Online English Teacher (TEFL), native speaker from Oxford, England
With over 25 years experience in Business and I.T. I now use my knowledge to teach Business English online using Skype or Google Hangouts, specialising in the UK and Western European business arena. I also provide tuition to prepare students for the IELTS examination.
EnglishProtutor is an online eLearning initiative designed to provide a cost-effective and flexible solution to your English learning needs.
Summary of Services:
IELTS is the world's most popular, internationally recognised, English language test for higher education and global migration.
Take this intensive course for the skills you need for IELTS Academic.
The course comprises of three key areas: 1) Writing (task 1 and task 2 essays), 2) Speaking and 3) Reading, to quickly raise your English language proficiency for the IELTS Academic test.
Task 1 - 5 lessons
IELTS writing task 1 lessons, advice and useful information to help you prepare successfully for task 1. Develop your skills for IELTS writing task 1 academic training paper. Learn about describing charts and graphs as well as letters for task 1.
Task 1 Band Scores and Marking Criteria. The IELTS examiner will mark you on:
Task 2 - 5 lessons
Success in IELTS writing task 2 is depends on using the right methods and techniques. These 5 intensive lessons include model essays, lessons, assignments and information that will develop your skills for writing task 2. These lessons will teach you how to maximise your IELTS writing task 2 band score. Topics include:
5 IELTS speaking lessons, providing advice and exam information to help you prepare successfully for your IELTS speaking test.Covering the 3 speaking areas:
IELTS reading test and model answers. Develop your reading skills with these practical lessons. Topics include:
|10 lessons||60 minutes duration - writing at $20 each||$200|
|5 lessons||45 minutes duration - speaking at $15 each||$75|
|5 lessons||45 minutes duration - reading at $15 each||$75|
Course includes: all lesson plans in either PDF or PowerPoint format, full handwriting analysis, essay assignment marking and in-lesson reviews, practical advise about taking the IELTS tests and instructions how to contact your local test centre.
For additional course information, please contact me via email.
Excellent communication and presentation skills are very often stated as the main difference when it comes to choosing the right person for the job.
But of course, there are other things that you need to get across in an interview situation - like how well you are suited for the job, your technical abilities, your ability to expand in the job and how well you're going to fit in with the rest of the team.
Ultimately however, it will be how well you express yourself in the interview and how well you answer the relevant questions that will decide the outcome.
And this is where EnglishProtutor can help you.
By attending this online course you'll ensure that you have the best chance possible of getting the best job that you are technically qualified to perform.
The course is aimed at the Upper Intermediate Level English level and consists of four, 60 minutes lessons, as follows:
LinkedIn Quiz: Alcohol and Work
|I’ll drink to that||a phrase showing approval and agreement through a celebratory drink|
|Work’s ‘do’||work’s is a synonym for company and ‘do’ is an informal word for party, e.g. ‘we’re having a bit of a do tonight’|
|Off-site||away from the work building|
|Function venue||a place specialising in weddings and parties|
|light refreshments||soft drinks and beer|
|Hors d’oeuvres||snacks, French but used in English|
|Sit down meal||usually a meal with a lot of food and a number of courses|
|Soft drinks||drinks like lemonade and fruit juice, Spirits are sometimes referred to as hard drinks|
|Tipsy||euphemistic term for a little drunk|
|Punch up||informal term for fight|
|In||the ‘in’ thing, in fashion|
|Drinking culture||a culture where drinking alcohol is accepted, even approved of|
|Fumes||usually emissions from cars or factories but used in the term, to breath fumes on somebody|
|Alcohol ban||100% prohibition of drinking during work hours|
|Random alcohol and drug testing||to randomly select and test staff without warning for signs of alcohol or drug presence in the blood|
|Hangover||the negative after effect of alcohol consumption|
|Work days lost||days of absence|
