My name is Calvin Smith and I have been a CELTA-qualified English tutor since 2005.
My wish was to use my qualification to combine a love of travel and teaching: I have since taught a great diversity of courses in a number of places, such as France, Germany, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine and the USA; courses encompassing business English, conversational English, comprehensive exam preparation courses (First Certificate, FCE Gold, IELTS etc), creative writing courses and entirely flexible classes for students looking to naturalize their English at any level from Beginner to Advanced.
My great passion is the written word and its endless potential. In addition to teaching, I have written for stage, experimented in music journalism, poetry and short prose, and remain a keen collector and reader of classic and contemporary literature. I also have a love for the creative arts and their wonderful range of forms, from live music to sculpture, improvisational theatre to film.
It is my belief that language learning is most enjoyable and effective when it is flexible, culturally relevant and varied in its material. I enjoy the challenge of shaping courses to particular student’s needs; utilizing contemporary material, multi-media, literature and imagery to enhance a learning experience.
Now settled in England, my offer to potential students is to stay in my home, where myself and my partner Lidia will make every effort to provide you with comfort, good humour, and the rapid improvement of your English language!
Out for the day with students - cycling along Exeter Canal