Hello and Welcome!
I’m David. I am a certified English teacher with 30 years of language teaching and testing experience. I specialise in IELTS, Cambridge English and CELPIP, as well as Business English, Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Reading skills.
Prepare for IELTS Cambridge English CELPIP exams
Many exam prep courses consist of just writing practice exams, over and over. Others claim to have “secret tricks” to improve your score. The truth is, there is no substitute for hard work and patience. However, you need to know what to work on in order to improve. I have ten years’ experience as a Speaking Examiner for Cambridge English, as well as seven years’ experience as both an IELTS and a CELPIP Speaking and Writing rater. I will work with you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and develop a study plan to help you master the Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking skills you need to pass any exam!
Upgrade your English communication skills
More and more people are using English in the workplace to communicate with colleagues around the world. But not everyone needs the same set of skills. One person might only need to arrange a flight or book a hotel room. Another person might need to read and interpret complex data, and then summarise and present it at a conference. I have helped many learners over the years to upgrade their communication skills for work, travel, study, or leisure. I can give you the tools you need to communicate clearly and effectively at any level.
Watching movies and reading books can be a great way of developing your vocabulary and comprehension. But to truly learn a language, you have to use it. Use it, or lose it! One-to-one lessons online via Zoom are the perfect way to develop your confidence at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. I can help you with grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and intonation to develop your fluency and expression. Sign up for a 15-minute Language Check-up, where we will set up a plan to increase your confidence.
Improve your listening comprehension
Not quite ready for lessons yet? Then tune into my podcast! Talking Through My Hat is a show for learners of English as an additional language. Tune in to find stories, tips, and interviews with a variety of speakers of different backgrounds using everyday authentic English. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you will also get show notes and worksheets to help you master new vocabulary and useful phrases. Tune in and tune up your English!
Find out more
I live and work in Vancouver, Canada, on the traditional unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil Waututh Nations. Contact me to to find out how I can help you achieve your English learning goals!