Achieve your ambitions with better English.
Are you a healthcare professional who needs to use English to communicate with colleagues, patients and clients?
Do you need to take the Occupational English Test to work in an English-speaking country?
Using a different language in the workplace from the one you use at home isn't easy! As an experienced English language teacher I can help you identify what skills you need to improve, and how to improve them so that you can communicate more effectively in English, and achieve a high score in OET.
I am Helen Louise and I am passionate about helping people improve their English. For 20 years I lived and worked in countries where a language other than English was spoken. I've studied German and Spanish to quite a high level, and also learnt just enough Bulgarian, Greek and Arabic to get by. This took a lot of time and effort! These experiences helped me understand how important it can be to learn another language, as well as the challenges and frustrations. I often found it difficult to express myself clearly, or be confident that I understood what other people were saying or expecting me to do.
Healthcare professionals face the specific of challenge of needing to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. I understand the need to adapt your language, including the vocabulary you use, depending whether you are speaking to other healthcare professionals, patients or their relatives.
The Occupational English Test is a widely recognised test of English language proficiency, and highly appropriate for healthcare professionals. As an approved OET teacher, I can help you understand exactly what is required in all the papers, and give you tips and strategies for gaining a high score.
Since I started teaching over 27 years ago, I have helped hundreds of learners improve their English. As a professional English language teacher, I am dedicated to providing you with high quality lessons and resources to support your progress in English so that you can achieve your ambitions.
After living abroad for almost 20 years, I am now based in Malvern in Worcestershire, UK.
Certificate in Online Tutoring, International House World Organisation;
Certificate in Advanced Methodology, International House World Organisation;
LCCI Certificate in Teaching English for Business, Frances King School of English, London;
RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults International House, London;
BA (Hons) German Language and Linguistics, with Spanish, University of East Anglia.
Using a different language in the workplace from the one you use at home isn't easy! It can be difficult to express yourself clearly, or to understand exactly what colleagues or patients are saying. This can lead to misunderstanding and problems which could potentially be very serious. I can help you improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills so that you feel more confident and can communicate more effectively with your colleagues, patients and clients.
Do you need to take the Occupational English Test to work in an English-speaking country? Achieving a high score in this test isn't easy, and many candidates waste money by taking the test before they are ready. But how do you know whether you are ready, and what you need to do to gain a high score? OET lessons can help you to understand exactly how to achieve a high score, so that you can take OET with confidence.
"Personally, I recommend Helen as an English instructor for OET. She is professional and always gives constructive comments. She helped me in improving my writing and speaking. Indeed it was her help and guidance that made the difference." Heba, doctor and OET candidate from Egypt
- One-to-one or small group online lessons for adults
- Choose the skills you want to focus on - speaking, listening, reading and/or writing
- Improve your vocabulary, grammar and/or pronunciation
- Start any time of the year
- Flexible scheduling available if requred
- End-of-course certificates available on request
ENGLISH FOR HEALTHCARE
English for medicine
Are you a qualified doctor? Do you need to improve your English to communicate more effectively with your colleagues and patients? This course will help you improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as your vocabulary and grammar. Available at these levels: B2 (upper-intermediate) and C1 (lower advanced).
English for nursing
Are you a qualified nurse? Do you need to improve your English to communicate more effectively with your colleagues and patients? This course will help you improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as your vocabulary and grammar. Available at these levels: A2 (elementary/pre-intermediate), B1 (intermediate) and ( B2 (upper-intermediate).
English for carers
Are you working as a carer in a care home, nursing home or private home? Do you need to improve your English to communicate effectively with service users and colleagues? Are you planning to work in care, but need to improve your English first? If your level of English is A2 (elementary/pre-intermediate), then this course is for you!
Topics include: effective communication, personal care, medication, health and safety.
English for medical studies
Are you planning to study medicine? This course will help you improve your academic skills, for example understanding lectures, taking notes, giving presentations, writing reports and reading long texts. Suitable for students at B2 level (upper-intermediate) or above.
English for nursing studies
Are you planning a career in healthcare and nursing? This course can help you, whether you are preparing to study, or already studying, at a college or university. The course focuses on effective communication skills, and includes a wide range of relevant topics such as dealing with patients, giving good and bad news, writing notes or emails, as well as vocabulary and grammar. For learners with minimum A2 level English (elementary/pre-intermediate).
OCCUPATIONAL ENGLISH TEST PREPARATION
One-to-one lessons for doctors or nurses preparing for the OET. Understand exactly what is required for each paper, and learn tip and strategies for gaining a high score. Receive detailed feedback on your writing and speaking, so that you can improve these skills and be ready to take OET with confidence.
In order for you to be confident in succeeding in the OET, your current level of English must be at least CEFR C1. This is the equivalent of OET B, or IELTS 7 or above.
OET writing feedback service
Are you preparing to take the Occupational English Test? Would you like personalised feedback on your writing? Book the OET writing feedback service to check whether you are test-ready!
Click on the link below to book a day and time to submit your letter. You will then receive one set of writing case notes and a task by email. Try to complete the writing task under timed conditions (45 minutes). Within 48 hours of submitting your letter you will receive detailed feedback relating to the OET marking criteria, correction of your mistakes (including grammar, vocabulary and punctuation) and suggestions for improvement.
