Susan O

Republic of Ireland

Susan O

My name is Susan and I’ve been a teacher of English as a Foreign Language all my adult life, ranging from juniors to seniors (!), private tuition to class groups, Cambridge exam preparation and Business English to teacher training of both native and non-native speakers.

For individual or small group homestay students, I like to assess level and do a needs analysis in advance of your visit, so that I can prepare the best possible course of formal tuition for you and also plan a programme of activities that will not only facilitate language learning but also make learning a motivating and exciting experience.

My ‘secret weapon’ is my husband, Eamonn, whom I met many moons ago when we were both teaching English in Spain to juniors and adults. Returning to Ireland I joined one of the most prestigious English schools in Dublin, where I taught for over 20 years while Eamonn moved into second level state education and is an Assistant Principal during the academic year. Together we enjoy welcoming students on holiday courses.

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

Location information

Location: Rush, Dublin | View a map of this location

Nearest airport with transfer cost: Dublin (DUB) €100

Nearest railway station: Rush & Lusk

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Academic information

I have an honours BA degree in English and History and also a Masters in Letters in English from Trinity College Dublin, along with a preliminary TEFL certificate and the CTEFLA while my husband attended the rival (!) Dublin University (UCD) for his BA degree.

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 Family information

We are an Irish family of two parents and three teenage children, two boys and a girl. Our eldest son now attends Trinity College Dublin, while the younger son and daughter (aged 17 and 14) are in Secondary School. We love dogs, but are not dog-owners. Instead we have pets that don’t need so much care, two goldfish named Stanley and Jerome. Don’t ask me why… the children named them!

My family is very sporty (I must be the intellectual one!) and you could say my sons are golf-mad! During the summer, the children usually attend a tennis camp and take every opportunity to enjoy water sports like canoeing and kayaking. My husband is equally interested in outdoor sports and has run the Dublin Marathon every year since 2000 (to his surprise, though, he doesn’t get faster as the years go by!) They all do karate on and off and my daughter is a very good dancer. We have a good range of garden activities, like a basketball hoop, fun badminton kit, Frisbee and indoors a pool table, darts board and a range of games, books and activities.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

I think I can say that our house is one of a kind! The original stone built cottage has been added onto by many before us and has been extensively extended and renovated by us too, so that it retains many quaint features combined with extra space and modern facilities. We have a small garden to the front and much more space at the back with room for three patios… one each for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Even when we don’t have great weather, we love to barbecue. We have three separate living rooms, but are most likely to find ourselves entertaining either in the kitchen or the garden.

About the local area

Rush is a quiet seaside town about 15 minutes from Dublin airport, and just 20 minutes by train from the capital city. While it is not the most exciting place in the world, it has its own charm, located beside two lovely beaches in a place where the pace of life has decided not to enter the 21st century (although we do enjoy all modern conveniences of the present such as Wi-Fi and satellite TV). We are close enough to Dublin for easy city visits, but Rush has an amazing little theatre, a great library and it is also really convenient for excursions to some of the most interesting archaeological sites in Ireland. There’s a football area just a few minutes up the road and the sailing club and beach just a few minutes down the road. Younger visitors always comment on feeling ‘safe’ in the area. There is a bus service between Rush and a nearby town (Swords) and also Dublin. The bus service is less than perfect, so we would normally either drive or take the train. The train station is about a kilometer outside the town, and outside peak hours, the trains run only every hour. But are so reliable! And so fast!

Excursions available with this teacher

A visit to Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange and Knowth) – A 5000 year old one-day calendar! The largest collection of megalithic art in Western Europe.

Cost: Free

A trip to Dublin Zoo – From Elephants to Penguins, and every animal in between!!!

Cost: Free

Visit Trim Castle – The largest Norman Castle in Ireland… the location for the movie Braveheart with Mel Gibson

Cost: Free

Rush Beach Walk and games – Take your pick from North Beach or South! Tag rugby/Frisbee/soccer.

Cost: Free

Kayaking or Canoeing – Kayak along the coast of Dublin, or meet horses as you canoe around the islands in the lakes of Cavan.

Cost: Price on request

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