Being an English teacher is my occupation and vocation. I am a Master of Arts in English teaching and Applied Linguistics, Griffith University, Australia. After graduation, I taught at Griffith University and a variety of language academies in Australia, England, Scotland, Spain in addition to being a private tutor. Overall, I've spent 8 years teaching students from different countries, cultural backgrounds, levels of proficiency and age groups.
In my teaching, I follow an effective method mastered during my studies and teaching practice - a communicative student-centred approach. It means I don't explain grammar and vocabulary in a traditional way. Instead, I make YOU think, reflect, realise, learn and arrive at conclusions not just receive given results from the teacher. I put you in the centre and help you to feel the language, comprehend its core and the way it functions.
During the classes, we will have a lot of practical work, so you will learn how to behave appropriately in any real-life situation. In other words, you'll be able to cope with whatever life throws at you in English.
Moreover, I pay a lot of attention to your pronunciation: I will correct your sounds and meticulously work on the improvement of your accent until it's native-like. I can teach you four distinct types of English accents: British, Australian, American and Canadian since creation and modelling of native English accents is one of my key areas of expertise. The only thing left for you to do is to choose which accent you would like to become an expert in :)
There is always a specific home assignment after every class in order to reinforce the acquired skills. In addition, every month a test class based on your individual requirements is conducted so we can clearly monitor the course of your progress and readjust it if necessary.
Furthermore, some classes are innovative and represent cutting-edge achievements in English teaching. They are called visual thematic speaking development sessions. The grammar and vocabulary used in these classes are smoothly woven into the fabric of the British, Australian, American and Canadian cultural topics.
The feedback I’ve been getting from these extraordinary classes is more than satisfying - my students not only find them fun, unusual and top-notch, but also surprisingly simple and strikingly memorable. I'd be glad to introduce YOU to the exciting world of visual thematic learning - after you try it out, your learning experience will never be the same.
P.S. Check out my video CVs in English and Spanish languages via my youtube channel helenoz.
In addition, take a look at my interview responses in the bottom of the page after the "recommendations" section - you'll find loads of handy information there!
In my article: "In your opinion, what does it take to be a successful English speaker?" I give 11 useful tips. I came up with them over the years thanks to my teaching practice and students' feedback.
I recently compiled my personal reflection "Alice in Wonderland" for my students to help them learn as many helpful phrases as possible in the easiest and quickest way possible from just one source.
It contains more than 100 (!) phrasal verbs, collocations, set expressions, phrases and idioms, which I meticulously hand-picked. All of them are widely used and up to date. Moreover, they are exceptionally easy to remember thanks to the context I’ve put them in. And there is no need to jump all over the net and navigate through dozens of websites to find the expressions/idioms – they are already at your fingertips.
So, make sure you check them out and if you liked the reflection, get in touch straight away :) I have heaps of fun and extraordinary activities related to it, which will significantly boost up your vocabulary and greatly improve your English speaking skills.
If I choose you as my student and you choose me as your teacher, I will address all of your English language needs to the best of my ability. That's why you'll be able to reach your goals with me in the shortest amount of time possible.
My qualifications, level of proficiency, experience, results of my teaching and time/effort invested in tailoring the classes to your specific needs ensure your tangible progress. My personality contributes immensely as well - I am friendly, understanding, considerate and supportive. I know where to encourage you more and where to let you absorb the knowledge at your own pace. You can be sure that with me you'll easily gain confidence, open up and practice your English in everyday real-life situations without anything holding you back.
Therefore, whether you would like to become fluent in English for personal or professional reasons, study or work in a foreign country - give it a go, you will be satisfied with your decision.
