English teacher in London - Jane Lawson | DailyStep

English teacher in London - Jane Lawson

Introduction

I am a highly-qualified English teacher, with over 20 years’ experience of teaching in London.

I started producing DailyStep Audio Lessons because I so often notice that, when starting their English course, my students’ speaking and listening skills are much weaker than their reading and writing skills. In my view, this is because education in school does not focus enough on communication skills. DailyStep is designed to remedy this situation by improving speaking, listening and vocabulary. 

My lessons can also be used to improve writing skills, by using the audio files as dictation materials. I use DailyStep in my own classes and the language and ideas included in the DailyStep Audio Lessons often directly reflect the questions that my students ask in class.

I love teaching English and I am passionate about the English language. I am fascinated by the complexity, history and current idiomatic usage of English, and how English has incorporated words and grammar from so many different languages. It is a real pleasure for me to see the development of my students’ language skills, and how a broader vocabulary and knowledge of English allows them to express and understand increasingly complex ideas.  

My qualifications:

  • Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from International House, Piccadilly, London.
  • Bachelor of Law (LL.B) - 2nd class Honours
  • English A Level - Grade A
  • Business and Professional English - Grade A
  • English Language O Level - Grade A
  • English Literature O Level - Grade A

My Background

I majored in Law at the University of Cardiff, passing with an L.L.B. Honours degree (a degree in Law) , and then worked for three years as a researcher and journalist for Sky Television and BBC magazines. I decided to change to English teaching because of my love of the English language and my wish to move into more satisfying work.

I qualified as an English teacher in 1992, at International House in London, an institution affiliated to the British Council. My first teaching job was at a language school in Covent Garden, London, where I taught Cambridge Examination classes and Business English. After 2 years, I moved to the Nippon Club, Piccadilly, where I taught General English and Business English courses for 9 years. I also developed a unique course called British Society & Culture, covering all areas of British life, such as politics, law, education & music. At the same time, I taught Business, Financial & Legal English in the City, the financial centre of London. My clients have included Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International Plc, The Korea Exchange Bank, UBS Warburg, Richards Butler International Law firm & Credit Suisse.

As well as preparing and recording the audio lessons and running the DailyStep website along with my husband Brendan, I also run in-company English training for financial and legal companies in London, recruiting the finest and most experienced English teachers to teach courses on behalf of DailyStep. We pride ourselves on our excellent, interesting and topical in-company English lessons, which fit easily into your busy working day. If you would like us to provide a tailor-made course for you or for the employees at your company in London, please email me at jane@dailystep.com for information and an assessment of your needs. If you are not in London and would prefer face-to-face lessons by Skype, please email me at jane@dailystep.com for details.

I have also developed and taught unique full-day and half-day workshops for English learners in the following subjects: 

  • Business Meeting Skills
  • Business Presentation Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Communication Skills for Managers
  • English Pronunciation
  • Social English
  • Planning and Writing Business Reports
  • Business Writing Skills

Please contact us if you would like any more information about our English courses in London.

My examination teaching experience includes the following exams:

  • IELTS
  • TOEIC
  • TOEFL
  • Cambridge PET 
  • Cambridge First Certificate
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Cambridge Proficiency
  • The London Chamber of Commerce & Industry examinations in Business English (L.C.C.I.)
  • BULATS (Business Language Testing Service from Cambridge Examination Board)

DailyStep lessons are the culmination of my English teaching experience – I know that, if properly used every day, they definitely work! 

You can read testimonials from my online students here. If you have any questions at all, you can also email me at jane@dailystep.com.

 

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