NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
My name is Vandra Lockyer, born and educated in London, England I currently live in Norwich, Norfolk. I have two adult children both married, one living in London, the other in the nearby town of Wymondham. I have travelled and lived abroad for much of my life gaining insights first hand as to the frustrations experienced living and working in another country, learning a second language and soaking up the social and cultural ways of the country. My various work experiences range from entrepreneurial management of my own business – small ice cream parlour in Africa; undertaking a BSc degree in Podiatric Medicine I worked as a podiatrist in U.K. for several years subsequently followed by teaching English in the U.K., both at language schools followed with several years as a host tutor, and, for the past few years, in Mexico where I spend a few months of the year with my Mexican family. As an ESL teacher of twelve years, I have found my varied background has helped me to empathise with the challenges of learning another language. I have taught general English, IELTS, and business English. I design my lessons according to my students needs, and can offer specific language classes associated with business, law, and medical English. Where possible I can arrange workshops associated with students own interests, adding targeted vocabulary into the course curriculum.
I enjoy learning from students about their own cultures, lives and aspirations, and integrate my students as much as possible with my own social life giving as much diversity as possible to their Homestay experience.
Location: Norwich, United Kingdom | View a map of this location
Nearest airport(s): Norwich City Airport, Stansted, Luton
Nominated airport(s) for transfers: London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport
Nearest railway station: Norwich Train Station
Any Other Languages?
Qualifcation:B.Sc Podiatric Medicine
- Lower/Pre- Intermediate
- Business English
- Cambridge ESOL
- Skype Tuition
Vandra is married to Ben and he is a TV and Radio presenter
About the Local Area
Norwich, UNESCO City of Literature, is a city established on the River Wensum, approximately 80 miles north east of London. It is a medieval Tudor city, with a Norman castle at its centre, and a variety museums displaying the historical development and heritage of the area. A cathedral, dating from 1200, and many surviving ancient Tudor buildings and cobbled streets give Norwich its fame as the oldest complete Tudor city in England. Norwich, famous for its textile and leather industries in past times, is now an arts and cultural centre. The City has many boutiques, restaurants, theatres and cinemas complexes, as well as a university with an exhibition centre and Dragon Hall – National Centre for Writing. Several ‘Art Deco’ inspired parks offer a diversity of activities such as boules, golf, tennis, garden walks. Norwich City Football club lies to the south west of the city and is home to the famous ‘Canaries’ (Norwich City football team).
The surrounding area of Norfolk has many ‘broads’ (lakes) for boating holidays, wildlife reserves, gardens – both public and private together with stately homes, and historic castles open to the public. Sandringam Castle Estate, country retreat to the Queen, lies north west of Norwich. The estate gardens are open to the public at certain times of the year.
The coast of Norfolk faces the North Sea to the east, and the Wash to the north. These coastal areas offer superb beaches, walks and, during the season, sightings of the famous local seal colony.
Good rail and road links provide easy access south to London, and west to Cambridge famous for its University and of course the Oxford v Cambridge boat races. Newmarket, famous for horse racing, can be found to the south of Norwich.
Excursions available with Vandra
I can offer students tours, walking or hop on hop off bus tours, around the City of Norwich with its Tudor buildings, cobbled lanes, medieval cathedral, Norman castle and museums, and great shopping. Visits to the theatres and/or cinemas and exhibitions being shown can be arranged during the students visit.
I can also organise various two half day visits or one full day visit to attractions in the area surrounding Norwich City or further afield:
A visit to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, at the University of East Anglia campus, offering both permanent and temporary art exhibitions. There is also a walk around the campus broad and local café for a break.
Riverside walks following the River Wensum along its course from the city centre.
A day trip to the famous university town of Cambridge, with sight seeing bus tour. A tour of the university can be arranged prior to going to the city, so too can a visit to the Scott Polar Research Museum which introduces you to historic (and cold) exploration of polar regions. For visiting Cambridge students can expect to spend the day out and would need to cover expenses for eating out and train fares.
Visit to a stately home such as Felbrigg Hall or Bradenham Hall. The grounds are open to the public and there is the option of taking a picnic or eating at the on-site cafés.
Visit to Gressenham Farm and Workhouse – a working museum of traditional country life in Victorian Norfolk, including, for those who love horses, seeing the traditional shire horses used to work the land in old times. There are also picnic areas, cafés and shops.
Visit to Banham Zoo with its variety of domestic animals as well as array of reptiles and insects, exotic birds and mammals. Again there is the option for picnic or café dining.