|Bladdered, hammered, rat arsed, wasted, wrecked, pickled||all synonyms for being drunk|
|Brahms and List||Cockney rhyming slang term for drunk but used nationally|
|Drunk as a lord||popular idiomatic term for being drunk, not to be confused with it’s opposite, as sober as a judge|
|Partypooper||someone who is a killjoy or no fun at parties|
|A round of drinks||a number of drinks bought for the group of friends you are with. People normally take it in turns to buy a round, e.g. ‘whose round is it?’|
|A pint||a unit of beer or lager; you can also half a pint which may also be contracted to ‘a half.’|
LinkedIn Quiz: Dress Code
|Accessories||additional items warn such as jewellery|
|Stipulate||to demand or require something|
|Bathing costume||something worn at a swimming pool or beach|
|Inappropriate||not suitable for the circumstances|
|Imposition||something which is imposed, forced upon somebody|
|Compulsory||must be done|
|Invests authority||gives power to|
|Non-negotiable||can not be negotiated|
|Safety equipment||equipment worn to protect employees from hazards|
|Hard hat||strong hat worn on building sites|
|Protective goggles||glasses to protect eyes|
|Steel toe-capped boots||boots with a reinforced steel toe cap|
|Heavy industry||industries like shipbuilding and mining|
|Disciplinary action||action taken against an employee for breaking rules|
|Formal||strict, not casual|
|Suit||pronounced soot, not sweet like suite; jacket and trousers|
|Smart||casual an intermediate level of formality which usually means not jeans|
|Casual Friday||every Friday, where wearing less formal clothing is permitted|
|Dress down||dress less formally|
|Dress code||a formal company policy on what can be worn|
|Neck plunge||the part of a blouse that is open from the neck|
|Blouse||female equivalent of shirt|
|Hem||the bottom edge of a skirt or dress|
|Invasive||something that invades privacy or rights|
|Laughable||amusing but in a negative way, ridiculous|
|Enforce||put into practice, use some kind of force to make it happen|
|Outlandish||very wild, unusual and noticeable|
|Body piercing||holes made in the body to decorate with pieces of metal and rings|
|Attire||synonym for clothing|
|Common sense||a commonly used phrase to describe something which is good sense and sound judgement in practical matters|
LinkedIn Quiz: Exploring Synonyms: Moods
LinkedIn Quiz: Effective Sales
1. Choose a synonym from the list to complete the tip box on successful selling.
01. showing self-assurance (confidence)
02. building good rapport (understanding) with people
03. being persuasive (convincing) with new or regular customers
04. showing consideration (attention) with good listening skills
05. being smartly dressed with neat grooming (care in appearance)
06. providing superior (excellent) after-sales service
07. cooperating (working well with others) within a sales team
2. Match the sales ideas from A to their meaning in B
|1. Follow-through||E. Make contact after the sale is finished|
|2. Network the market||G. Research, profile and make contact with new customers|
|3. Make sales calls||B. Visit or phone customers|
|4. Do cold calling||J. Visit or call a customer unannounced|
|5. Overcome objections||F. Deal successfully with customer worries|
|6. Log visits and calls||C. Keep a record of customer contact|
|7. Establish a target||D. Set a goal|
|8. Over promise, exaggerate||A. Say something that isn’t true or realistic|
|9. Follow-up||H. Do something 100% for the customer|
|10. Prospect a customer||I. Make new contacts for potential clients|
3. Number the sales tips and steps in a logical order
1. Set up an appointment with the client.
2. Identify and analyse needs.
3. Write a sales proposal.
4. State your sales pitch with a Unique Selling Point.
5. Clarify features and benefits. Give the customer a General Benefit Statement.
6. Give alternatives.
7. Don’t rush the sale.
8. Deal with rejection.
9. Negotiate with the customer.
10. Recap the agreement.
11. Follow-up on the Service Level Agreement.
4. Choose the best word to finish each sentence
A. Good selling is all about relationship (friendship/ relationship/ connection) building.
B. Your product or service should be adaptable (adaptable/ changeable/ variable) to meet the needs of each customer.
C. The sales manager and the customer have an intense discussion (conversation/ negotiation/ discussion) to agree on the details of the contract.
