Improve your English with tailored lessons
Do you want to improve your English? Would you like professional support in achieving your English language learning goals? I can help! I offer one-to-one or small group lessons for adult learners of all levels, from beginner to advanced, in Malvern and surrounding areas. You can also study online, wherever you are in the world!
All courses are tailored to individual needs, with a focus on improving your communication skills, and balance listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, depending on your aims, interests and current level of English.
Lessons take place in a supportive and encouraging environment, and can be arranged at your home or place of work. Extensive and intensive courses are available, and classes can be scheduled on a fixed or flexible basis.
Contact me for more information about prices and courses, or to arrange an assessment of your English level.
Improve your speaking, listening, reading or writing skills, and focus on vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation as required.
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 clients and colleagues? These courses are aimed at employees with minimum A2+ or B1 level English (pre-intermediate/intermediate). Topics include effective communication, personal care, medication, health and safety. Specific content and length of course vary depending on requirements.
English for restaurant staff
Do you need to improve your English for a front-of-house or kitchen role? These courses are aimed at employees with A1 or A2 level English (beginner/elementary), who need to communicate with customers and colleagues in a restaurant or cafe. Topics include taking reservations, taking orders, vocabulary of food/drink, with a focus on the establishment's menu. Specific content and length of course vary depending on requirements.
Occupational English Test Preparation
Short courses and workshops for doctors or nurses preparing for the OET. One-to-one lessons only, focusing on speaking, listening, reading and/or writing as required.
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 correction service: Get feedback on your writing and check whether you are test-ready! You will be sent a writing sub-test task to complete and return. I will then provide detailed correction and feedback within 24 hours to help you improve your writing.
IELTS Life Skills Test Preparation
Prepare to take your IELTS Life Skills test with confidence! Find out what to expect during the test, and make sure you are ready to pass.
90-minute workshop includes mock test and feedback. One-to-one only!
I am Helen Louise and I am a qualified English language teacher with over 20 years' experience of working with adults, both in the UK and overseas. I have taught learners of all levels, from beginner to advanced, in both one-one and group settings.
Having studied German and Spanish, I understand the challenges and joys of learning another language, and I am passionate about supporting clients as they work to improve their English language skills!
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 (2:1), University of East Anglia.
"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
"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
1. Minimum age
Minimum age for any lesson or course is 18.
2. Booking lessons
If you would like to book a lesson or course, please get in touch by email, phone or facebook messenger. I will then give you more information about my availability. In some cases I will send you a link to my online calendar, which you can then use to select the day(s) and time(s) you wish to book.
3. Face-to-face lessons
Face-to-face lessons usually take place at your home or place of work.
4. 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.
5. Payment of fees
Fees for face-to-face courses may be paid by bank transfer 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 at least 48 hours before each lesson or block of lessons. Fees for the OET writing feedback service must be paid in advance.
6. Rescheduling lessons
If you wish to reschedule a lesson, please let me know as soon as possible (see cancellation policy below) and 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!
7. 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.
Group lessons: at least 24 hours’ notice must be given if you wish to cancel a lesson. If cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice, 50% of the lesson or course fee will be charged. If cancelled with less than 2 hours’ notice, 100% of the 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 I need to cancel a lesson then I will refund any fees paid or reschedule, as agreed.
8. 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 coursebooks or photocopied material are usually provided at no extra cost. I may also recommend purchasing other resources if appropriate.
10. 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!