In terms of online classes, it has been widely acknowledged that they go very well and are exceptionally convenient. Even though I was teaching face-to-face when I first started giving classes, in a short amount of time I completely switched to online teaching since my students and I came to a conclusion that online classes were much more efficient due to the advantages they offer:
- The comfort of your home as a place of studying;
- The flexible schedule as there is no need to commute;
- The possibility to continue with your classes even if you move to a different city/country or travel a lot on a regular basis;
- And many more, the list goes on :)
Last but not least - in order for your learning process to be successful, you'll need to have an excellent internet connection and a laptop (e.g. MacBook Pro, Samsung Notebook 9, etc.). I’m sure you understand that the classes can not be conducted via tablet computers, smartphones (e.g. iPads, iPhones, etc.) or if the internet connection is poor.
Classes are taught to ADULTS ONLY (20 years old and older). Therefore, please note that lesson requests from parents who are looking for a tutor for their underage children will NOT be considered.
Classes are conducted EXCLUSIVELY online via Skype. The duration of a free introductory class is 20 minutes, so we will have enough time to discuss any questions you may have.
The duration of any type of class is 50min.
Types of classes:
- Business English classes
- Academic English classes (oral and written communication skills)
- Visual thematic speaking sessions
- Pronunciation correction / improvement
- Accent reduction
- Creation and modeling of native English accents: British, Australian, American, Canadian
- Preparation for any types of job interviews (from standard to complex)
- Elaborate and multi-stage creation of professional video / audio / written CVs and cover letters
- General English classes
- Vocabulary / grammar development classes
- Conversation classes
Exam preparations: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge exams => FCE, CAE, CPE.
I have vast experience in creating effective and individual exam preparation programs for students of all levels, but please keep in mind that the minimum amount of time required to successfully complete any exam preparation is 2-3 months - practice clearly demonstrates that smaller time periods are insufficient to become a game-changer.
Please keep in mind that if you’d like your results to be tangible and sustainable, you should commit to having at least 2-3 classes per week. Think of mastering your English language skills as training your muscles - are you going to be able to gain any noticeable muscle strength going to the gym just once per week? Not likely. Without a strong commitment, your muscles are going to quickly forget any training they underwent. The same applies to your English skills. That’s why the minimum amount of classes conducted per week is 2.
I’m looking forward to helping you to achieve your English language goals :)
- Master of Arts in English teaching/Applied Linguistics, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
- Bachelor's degree in English teaching/Translation/Interpreting, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
- IELTS (The International English Language Testing System), grade 8.5, Middlesex University, Great Britain, England, London.
- CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), grade A, Middlesex University, London, England, United Kingdom.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), score 118, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia.
- Certificate: "Cutting edge techniques in IELTS and TOEFL teaching", Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
- Certificate: "Modern approaches to FCE, CAE, CPE teaching", The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia.
- Certificate: "Communicative student-centred teaching, master the future", The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia.
- Certificate: "Effective and up-to-date teaching methods", Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia.
- Certificate: "Communicative teaching - contemporary methods", University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
- Certificate: "Innovative English language teaching techniques and methods", The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
- Certificate: "English language learning pitfalls and how to avoid them", Middlesex University London, London, England.
- DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language), level C1, Valencia, Spain.
素晴らしい Dear Helen,
Thank you so much for responding to my review.
I have indeed observed the real-life application of our classes. My university lecturers highlighted the improvement in my speaking skills and particularly emphasised my newly-coined British accent.
More importantly, I have noticed how improvement in my vocabulary helped me to come up with high level courseworks. I highly appreciate your hard work and I wish you a lot of success in your field in the future.
Alexandra is one of my students from Moldova, Chișinău, who is currently living in London and studying in one of London’s universities to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
She contacted me so I could help her to model a British accent, expand her vocabulary and overall sound more professional and fluent while speaking English.
First of all, I can definitely say that with Alexandra we hit the ground running. Starting from the very first classes, she managed to grasp all the essentials needed to ensure that we put her British accent on the right track. It is an absolute joy to teach her since she’s a genuine fan of the English language and patently big on the British accent. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons why she managed to achieve such tremendous progress after only 2 months of classes.
It is essential for a teacher and a student to be on the same wavelength in order to tailor the classes to the student’s needs in the best way possible. With Sasha, it couldn’t have been easier since she’s very precise about her English needs and is highly motivated to overcome any difficulties she might face along the way. Moreover, her sunny personality contributes immensely as well - she’s always full of beans and her enthusiastic, positive and proactive attitude to learning makes teaching her a doddle.