D. We always aim to give a long-term commitment (promise/ decision/ commitment) to every customer.
LinkedIn Quiz: Family Friendly Relocation
|Candidate profiles||information and reports about candidates Senior selection- the recruitment of people to the highest positions Global mobility - moving jobs around the world|
|Rung||the word for a step on a ladder|
|Career ladder||metaphor for career progress|
|Culture shock||shock and stress caused by suddenly being exposed to a very different culture|
|Psychometric tests||tests that measure character and personality Cultural adaptation - the process of being able to adjust to a new culture Appointment - being formally given a job|
|Compensation||payment of money in return for a sustained loss|
|Job search||a general term covering a range of activities in finding a job Red tape - common informal term for government bureaucracy Prospective schools- possible schools to considered|
|Stuck out on a limb||informal idiom meaning to be disconnected or isolated Community|
|Liaison officer||someone who manages interaction with the community|
|Ex-pats||common term for people living and work in a country other than their own|
|Confidential counselling||private and discreet counselling support|
|PC||common abbreviation for politically correct|
|Hard-nosed||objective and cold; thinking practically rather than emotionally|
Карпова Маргарита, Консультант SAP BW, Москва, Россия
"Занимаюсь с Кеном английским примерно чуть меньше полугода. Так как мой уровень английского на тот момент был чуть выше среднего – мои пожелания касательно занятий были поддерживать данный уровень, развивать больше навыки speaking, изучать грамматику, расширять словарный запас и в дальнейшем использовать его на практике. Занятия всегда были интересными, так как Кен выбирал наиболее подходящие для меня темы для обсуждения, тексты и вопросы (заранее поинтересовавшись, какие области мне больше всего нравятся), а также эффективными на мой взгляд, так как мы успевали сделать упражнения разного типа (более творческие, упражнения «на подумать», логические). Каждый урок начинался с 5 минутного повторения недавно пройденного материала, что, как мне кажется, лучше всего помогает закрепить изученный материал. Конечно, построение занятий индивидуально и зависит от конкретного ученика, я лишь хочу сказать, что Кен принял во внимание мои пожелания и организовал занятия наиболее эффективным для меня образом, за что ему большое спасибо.
Однако последние 1,5 месяца мы занимались исключительно подготовкой IELTS. Так как сроки были максимально сжаты, готовиться пришлось в спешке. Что мне больше всего понравилось – это то, что несмотря на нехватку времени мы успели изучить наиболее важные аспекты необходимые для сдачи экзамены (writing & speaking), которые намного облегчили дальнейшую подготовку. Материал давался постепенно, поэтому полученные знания структурированно укладывались и не успевали перемешиваться в голове. После каждого занятия Кен присылал домашнее задание, которое необходимо было выполнить до следующего урока. И я всегда получала отклик и конструктивную критику в ответ (на мой взгляд одна из важнейших черт преподавателя). Также Кен был всегда доступен по почте, поэтому при возникновении каких-либо вопросов ответ я получала довольно быстро.
На мой взгляд, Кен ответственно относится к своей работе, прислушивается к ученикам и интересно проводит занятия, что очень важно в изучении иностранного языка."
Сиденко Роман, инженер, Владивосток, Россия
"Обращаясь к преподавателю, я хотел получить акцент на морфологические особенности языка (смысловые оттенки синонимов), фонетику звучания и различного рода лексические конструкции. Имея некое представление о литературном языке, я задался целью расширения своих устных лингвистических способностей.
Берусь утверждать, что Кен в полной мере покрывает эти области как в нашем с ним живом общении (skype), так и при проверке моих домашних текстов, которые каждый раз возвращаются мне с его обширными комментариями и лингвистическими ремарками.
Кен активно предлагает вариации интересующих меня направлений курса, но одновременно гибок и открыт к моим рекомендациям. Так или иначе в результате его усилий я получаю наиболее оптимальный для себя подход.
Помимо всего, Кен приятен в общении как собеседник, обладает чувством юмора и применяет различного рода емкие вставки по поводу культурных особенностей англоговорящих стран.
Я могу смело рекомендовать его усердным, устремленным, ищущим открытий и лингвистических освоений людям. Этот человек будет стоить вашего времени."
