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Karen Poust

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About Me

I know that you sometimes feel tongue-tied when you try and speak in English, the words dry up and your brain seems to have turned to mush, even though you have hours of classroom experience and know lots of English vocabulary and grammar rules! I can speak fluent French, but I still remember that feeling. Our receptive skills are always much stronger than our productive skills in language acquisition.
I can help you use your current English language skills to be able to communicate with ease and coherence and will teach you how to build on them and improve your confidence. You will really sense that success; you will stop worrying about grammar and producing sophisticated sentences and instead, will learn to love your mistakes!
I like this quote from Richard Branson: ‘You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.’
This brings an image of a toddler to mind, doesn’t it? That brings me to another point – children learn language by ‘doing’, experimenting and experiencing the rich rewards of getting their message across. We can all get a message over successfully when we need to communicate. Your lessons with me will be about real communication – on topics of genuine interest to you. Both your self-confidence and your English skills will flourish!
You need a minimum of 5.5 in IELTS to get to a university in England – work towards a band 6 or 7 with me; you will get to that magical point where you can speak at length ‘without noticeable effort or loss of coherence’….let’s get going!
I offer academic and general writing tuition, speaking practice, reading (at speed) and active listening...the whole package to help you move up through the IELTS bands.
I'm also able to offer lessons at lower levels, pure conversation or Business English.
Book with me today and become confident in English!

Teacher Stats

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timetable5 years ago
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2017 - 2017
On-line Course
British Council
Teaching for Success: Learning and Learners
2017 - 2017
On-line Course
Cambridge English Language Assessment
Exploring the World of English Language Teaching
1985 - 1989
B.A. (Hons) French, English and Linguistics; Post Graduate Teaching Certificate
Lancaster University; York University - UK
All of my subjects and consequent career have been centred on language.

briefcaseWork Experience

2010 - 2017
English Teacher and Head of English
Our Lady of Lourdes MAC Academy - UK
Teaching English, creating scheme of work, leading a team of teachers
1995 - 2009
Teacher Recruitment
British Schools Italy and IFG Langues France and other private language schools in Paris - France/Italy
Recruiting EFL teachers for chain of language schools in France and Italy
1990 - 1995
Teacher Recruitment
English Institutes - France
Based in the UK recruiting EFL teachers for chain of language schools in France
1988 - 1990
English Teacher and Centre Manager
English Institute Lyon - France
Teaching Business and General English to adults
1987 - 1988
English Teacher
Lycee Hotelier de Besancon - France
Teaching Vocational and General English


2017 - 2017
On-line course
British Council
Understanding IELTS