Colchester (Britain’s oldest recorded town) has a castle, lots of Roman remains and one of the ‘new’ universities which began in the 1960s – quite a contrast to Cambridge.

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