I am very glad that our classes serve as an excellent foundation for Sasha’s future career success. We’ll keep working on getting her English skills and accent up and running since English native-like proficiency is a key to Alexandra’s success and by no means is she willing to settle for anything less.
素晴らしい THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP, HELEN!!! I could finally get that overall 6.5., but it wouldn’t have been possible without your help! I am very happy that by following your methods and techniques I could improve my skills and finally got the grade I needed. Moreover, now I feel more confident when speaking, especially in conversations with native speakers.
Eduardo is my student from Mexico.
He contacted me so I could help him to improve his English skills and achieve a better grade in the IELTS exam.
His initial grade was 5.5 overall, so we started working hard to improve the grade in the best way we could within the shortest amount of time possible.
What struck me the most about Eduardo’s English skills was that he already had a reasonable command of vocabulary and grammar, but the majority of this knowledge was in the passive state. In other words, when he read or heard an expression or a phrasal verb he could understand it, but when it came to using that expression by himself - that where a real challenge began. Therefore, we had to apply significant effort to transfer that knowledge of grammar and vocabulary from passive to active use.
Moreover, since he’s a Spanish language speaker, his speech was pretty quick and sometimes the pronunciation of some sounds was quite distorted. Additionally, some other sounds were partially or completely lost, which caused some noticeable inaccuracies in his speech. That’s why pronunciation correction constituted an important part of our preparation and represents one of the main reasons why his speaking has dramatically improved.
Regarding IELTS exam preparation, the majority of Eduardo’s mistakes in the “Reading” and “Listening” sections were simply due to the fact that he didn’t know the proper techniques and methods necessary to achieve a higher grade. After we had thoroughly studied most of them, his reading and listening drastically improved and he managed to score 6.5 and 7.0 respectively.
In terms of his writing, we had to completely restructure it and meticulously work on improving its coherence and cohesion. Besides, we integrated a lot of new vocabulary and grammar into it, which definitely brought good results - 7.0 as an overall result.
To conclude, I’m overjoyed that Eduardo was able to achieve his goals. He’s an exceptionally devoted, organised and patient student, who no doubt deserves the grade he got. He works full-time and is usually extremely busy, which made it tremendously hard for him to juggle work, family and IELTS exam preparation. Nevertheless, despite all the challenges, he managed to successfully reach his aim.
At the moment, I’m teaching English to his lovely wife Fernanda, since in the future she’d also like to take the IELTS exam. I’m confident that we’d be able to get the best result possible as well and I’m very grateful to Eduardo that he trusted me to be his English and IELTS exam preparation tutor.
素晴らしい It was an honor to be Helen's student from April through July 2020. I used to have two classes per week.
During this short period, my English level improved significantly. I was able to pin down the subtle errors in the language that I used to make regularly. With little practice, it was possible to weave the newly learned techniques into the fabric of my speech. I was also able to pick up the right British accent with time. All thanks to those sessions, which were engaging and fun, to say the least!
I am glad that I found an English tutor like Helen who was able to take my English up a notch. I am also delighted to receive such a positive and beautifully written feedback from her, and I am looking forward to picking up where we left off soon.
Najwa is my student from Saudi Arabia.
When Najwa contacted me, it was obvious that she already had a good command of the English language. That’s one of the reasons why I was keen to choose her as my student - I love challenges and it is always a bit of a challenge for every teacher to teach C1 - C2 level students since they always keep you on your toes, especially students with such an advanced level as Najwa’s :)
She was looking to improve her English skills since she realised that there were some gaps and inaccuracies in her knowledge that should have been fixed, but she didn’t know exactly where to start and how to proceed further.
I was happy to assist her and resolve her doubts. Eventually, we were able to find and solve some ingrained errors and noticeable inconsistencies in the areas of her grammar she had no idea existed.