Book now, and feel more confident to take OET!
Improve your speaking, listening, reading or writing skills, and focus on vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation as required.
Do you want to practise speaking English but don't have much time? Have a 30-minute English conversation lesson in your coffee break! Choose the topic you would like to talk about, and book a time and day to suit you. Includes immediate, personalised feedback to help you improve your speaking skills and become more confident.
"I personally recommend Helen as a teacher, as she is dedicated to making sure her students are equipped with the necessary materials and resources for her lessons. She is an incredibly patient and understanding tutor, and helped me to feel comfortable and confident in both my English speaking and writing, especially regarding the IELTS." Sofia Arriola, university student, from Guatemala
"Helen has the insight, skills and experience to develop your fluency and understanding of the English language with a view to achieving positive results in the IELTS examinations. Highly recommended for learners of all levels." Eamonn Mullally, teacher & educational leader
"My father has been having bi-weekly remote sessions with Helen Louise for a little while now. My father was initially concerned that he would not be able to keep up. However, he finds that the pace of the lesson is appropriate for him and Helen makes him feel very at ease adjusting to his requirements. My father was provided with all the necessary materials he required and he is already feeling a lot more confident in his ability to learn at his age. I would definitely recommend!" Daughter of Muhammad, general English student from Bangladesh
"Personally, I recommend Helen as an English instructor for OET. She is professional and always gives constructive comments. She helped me in improving my writing and speaking. Indeed it was her help and guidance that made the difference." Heba, doctor and OET candidate, from Egypt
"I have been meeting with Helen for over a year now and I feel she has helped me massively with all aspects of learning English for business. Helen is specifically helpful when concentrating on my grammar and vocabulary. Whenever I come away from a lesson I feel I have progressed and learnt more each time. Helen is a great help and always goes out of her way to help and support me in every way that she can." Adina Dine-Iures, care home manager, from Romania
"Very organised lessons which cover a lot in a very short period of time." Law student needing support with academic writing
Lesson prices are per person and depend on the number of people in the group.
- a placement test to check your current level of English (where necessary)
- a coursebook (as appropriate, extended courses only)
- personalised feedback and correction of speaking and/or writing
- regular homework
- access to a virtual board for storing and organising resources
Coffee-break conversation lesson - £20
English for specific purposes, including OET preparation*
* English for specific purposes, including: English for doctors, English for nurses, OET preparation, English for healthcare workers, IELTS Life Skills preparation.
OET writing feedback service - £25 per letter
1. Minimum age
Minimum age for any lesson or course is 18.
2. Face-to-face lessons
Face-to-face lessons usually take place at your home or place of work.
3. Online lessons
Online lessons use a user-friendly online platform. You will need a computer/laptop, a microphone and a good internet connection! A headset or earphones are also recommended.
4. Payment of fees
One-to-one lessons: Fees for face-to-face courses may be paid by bank transfer, PayPal or in cash, and are due at the end of each lesson or at the end of each week as agreed. Fees for online lessons must be paid by bank transfer or PayPal at least two full working days before each lesson or block of lessons. Fees for the OET writing feedback service must be paid in advance.
Group courses: Fees must be paid in full before the start of the course.
5. Rescheduling lessons - one-to-one only
If you wish to reschedule a lesson, please let me know as soon as possible (at least 2 hours in advance for one-to-one lessons - see cancellation policy below). I will do my best to change the time/day, though this will not always be possible. If I need to reschedule a lesson, I will let you know as soon as I can. However, this is very rare!
6. Cancellation policy
One-to-one lessons: At least 2 hours’ notice must be given if you wish to cancel a lesson. Lessons cancelled with less than 2 hours’ notice will be charged at the rate of 50% of the lesson fee. No refunds are possible once payment has been made. If you are absent from a lesson without giving any notice, the lesson fee cannot be refunded. If I need to cancel a lesson then I will refund any fees paid or reschedule, as agreed.
Group courses: At least 48 hours’ notice must be given if you wish to cancel your booking for a course. If cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice, 50% of the course fee will be charged. If cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice, 100% of the course fee will be charged. No refunds can be given once a course has started. Group lessons or courses may be cancelled if there are not enough students enrolled. In this case any fees paid in advance will be reimbursed. If you are absent from a lesson, the lesson fee cannot be refunded and the lesson cannot be rescheduled. If I need to cancel a lesson then I will reschedule it, but this is very rare!
7. Lesson times
Lessons will start and finish on time! The lesson time can’t be extended if you are late. In the rare instance that I am late I will extend the lesson time by the corresponding number of minutes.
Any necessary resources such as a coursebook (if appropriate) or other material are usually provided at no extra cost. A coursebook is included only when appropriate, and on receipt of payment for at least 6 lessons. I may also recommend purchasing other resources if appropriate.
9. Writing tasks
For writing lessons, fees include feedback on one short writing task (up to 300 words, for example one OET letter or one essay) per lesson.
10. OET writing feedback service
No refunds are possible once payment has been made. Letters must be submitted on the day that has been booked.
11. Your commitment!
In the case of extended courses, lessons will usually take place on a regular basis, for example weekly, unless otherwise agreed. If you frequently cancel lessons, you might lose your time slot. Self-study in between lessons is essential if you wish to make progress more quickly. Successful language learning needs commitment, regular study and practice!