My name is Douglas. I live and work in Blackpool, in the United Kingdom.
I've been teaching English as a foreign language since I completed the TESOL qualification in teaching English to speakers of other languages in the year 2000. I began my teaching career in Spain, where I worked in language schools and on various business premises for corporate clients.
Now I'm based in the UK and do all of my teaching online.
I give courses in both general and business English to adults; that is, from the age of 18 onwards. I teach all levels, from beginners to advanced.
Before I became a teacher, I worked for many years in information technology, developing database systems. I gained a lot of experience of how people communicate in a business environment, and this is still very useful to me today in my teaching work.
Of course, everybody is different and we all have our strengths and weaknesses. So I work with each new student to find out where the starting point is and where he or she wants to go. Then we work together to reach that destination. I use a variety of teaching materials, including coursebooks, audio files and video links to give practice in all four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. In case this all sounds too serious, we don't forget to laugh too. My teaching style is purposeful but relaxed. We are here to learn, but learning really can be enjoyable!