I was overjoyed to note her immensely quick progress and her ability to successfully grasp new material with very little revision. That’s why we were able to proceed rapidly and have a lot done in a very short period of time.
For example, even without any serious accent creation and modeling practice, she managed to get the hang of how to pronounce some British English sounds and repeated them successfully which made her sound a little British. That’s outstanding and makes me wonder how great she would have been if we had actually arranged some proper pronunciation and accent modeling classes. I’m sure we would have made her sound as British-like as possible ;)
Overall, Najwa is an extremely kind, pleasant, fun, genuine, and proactive person. In addition, she’s very smart and intuitive, which makes her a natural when it comes to learning English. That’s a very rare talent which, in combination with her persistence and hard work, delivers excellent results.
I’d be happy to continue helping her to embrace that talent and hope she’d restart her CPE exam preparation in the near future.
素晴らしい She is a professional English teacher and has a vast amount of knowledge to teach. Due to the internet connection in my home, I cannot continue to study with her, however I seriously recommend everyone to take her class, especially those who need a teacher to lead your study in proper and effective way.
Yusuke is a Japanese student who contacted me recently. He is polite, friendly and organised, so working with him was a pleasant experience. He needs to significantly improve his English in order to communicate with native English speakers effectively. I’ve been designing an individual programme for him, which addresses all of his English language needs in terms of pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, so I’m looking forward to continuing our classes when Yusuke fixes his unstable Internet connection.
素晴らしい Thank you, Helen, for your professional feedback! I am very happy to hear that I achieved progress in my pronunciation and especially in my grammar. After a couple of months working with you I have recognized how important a correct pronunciation is to leave a good impression in both business and leisure. I can imagine that with your help I am motivated to prepare for IELTS :)
Marie is my student who is from Graz, Austria. She’s a clinical psychologist.
What impresses me about her the most is that she’s extremely enthusiastic about learning English and improving her oral and written skills. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that becoming fluent in English is one of her major life goals. That makes me particularly keen on teaching her since I know that she’s not studying hard just to pass an exam with flying colours or get an “A” in some test but mainly because she truly enjoys brushing up her skills.
We started off with untangling her ingrained pronunciation errors. Firstly, she couldn’t pronounce correctly sounds “V” and “W”. Since the sound “W” doesn’t exist in German, it was quite a challenge for Marie at first, but with constant practice and comprehensive feedback from me she managed to master them both to perfection.
Secondly, voiced “TH” and unvoiced “TH” proved to be quite difficult for her as well. I still correct her sometimes, especially with unvoiced “TH”, but her pronunciation is nothing like it was before - occasional errors are barely noticeable and we fix them as soon as she makes them. Marie clearly understands how to pronounce two sounds properly and the difference between them since we’ve spent many hours practising them together and recording special tutorials for her with more thorough and individual explanations. Therefore, even if she makes a mistake, it’s just a slip of the tongue, nothing more. I’m sure that with further practice even these “slips of the tongue” will disappear without a trace.
We continued with working on Marie’s grammar and vocabulary. For vocabulary improvement, we use lots of different techniques and strategies. Since the learning approach is tailored to Marie’s needs, we opted for a steady but constant progress - the learning curve doesn’t sore rapidly and we don’t intend it to.
After analysing Marie’s needs in detail I have come to a conclusion that in her case the progress needs to be consistent and evenly spread out. Only this approach will deliver significant results. We emphasise a stable improvement with long-term memory training rather than a quick but pointless short-term training. That’s why my innovative project - visual thematic speaking development sessions via Google Slides - appears to be most effective. It helps Marie immensely since she’s a visual learner so visualising expressions and idioms we study is a must for her.
In terms of grammar, we have also managed to achieve some tangible results. First and foremost, Marie has finally been able to put her finger on the correct uses of all advanced tenses- that wasn’t an easy task, but she coped with it successfully. Now we’re going to focus on weaving these complex tenses into the fabric Marie’s spontaneous speech. Further plans include embedding accurate uses of modal verbs into her daily English practice and amplifying the use of connectors.
