STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, UNITED KINGDOM
I’m Caroline and I live in the centre of small, friendly village about 10km from Stratford upon Avon. I live with my husband Clive, my sons, Fred 17, Jamie 19 and my dog Millie. As a family, we enjoy visiting historical houses, museums, and anything else of cultural interest, watching films, eating good food and having lively discussions at the dinner table.
Teaching English as a foreign language is quite a recent career change for me and I have qualified with TEFL.org 150 hour certificate which included modules in teaching for business, one to one tuition and young learners. My aim with all my students is to make learning English fun and rewarding, so I always adapt my teaching content to their individual needs. Allowing plenty of student talking time, is the best way to develop confidence and fluency in English, so I find that mixing lessons with activities, games and excursions work really well.
Before I trained to be an English teacher, I ran my own recruitment company for nearly 20 years. This has given me a lot of knowledge and experience in business communication and conducting meetings in lots of situations. As well as helping companies build teams of people, I was also involved in mentoring and coaching individuals and supporting young people starting their careers. I have worked with companies of all sizes from multi-national corporations to new business start-ups both in the UK and abroad.
I would describe myself as a ‘people person’ and I enjoy talking to people about their different cultures and lifestyles. It’s always interesting to find common ground with people’s habits and beliefs as well as their differences and this always leads to great conversations. When I have time, I really enjoy travelling and have recently visited Barcelona, Paris, Montreal, Costa Rica, and Croatia. I also spend lots of time in the South of France and enjoy shopping in the markets and eating in the local restaurants.
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom | View a map of this location
Nearest airport(s): Birmingham, East Midlands, Bristol, Heathrow
Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Birmingham
Nearest railway station: Honeybourne
Any Other Languages?
Tefl.org Certificate 150 hour course
BA Hons Modular Studies majoring in Politics London Metropolitan University formerly City of London Polytechnic
A Levels English, History, Sociology
- Lower/Pre- Intermediate
- Business English
- Business English
Caroline is married to Clive.
About the Local Area
My village is situated about 10km from Stratford upon Avon and is close to a famous area of natural beauty called “The Cotswolds’. We are an hour’s drive from Birmingham and Oxford and other famous cities such as Bath and Bristol are within easy reach. This makes our home an ideal base to reach well-known places that will enrich any visit to England.
Stratford upon Avon is famous for being the birthplace of Shakespeare, has one of the country’s top theatres and is very popular with tourists. There are plenty of historical castles, stately homes and other places of cultural interest in the local area, many of which have a Shakespeare connection.
The Cotswolds has been on the tourist map for many years and several famous towns such as Chipping Campden, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water are very pretty and worth a visit. They all have ancient churches and monuments steeped in history, small craft shops, and cafes serving traditional English food and teas.
Our local area is rural and very beautiful, so it’s great for walking, cycling and enjoying the great outdoors. Many of the local ‘Cotswold’ villages are hundreds of years old, full of pretty cottages, and lovely gardens that are sometimes open to visitors in the summer.
Excursions available with Caroline
As a family, we enjoy visiting historical buildings, museums and other local attractions, so I am always keen to take visitors sightseeing. There are so many places to see, it’s easy to put together itineraries that will appeal to everyone and all age groups. Examples of popular attractions are: Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Mary Arden’s House, Charlecote House, Cadbury World, Black Country Museum, to name but a few. Many of these attractions have actors role-playing domestic scenarios, craft demonstrations, and small shows about farming and hunting methods from hundreds of years ago. Local ‘farm shop’ shopping is also fun, so places such as Chipping Campden and some of nearby villages sell seasonal fresh food, locally made cheeses, preserves and other English specialities.
As well as Stratford upon Avon, cities such as Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Birmingham are within easy reach either by car or train and we are also on the direct train line to London. All these cities have museums, art galleries, exhibitions, historic buildings and excellent shopping which are all of cultural relevance. If students are interested in going to concerts or theatre performances, these will need to be booked and paid for in advance, but I can advise on the most accessible venues from our house and organise transport.
It is important to include sightseeing as part of the language and cultural enriching experience, so I can accompany and take students to places by car as well as arrange for them to travel by public transport. For ‘shopaholics’, Bicester Village is famous for discounted luxury brand clothes and accessories and only an hour away by car.