I'm a Cambridge University qualified English tutor, born and raised in Manchester. I have been teaching for over 10 years and have specialized in English as a second language for the last couple of years.
After working at a couple of major language schools in Manchester I came to the conclusion that a formalistic way of teaching is not the most beneficial or the quickest way to learn a language. Many of my students could understand the tutors, each other and the recordings on the CDs but once they left the college and entered the real world they were struggling with people who 'don't speak English properly' and 'eat their words'!
I now teach freelance using a variety of methods that allow my students to understand and be understood by the general native English speaker. I specialize in improving spoken English, with focus on pronunciation, intonation and rhythm, including slang and common phrases, therefore helping you to communicate in day to day life. I am flexible and can discuss and help you build vocabulary in any area you like as well as helping with job interviews, work projects, exam preparation (FCE/IELTS), business English or just helping to build your confidence.My lessons are relaxed and fun as I feel students learn better this way and feel more confident to use the language, leading to quicker progress. Plus I like to have a laugh ; )
Contact me if you are fed up of grammar and boring books and want to learn 'real' English.
LessonsGeneral and business English. Accent reduction, improving pronunciation and fluency. Exam preparation (IELTS/FCE).
Proof-readingHelp with proof-reading of theses, essays, dissertations, CVs etc. Contact me for a quote.
Rates1 hour = £17.50
5 hours = £80
10 hours = £140
Here's a few comments made by people I have worked with. And I didn't even need to bribe them :-)
Paolo, Italy "I believe that Del has come up with a new way of teaching English that is definetely incomparable to other teachers as he focuses on the rhythm and intonation of English which I believe it will come in handy when interacting with native English people. His method is enjoyable and relaxing and I think it can surely suit every foreign student's needs. I wish I had started doing lessons with him earlier."
Jaroslav (Sales Director - PBtisk), Czech Republic "Del is great teacher with big experience. He helped me improve my English specially Common English.I am glad to know him. Thanks for all Del ;-) "
Alexandra (UKnowledge), Russia "Del was teaching our groups and individual students on line. The lessons structure was very well organized and he was always on time. Del used very interesting materials during classes and his individual approach helped students to relax and feel confident with their English. We received only good and positive feedback after his lessons!"
Nassrin, Iran "I have been living in London for nearly a decade now. Throughout the years my speaking was improved only tiny bits, by picking up words and expressions here and there. I never felt I spoke the language with full confidence, so I decided to take an english course. Group courses were dreadfully boring, and the level of these classes weren’t really suitable for me. I invented different methods to improve my speaking, well, it didn’t quite work. It was starting to get frustrating and my speaking was getting even worse, due to losing enormous amounts of confidence, until I started my classes with Del. I’ve had classes with him twice a week for three months now. First of all this has been my chillest experience of a language class. I can’t wait for each lesson to come which is very uncharacteristic of me. I think this is because of Del’s very flexible method of teaching. He let’s you wander and find things that you don’t know and want to know, so you actually learn things very organically. Secondly and more importantly, I think he is excellent at finding what your weaknesses are in language, and what you need to improve. So, he gives you these exercises that are kind of tailored based on your needs. There is always a challenge but not too much to scare you off. My confidence in speaking english has grown. I don’t hear “Excuse me, what did you say?”, anymore, because my pronunciation and stressing are hugely improved. I highly recommend Del, for people who want to speak good english but they are not quite there yet. Del helps you to take a big step towards your goal."
Khalid, Saudi Arabia "Very qualified and very good teacher. I really enjoy the lessons ,they are so useful and help me a lot in listening and speaking."
Lai, China "Just let u know you are a wonderful teacher and the way you teach,help me learn a lot also help me day to day life I guess....many thanks."
Cristina, Italy "Del is a very experienced and competent teacher. He has helped me to improve my pronunciation and my knowledge of the English language. Thanks!"
FDFGroup, Russia "Del is a qualified english teacher. He helped me and my colleague to prepare for the business conference. To work with him was easy and enjoyable. If you are searching for a good teacher of english, Del is a good choice."
Rebecca, Hong Kong "Del is a great and encouraging teacher. His class is well organised that his students can learn in a relaxing way. Also his unique teaching method focuses on learning pronunciation, intonation and REAL English, which are useful to understand how native speakers talk. I enjoy doing his lessons so much, and the teaching materials are really helpful to improve my spoken English. Thank you Del :)"
Antonio, Italy "After 9 years in UK I have finally decided to take english lessons, surfing on the web I have found simpleenglish.co.uk and I have decided to give it a try. After only a couple of lessons with Del, my world is changed, he was able to share with me some complex concepts in a super easy way and most important thing to me, without spending time reading long documents or memorising rules. Del is without any doubt a highly professional english teacher, his lessons are friendly and very enjoyable, you can apply his teachings immediately. I am very confident to say that If you really want to dramatically improve your english and/or simply boost your talking skills, Del is the solution for you!"
Gabriel, Spain "Every day I learn a lot with you From the incredible ere teaches me a lot of a simple grammar or a verb thanks for having a chance in my life with a person like you and making me speak with you I learn much more than a book can contain."
Dmitry, Russia "I am pleased to recommend Del as a great English teacher! He has an excellent communication skills and a love for the English language. I really enjoy working with him, he always try to be very flexible in terms of time and the way of teaching. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
Anonymous "The lessons helped to improve my English, Del is an experienced and easy going theacher."