To conclude, I’m incredibly grateful that Marie chose me to be her teacher. Teaching is not only about the knowledge and skills a teacher needs to possess in order for the learning process to be successful. It’s also about the student - whether s/he encourages the teacher to become the best version of herself/himself or not. Marie continuously inspires me to invent new, fun and even extraordinary assignments to always keep her on her toes and ensure that not only her English skills advance but also her imagination, creativity and perception of what learning is all about. I couldn’t have wished for a better synergy.
素晴らしい Thank you very much for your kindness, Helen =D As always, you describe the situation very accurately! Once again, I do recommend your classes to everybody who wants to take English learning seriously.
Fernando is one of my students who is from São Paulo, Brazil. He contacted me with some very specific requirements in mind: he wanted to significantly broaden his vocabulary, improve his pronunciation and eliminate noticeable grammatical incoherences. He already had some simple English conversation classes where teachers didn’t teach him anything, didn’t correct his mistakes and basically just chatted with him in order to boost his confidence and as a result, facilitate his English communication with other speakers. So what he essentially wanted was to find a professional who’d be able to actually “teach” him, not just “chat” with him.
I explained Fernando all about my teaching method - communicative student-centred approach. I learnt it during my Master’s degree studies at Griffith University, Australia and have been implementing it in my teaching practice ever since. I emphasised that:
=> Meticulous analysis of his mistakes;
=> Creation of an individually tailored programme to assess all of the areas of his speech;
=> Finding the best and quickest ways to improve the problematic areas are one of the core aspects of my approach, so he can rest assured - he found what he was looking for.
After having taught Fernando for two months, I can confidently say that out of all aspects of an English language he was able to improve, pronunciation stands out the most.
Before we started the classes, he had a very vague idea about the way an English phonetic system functioned and how to properly pronounce some tricky English sounds. In addition, he had already learnt and gotten used to an incorrect pronunciation of quite a few sounds. Therefore, over the entire course of our studies, we were bending over backwards to fix the wrong pronunciation and incorporate correct sounds into his speech.
I admit it was no easy task ;)
Nevertheless, at the moment, I am more than happy to acknowledge that our effort has finally paid off.
When I hear Fernando speak now and compare his speech to what I heard two months ago, it’s like hearing two different people:
=> He significantly improved the articulation of all of his sounds, not just the ones he had difficulties with;
=> His problematic sounds have disappeared;
=> His general comprehension of the phonetic system has immensely improved.
Now, if Fernando expressed such desire, it would be possible to work on a creation of a particular native English accent: American, British, Australian, any accent he prefers, really.
That is a remarkable achievement that can not be overlooked.
In terms of other areas, I would like to pay attention to the changes in Fernando’s vocabulary.
The usage of adjectives and phrasal verbs became vividly noticeable in his speech. Moreover, something that I’m particularly pleased with, is that he started including into his language phrases, expressions and idioms that we covered during our regular classes and visual thematic speaking sessions. Every time I hear him use correctly brand-new idioms for him like “out of the blue”, “rings a bell”, “tip the scales” or “think outside the box”, etc., I feel like a child who was given a medal for winning a competition - happy and very proud :)
In terms of Fernando’s grammar, even though we considerably improved his understanding and usage of some basic grammatical tenses, including the tricky ones like Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous, we still have a lot of work to do, especially when it comes to prepositions, connectors, conditional sentences and advanced usages of modal verbs.
To sum up, I’d like to thank Fernando for being so committed to improving his English language skills. One of the moments that would melt any teacher’s heart is the one when even after a long and exhausting day at work, a student finds time and strength to do an English assignment a teacher had given him/her the day before. I’ve experienced plenty of those moments with Fernando, which makes me confident that he’s not going to stop improving his English language skills, even though it might be challenging at times. Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue guiding him on his learning path until he reaches a native-like proficiency.
素晴らしい I appreciate you so much Helen! You made not only my day, but a year! I feel like Christmas is coming! I have never thought of myself as such a great person. Thanks for your amazing review, it encourages me a lot!