Olexandr L'olya, Commercial Central buyer SUN InBev Ukraine
" Со своей стороны я бы хотел предоставить четкую рекомендацию принять участие в обучении с Кеннетом, в частности для людей, который работают с Англоговорящими партнерами. Которые планируют поездки заграницу, для специалистов в IT сфере, с целью улучшения языковых навыков. Также для детей с целью общения с носителем языка. Можете быть уверены на 100%, что финальные навыки по Английскому языку будут значительно улучшены. Такого результата вы никогда не достигните с нашими местными (не носителями языка) преподавателями. "
Anzhela Stashchak, Head of the International Department – Kharkiv National Medical University/KNMU, Ukraine
|"I would like to recommend Ken as the high-skilled teacher. His lessons are always very informative and planned. That makes it easier to understand the material and remember everything. It is also obvious that native speaker pays attention not only for general things like grammar and vocabulary, but can thoroughly analyze the pronunciation and help improve it."|
Evgenia Likhodumova, Spare parts Buyer CEE (InBev), Moscow, Russian Federation
|"Искренне рекомендую Кеннета в качестве преподавателя английского и носителя языка. Его уроки всегда насыщенны и разнообразны. Кеннет ответственно относится к своим урокам, с педантичностью продумывает ход урока, его сопровождение всеми необходимыми учебными материалами. То, что он имеет большой опыт работы в IT-сфере, позволяет его урокам быть продуманными с технической точки зрения, он пользуется самыми современными и разнообразными ресурсами Интернета чтобы сделать уроки разнообразными и интересными. Компетентен в бизнес-английском, поскольку имеет соответствующий опыт работы."|
Наташа Пороша, детский анестезиолог, ОДИКБ, Ukraine
|"Hi! Ken Jones is my Private English Teacher. I have been studying English 9 months, recently online. From the very first I've enjoyed my lessons, because Ken is interesting and presents information in a useful way for me. His lessons are all different, easy to understand and to remember. My English has become better. It is better evidence of qualifications of my Teacher."|
|Some common problem areas for Russian speakers:|
|There's no "th" sound in the Russian alphabet. So it's particularly difficult for Russian speakers.|
|Russian speakers often have a confusion between "w" and "v".|
|Question Tags. Russian speakers tend to intonate down, but actually we need to intonate up when we ask a question.|
|Our voice goes up when we are asking a genuine, positive question - with a question tag, when we are not sure of the answer.|
|You're not married, are you?|
|Our voice goes down when we are making a comment.|
|It's really warm, isn't it?|
|We are going to wait for him, aren't we?|
|It was a great game, wasn't it?|
|Terry lives near there, doesn't he?|
|This article was an excerpt from an EnglishProtutor lesson on pronunciation skills. Hope you enjoyed. If you are interested in joining an online class to improve your speaking and pronunciation skills, just email me for an initial assessment interview at:|
A normal lesson (Structured English) covers all aspects of the English language learning process; reading, writing (including dictation and punctuation), speaking, listening, viewing (including film reviews), comprehension. Lesson plans may contain elements of grammar and homework.
It seems the teaching industry is progressing more towards online teaching. Skype for example works fine for a one-to-one chat, but for a small group of four it doesn’t make optimum use of the available bandwidth, so I use Google Hangouts which is both reliable and better optimised for video conferencing. Screen sharing is really easy so that you can view all lesson notes and books easily. It’s easy to join subsequent lessons - just one click, at the agreed time of course.
Improve your writing skills (45 minutes):
Practical literacy writing skills, including - handwriting; typing; filling in forms; writing letters and reports; format and style; building paragraphs; dictation; punctuation and sentence construction; essays; short film reviews; reports; business presentations; homework.
|$18 USD per lesson|
45 Minute Concise English Lesson:
Including - reading; writing (including dictation and punctuation); speaking; listening and pronunciation correction; comprehension and understanding; English grammar and lesson homework. Teaching techniques include - conversation practice; debate speaking exercises; stress and intonation; vocabulary exercises; Kahoot tests; elements of Business English, including reports, presentations and letter writing; role play.
|$18 USD per lesson|
60 Minute Structured English Lesson:
Covering all aspects of the English language learning process - reading; writing (including dictation and punctuation); speaking; listening and pronunciation correction; viewing (including short film reviews); comprehension and understanding foreign English speakers; English grammar and lesson homework. Teaching techniques include - conversation practice; debate speaking exercises; dramatic dialogue, stress and intonation; vocabulary exercises; online aides such as Kahoot; elements of Business English, including reports, presentations and letter writing; role play. Special attention given to Russian speakers and associated speaking difficulties.
|$24 USD per lesson|
Job Interview Technique Course
Be prepared like a profesional by enrolling in for the online Resume and Job Interview Technique Course. Excellent communication and presentation skills are very often stated as the main difference when it comes to choosing the right person for the job. The course is aimed at the Upper Intermediate Level English level and consists of four, 60 minutes English lessons.
Curriculum Vitae Writing; Full Service:
Including initial consultation via Skype, CV returned as both Word and PDF documents.
|$40 USD per CV|
Curriculum Vitae; Subsequent Edit:
Subsequent CV editing, including further online consultation.
|$10 USD per change|
Voice-over (off-camera or off-stage commentary) is a service offerred where a voice—that is not part of the narrative (non-diegetic)—is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theatre, or other presentations.
|$20 USD per hour|
Basic text proofreading and translation to English:
A great service for early drafts. You will receive feedback on things like organization, clarity, tone, and revisions for word choice, sentence structure, spelling, grammar, typos, and other language errors.
|$5 USD per 1000 characters|
Technical proofreading and translation to English:
Essentially the same as for basic translation but for technical documents, eg. medical, engineering, scientific, mathematical.
|$8 USD per 1000 characters|
IELTS Intensive training course (Academic):
IELTS is the world's most popular, internationally recognised, English language test for higher education and global migration. Take this intensive 20 lesson course for the skills you need for IELTS Academic.
