Rachel I


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About Rachel

Rachel lives with one of her daughters and two small dogs in their seafront home in Telscombe Cliffs, which is just to the East of the seaside City of Brighton. The direct sea views from the modern apartment across the cliffs are breathtaking and create a perfect retreat in which to study all aspects of the English Language. The student’s room in Rachel’s home has a double bed, desk and plenty of space for clothes, with a private door from outside. The communal bathroom has a bath and separate shower. Rachel’s family eat healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food – although meat can be provided if required. Rachel caters for all types of dietary intolerance and allergy, and has considerable experience of managing these.

During 2017 Rachel studied for the Level 5 TEFL Certificate and passed with Distinction. This, together with a BA (Hons) Degree in Business, has enabled her to change career and teach the English language to foreign students. This she is now doing from her homes in Brighton and Valencia, both of which offer great learning environments for students to be immersed in English with Rachel and her family. In addition to Homestays, Rachel does occasional classroom teaching and has a considerable number of students, based around the World, that she teaches remotely using Skype.

Rachel’s earlier career was based in the financial services industry, with roles over a 25-year period which included client relationship, risk and fraud management for various banking groups. During this time, she had experience in delivering education and teaching as follows:
• Head of Education for a professional body for 4 years – writing and managing courses.
• Director of a training business, which Rachel set up to provide training and education to the financial services industry. She wrote the material, arranged the venues
and did most of the training, typically to groups of 20 to 30 people.
• For the last 15 years, in addition to her full time work duties, Rachel has been involved in writing and marking examinations and coursework and voluntarily teaching
and coaching people in the workplace.

Rachel loves teaching and sees her Homestay role as being much more than English language teaching, but also about sharing time and British culture with new people, eating together, talking together and introducing students to her friends and family. Rachel’s home environment is welcoming, relaxing and full of fun.

Location Information

Location: Telscombe Cliffs ,Brighton  | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): London Gatwick Airport

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Gatwick (LGW)

Heathrow airport supplement: Available on Request

Nearest railway station: Brighton

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Any Other Languages?

GCSE level French; Beginners level Spanish (learning)

Academic Information

Qualifcation: I have TEFL Academy Level 5 (160 hours including 20 hours learning in a classroom) plus teaching experience (classroom teaching 16 hours, home stay teaching totalling 6 weeks and 21 Skype students).

I also have considerable experience training adults; I ran my own training business for 2 years (producing and delivering courses to classrooms of staff in Banks across the UK). I also managed Education for a professional body, the Asset Based Finance Association, for 5 years. During my 25 year career working in the finance industry I have coached and mentored countless students through their professional training and examinations, whilst I was employed as an accounts manager, project manager and risk manager.

I have a BA (Hons) Business Studies Degree with a 2:1 grade. I am also a part qualified ACCA Accountant.

Courses Taught

  • Elementary
  • Lower/Pre- Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper-Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Business English
  • Advanced
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Skype Tuition
  • Aviation English
  • 17+
  • Adults

Family Information

Rachel is lives with her daughter

About the Local Area

Brighton is close to London, with regular trains taking around one hour to get to Victoria Station. There are buses every few minutes from Rachel’s home to Brighton Marina and the Centre of Brighton, which is full of shops, bars, nightclubs and coffee shops. There are so many places to visit, including Brighton Pavilion, the Pier, the British Airways i360 – the world’s tallest moving observation tower – the historic Lanes and the eclectic North Laine area close to Brighton Station. Being on the edge of the South Downs, Brighton and the County of East Sussex have some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK, and Rachel’s home is close to the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and Cuckmere Haven, which provide interesting walking opportunities for all levels of fitness. The pretty English villages of Rottingdean and Ditchling, and historic Lewes are also within easy reach of Rachel’s home.

Excursions available with Rachel

As above. I am happy to do accompany students on excursions to any of the above places, including London

Rachel’s Photos

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