Yuki is one of my students who is from Tokyo, Japan. It has been a great pleasure for me to give classes to such an amiable, warm-hearted and resourceful person. When I’m planning our classes I’m always thinking of ways to impress Yuki and help her learn and practice something she hasn’t known before. I’m immensely excited about her progress and enjoy seeing her use some of the grammar or vocabulary we learnt during the previous lessons.
In general, I’m very glad to acknowledge that Yuki has proven to be an exceptionally diligent student. Even though working on her mistakes was demanding for her at first, every class she kept proving to me that she wasn’t going to give up. She was clearly ready to overcome difficulties in order to achieve her aim.
It was inspiring for me to see this unyielding commitment in her.
In a nutshell, Yuki’s initial goal was to receive 6.5 overall in IELTS exam to apply for her studies at Griffith University, Australia. Her previous result was 6.0 overall and we had only 2 weeks of preparation to improve it. Therefore, I warned Yuki that this limited amount of time might not be enough to change the grade for the better. Yuki fully accepted that possibility and decided to go through an intensive preparation anyway.
Eventually, her effort paid off - she got 6.5 overall in just 2 weeks. We were on cloud nine when we received this amazing news! The result wasn’t completely unexpected though - the amount of effort she invested in the preparation was humongous.
Not only did she work hard during the classes trying to absorb and practice as much material as possible, but also she carefully did all of the home written and oral assignments to revise and reinforce everything that was learnt during the class. It’s no wonder that thanks to such a thorough approach to studies Yuki improved significantly over a short period of time and was able to achieve a desired overall grade in IELTS. I couldn’t be happier for her ;)
At the moment, we’re preparing Yuki’s oral and written skills to university studies, which, of course, isn’t a piece of cake. Nevertheless, I’m confident that she’ll be able to succeed in this area the same way she succeeded in her exam preparation. On my part, I’ll make sure to provide her with all the necessary knowledge and training so she could feel well-prepared.
In addition, I did my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Griffith Uni as well, so I am happy to share my personal experience with her, give some useful tips about the assignments and ensure that she figures out all ins and outs of university life in general. Hopefully, my profound involvement in Yuki’s uni studies will help her to avoid lots of pitfalls and make her transition into the university life less problematic and much easier.
素晴らしい Thank you very much Helen! This review makes me feel more motivated :) You are an inspiring teacher!
Veronica is one of the most diligent students I’ve had in years. She is as passionate about being my student as I am about being her teacher. I’ve been having classes with Veronica for a couple of months now and her progress has been hard to overlook: her vocabulary has become much more abundant and sophisticated, her grammar - more accurate, her pronunciation - much clearer and more native-like. Moreover, she is genuinely interested in improving her current English level and that makes teaching her even more satisfying.
Vero, I will do my best to lead you on the path you’ve chosen and work on your English skills until we master them to perfection. You’re a fantastic student, just be yourself and continue to study hard. On my part, I promise I’ll keep you on your toes every step of the way :) Looking forward to our next class!
I have been incredibly impressed with Helen as a teacher. I wholeheartedly enjoyed being taught by her, as she managed to maintain a strong work ethic and consistent improvement, whilst being a friendly and kind person. It is indeed delightful to realise that she has exceeded my expectations. I never thought that I could achieve such a quick result via Skype lessons. So far, we managed to create a British accent on the basis of my original accent and considerably expanded my vocabulary.
My primary goal was to equip myself with communication skills and extend my English knowledge beyond my area of expertise. Helen has most definitely achieved this by presenting themed presentations and examples tangible to real-life. Helen's greatest asset is her ability to embody her expertise in linguistics within useful and applicable contexts to facilitate learning.
Furthermore, she challenged me intellectually and motivated me to put more effort and devotion to obtaining the desired outcome. Helen is a very experienced teacher who is also empathetic, which helps her establish a powerful connection with her students. She is a woman of action, and her positive energy fills up everyone around her, motivating them to realise their full potential.
