Hi. My name is Matthew and I live in Lichfield with my wife Janette, our 3 daughters (Florence 2, Victoria 9, and Charlotte 10 years old), and our cat, Betsy. I have taught English for speakers of other languages, and associated subjects including Academic, Digital and Study skills, for over 20 years. For many years I was an IELTS examiner for the IELTS speaking and writing tests. I currently lecture part time at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Before I became a teacher, I worked for seven years in I.T. at the British Board of Film Classification in London, which has fostered an on-going interest in both computers and movies.
Our home is a four bedroom, detached house with a private garden, in a quiet, friendly street. We are close to numerous parks, shops, and recreational activities including gyms, tennis courts, and football pitches. Lichfield has two train stations which offer convenient and easy access to all cities and towns in the UK.
We understand the importance of making our guests feel comfortable and, whenever possible, involved in interesting, productive activities. I endeavour to make learning engaging, and student centred, meaning students often learn better by not just listening, but also actively communicating and doing exercise, activities, and tasks. At home, in addition to studying, we enjoy cooking, arts and crafts, and regularly play board games, cards, table football, and swing-ball. We all enjoy reading and there are always a lot of books around the house. We also like watching and playing sports, including tennis, swimming, and football. You will improve your English skills by living and learning in this immersive and authentic environment.
We enjoy going to the theatre, concerts, eating out, and hiking in the local countryside. Both our older daughters are musical and are interested in learning other languages and cultures. They are all excited to welcome you into our home.