General Information

I am a native English speaker with 20 years' full-time teaching experience.

Typically, I teach individual students, as space is limited, but groups of 7 are possible.

IELTS preparation a speciality, minimum recommended course duration - 12 lessons of 90 minutes to cover basic skills, but it depends on student level and exam requirements. More time may be required. Students have the option of finishing at any time.

I cannot offer any guarantee that you will get the IELTS score you need. However I can guarantee to do what I can to help you.

Also available, extensive IELTS preparation materials for self-study and exam practice. These are available free of charge to all IELTS students who study with me.

I don't teach under 12s, but am proud to recommend Interpress IH, not only for Young Learners' courses, but for all English tuition.

I can also prepare for TOEFL, all Cambridge exams, GRE English, but not SATs.
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I am fluent in 7 languages, a trained journalist, a native speaker with a degree from a leading UK university, an IELTS expert, experienced in teaching business English, English for many different purposes at all levels including Proficiency and Beginner, all types of internationally recognised exams, large groups, individual students, courses with Elementary and Advanced students in the same group, intensive courses, long courses, writing only courses, speaking only courses etc etc.

I was Assistant Director of Studies and Senior Teacher in Interpress, have worked for the British Council, have trained other teachers and I am a consultant teacher for the BBC Teaching English website. I have a teaching portfolio of 124 gigabytes and can create new teaching materials quickly to suit the students.

I have also been working in Almaty for many years, I know the typical mistakes and how to solve them, the difficulties people have and the solutions.

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My experience includes:

Interpress International House, Teacher of English (including Senior Teacher and Assistant Director of Studies), Almaty, summer 2008 to spring 2015

The British Council, Cairo, Egypt, 2007 to 2008

The London School in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 2006 to 2007

British School of Verona, Verona, Italy, 2005 to 2006

Accent Courses Ltd, England, Summer School programme 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009

Mississippi Language Centre, Roccabernarda, Calabria, Italy, 2004 to 2005

British Institutes, Andria, Puglia, Italy, 2003 to 2004
My career has included extensive experience of the following:

Preparing students for IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge (KET, PET, FCE, CAE & CPE) and Trinity College examinations

Group classes, all ages and levels including children, teenagers and summer school

English for Specific Purposes, for example business English, English for opticians, for tourism, also in-company lessons for corporate clients

Contact Me

+7 777 525 6093 - SMS or Whatsapp

Instagram @learn_english_with_chris

Location - Aimanova St (Abai - next to Alatau Metro Station) Almaty

Sorry, I do not teach off site, all lessons are in my school. I can provide lessons online if necessary.
This may not be my usual teaching style, but it was fun to do.

Celebrity Students

My students in Almaty have included:

Aigul Ulkenbayeva, Master Dombraist

Erzhan Nurgaliyev, Master Tenor

Ardak Nazarov, World MMA champion

Son Pascal, Italian singer

Aigerim, Miss Asia 2014

And many others, equally as important :)

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