Helen is a nice, enthusiastic teacher with extensive knowledge of English and English teaching. I am Italian with problems in English pronunciation. Helen’s explanations and practical classes helped me a lot, so I strongly recommend Helen!!!
Hi! I’m Fernanda from Mexico.
Helen is the best teacher and friend.
My previous English teachers were always very bad and basic. That’s why as soon as I started the classes, I quickly stopped them because I didn’t have a good and dynamic teacher.
About a year ago, my husband asked me if I wanted to take English classes to improve my English, because his teacher Helen was very good, so I decided to accept his suggestion. And now it is incredible how much I have learnt with her!
She is not a typical English teacher. She is very dynamic and very sweet with my learning and I appreciate it a lot. Now I feel that not only do I learn a lot with Helen as an English teacher, but also with Helen who has become my new best friend. Also, I’m hoping to start preparing for my IELTS exam very soon.
“I’m Helen’s student Fatemah from Saudi Arabia.
Learning English with a tutor like Helen is like finding a treasure I never dreamt about, and that’s the wisest decision I’ve made. Not only did my English improve, but also my self-confidence, because she works on my pronunciation and she makes my terrible English speaking sound more professional than before.
Before I met my tutor Helen my ultimate goal was just to upgrade my speaking skills to enhance the clarity of my speech for effective communication. However, after meeting her my goal grew beyond that, it became much bigger since now I would like to master English speaking to perfection and truly become an advanced English speaker. I am sure that she will help me to achieve that aim by making continuous and stepwise progress tailored to my needs.
Moreover, I like that she helps me to increase sentence length and complexity, properly use prepositions, irregular verbs in past tense, and increase the variety of sentence types (e.g. question tags, negatives, etc.)
I am enjoying studying English with my tutor Helen. She is a professional and an outstanding tutor. The classes are fun, engaging and her approach in teaching is interactive since she uses powerful and effortless techniques to make everything simple and easy to grasp despite the challenges I face during the studying process.
Now I really can't go back to the old superficial way of learning English. That’s why I would definitely continue this journey to advance my English and I can't wait for the outcome. "
Hi everyone! I’m Monika and I’m from Paris, France.
Starting English courses with Helen is like finding my lucky charm. With her, you can master your English without jumping through hoops. Everything seems to be accessible, easy to achieve and time after time, you feel more confident. Additionally, Helen is good at transferring complex grammar rules to funny exercises. For example, she taught me idioms with visual thematic classes. They consist of a mix of pictures, definitions and specific exercises tailored to my individual requirements. The results were astounding! In less than two hours, I memorised and practiced six idioms and until today, I am able to use them in daily life.
It's amazing how I can remember my first class as if it was yesterday. We had to start from scratch because we had to review some basic English grammar. One of her strengths is her capacity to quickly identify your weaknesses and to give you all the needed clues without jumping the gun. Moreover, she helped me with some specific requests such as translating my French resume and creating some cover letters in English.
I recently asked Helen if she could help me to prepare Academic IELTS exam in quite a short amount of time (around 2 months). It is one of the most difficult exams to pass with flying colours because you have to be excellent in four fields at the same time (writing, speaking, listening, reading). Although my request seemed to be ambitious, she has taken this challenge and together we have been mastering my English, so I’m looking forward to taking an exam very soon!
But even before taking the exam, thanks to her, I am already ready to take on the world! Although I am not a native speaker, I feel more confident and strongly believe I have made incremental progress. My dreams are turning into reality.
To put it in a nutshell, I just would like to say : “Thank you, Helen, for your professionalism and patience”. I strongly recommend her classes to anyone who is looking for a teacher able to provide both entertaining and efficient English courses.
My name is Matisse Lafond. I’m from Marseille, France.
Learning English with Helen is useful and effective. She is friendly while remaining professional. Since the beginning, she helped me to improve my English whether it was my way of speaking or my grammar. Moreover, her way of teaching is interesting because there are many hands-on discussions and interactions. She gave me a lot of examples to give clear illustrations of what we were learning during the lesson and develop my English grammar. On top of that, the resources she was sending me to reinforce my knowledge were extremely helpful, I really enjoyed using them.