Secure Payment methods:
Students pay in advance using a simple system of credits. So, if you miss a lesson, there's no charge.
If you're in one of the many specialised career fields where a Curriculum Vitae is traditionally utilised, then you know your career documents need to contain much more detail than a standard resume. My Curriculum Vitae skills span many years experience crafting detailed, yet concise and effective CV's. I can work with you to organize and polish your information, showing you the most efficient way to organise and highlight your education, skills, professional experience, research and teaching experience, publications, grants and fellowships, professional associations and licenses, awards and other information relevant to your situation.
Whether your need a CV to land a new job, or are applying for fellowships or grants, my skilled and experienced business writing know how to tackle the enormous task of organising your career data and crafting it into an effective and dynamic Curriculum Vitae. My CV service includes an initial consultation over the internet via Skype. Contact me for more details.
Technological advances and the internet are changing the way we live, offering us new interactive means of communication that make geographical distance virtually irrelevant. Many schools and universities are already helping their students to study English online with interesting tutors from around the world. In the future, it is not hard to imagine that more lessons will be taught via the internet than in the traditional classroom. But why study English online?
With an online English class you can speak to your teacher in English from day one, improving your vocabulary, grammar and listening skills. Live conversation master class without ever leaving home. There is no enrolment fee and there is no permanence clause.
TEFL refers to teaching English to students whose first language is not English. TEFL usually occurs in the student's own country, either within the state school system, or privately, e.g., in an after-hours language school or with a tutor. TEFL teachers may be native or non-native speakers of English.
In my experience as an online English Instructor as well as a class teacher, I’ve come across many second language students that have lots of questions about learning online.
Most English students, including international professionals and graduate students, ask this question. It can be hard to make significant progress if you take a class just once per week for 1 hour.
However, if your life at work and at home is busy, it’s important to find a way to make English a part of your daily life. This is the advantage of learning online.
A lot of English language learners feel comfortable speaking English with a tutor or studying with a book but when it comes to really speaking and interacting with Native speakers new language learners of using English, often don’t feel comfortable.
It’s time to change that! By getting out and using English in everyday situations going shopping , joining a sports team, or just asking for directions its important to use English and not just study English.
Verb conjugation refers to how a verb changes to show a different person, tense, number or mood. In English, we have 6 different persons:
The absolute worst thing you can do is try to learn all English verb conjugations at once. And yet, just recently, I got an email from a frustrated student who is also taking private English lessons from a Ukrainian native speaker. The woman is not only making him learn all conjugations right from the start, she's chiding him for not having written them down… for not having mastered them. That really frustrates me because, yes, native speakers are often experts, of course, at speaking English. But that does NOT in any way make them experts at teaching it. The fact is, conjugations should be learned gradually. One at a time. Do it that way and learning will be much easier.
Speaking "like a native" of any language means more than just knowing vocabulary and grammar. Many educated foreign speakers speak better formal English than, say, many Americans or British or Australians. But formal English is only one aspect of the language. Knowing instantly; what slang means, what cultural references mean, how to reduce syntax to a bare minimum and still convey precise meaning — all these things, and more, are what constitute native speech.
No matter how good the English Teachers are in your own country, there is no comparison with someone who has grown up and been educated in England and speaks with a neutral English accent.
Hello, my name is Ken. I am a native English speaker from Oxford, England. I now live in Kharkov in the Ukraine with my Ukrainian wife. I'm a TEFL qualified English Teacher working part-time at a local Ukrainian school, teaching 9, 10 and 11th grade students. I also have private students, mostly professionals wanting to improve their conversational English.
I also have a computer science diploma and a business background spanning over 25 years. So although I can teach all aspects of the English language, I tend to specialise in English for Business, covering all aspects of business communication concentrating on the UK and Western Europe business world.
So, why use a native speaker? No matter how good the English Teachers are in your country, there is no comparison with someone who has grown up and been educated in England and speaks with a neutral English accent. I look forward to raising your level of English.
If you would like the convenience of learning English online, please contact me in the first instance by email (Ken Jones) to arrange for an initial assessment.
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