Therefore, I fully recommend her classes to everyone.
Helen is a highly qualified English teacher. The classes are challenging and I learnt a lot.
I got in touch with Helen to improve my accent and I was very satisfied with the methods we used to learn how to pronounce different letters correctly. It was immensely helpful. She also taught me how to use different formal and informal expressions, which my active vocabulary lacked.
The lessons are generally very structured and she also sent me video recordings of our lessons so I could review my own speech. In addition, Helen uses a lot of materials to enrich the lessons which helps to improve faster and makes the lessons more fun.
In summary, Helen is a nice and fun person who I really enjoyed working with and would contact again for more lessons.
Helen is the best English teacher! She is a professional. By understanding my objectives and my English level, she personalized a plan for me, so I could work on my mistakes. At the same time I started learning new grammar, idioms, vocabulary and all what I needed to improve my skills. In addition, we have worked hard on my pronunciation and now I feel much more confident when I need to participate in conversations at work. Moreover, she constantly evaluates my progress, so we can pay attention to some specific points in order to correct them.
To continue, Helen has many resources to help you easily understand and successfully memorise the extensive English vocabulary. One of them are the visual thematic classes, which I found fascinating because it is immensely helpful to understand the meaning of an idiom or a phrasal verb by means of an image.
As Helen’s student, during every class I practised rigorously the skills I had to enhance. By now, I have learnt all of the key methods and techniques required to improve my listening, reading, writing and speaking. Mastering these abilities to perfection is of paramount importance to obtain a high grade in IELTS exam, which is my main aim at the moment.
Based on my experience, I strongly recommend Helen as a teacher. I am learning a lot and I am sure I will reach my goals very soon.
I'm pleased to have Helen as my English tutor. I was a bit off base initially as to what was needed from me to take my English to the next level. Nevertheless, it’s not the case anymore since I came across her profile during my search for a personal CPE tutor.
To start with, Helen’s approach in teaching is unique as she actively engages the student throughout her classes. Personally, I found her way remarkably effective in consolidating the new knowledge and skills I've learned in English language in addition to making my English speaking sound more professional. Moreover, her devotion to her profession is evident from the effort she puts into preparing the classes and the way she individualizes them in accordance to my needs. For instance, I had the opportunity to try the visual thematic classes, which not only enriched my knowledge of English idioms, but also were fun and interactive.
All in all, Helen is a tutor who’s proficient in her endeavor. By attending her classes, I didn’t have to bend over backwards to take my English up a notch. I would definitely be happy to continue stepping up my English with her being my tutor and I am almost certain that I’ll pass my CPE with flying colors given her dedicated teaching.
Helen is a very patient, kind and ambitious teacher. She is always prepared and creates funny and well-organised classes. Also, her teaching efforts have motivated me to learn more and fast.
I am a visual learner and I like the way that she explains grammar and vocabulary in pictures, videos or drawings. In addition, she is a very creative person, so she always comes up with new ideas or topics - a guarantee for inspired, entertaining and engaging lessons. Time seems to fly during the classes!
Since the variety of English teachers is enormous, during my search I specifically focused on looking for a native English teacher with a degree in teaching because among other things I wanted to improve my pronunciation. The strategy has paid off. Since I have started learning with Helen my pronunciation, especially this tricky TH sound, has become more native-like. Overall, it is very helpful that I understand the phonetic alphabet better than before, so now I make fewer mistakes in my pronunciation.
Another thing which has been improving very fast is my vocabulary extension. I hated learning vocabulary, but with Helen`s simple tricks, I have learned a lot of advanced vocabulary and now I am able to express myself clearly and coherently.
In terms of grammar, I have made progress in understanding and implementation of different tenses. I am very glad that Helen is such a sensitive person because sometimes I need more encouragement in my learning process. She knows exactly how to motivate me and as a result, my progress is immense. Therefore, if you are looking for individual English classes with a lovely, smart and funny teacher, I can highly recommend Helen.