Being an English teacher is my occupation and vocation. I am a Master of Arts in English teaching and Applied Linguistics, Griffith University, Australia. After graduation, I taught at Griffith University and a variety of language academies in Australia, England, Scotland, Spain in addition to being a private tutor. Overall, I've spent 8 years teaching students from different countries, cultural backgrounds, levels of proficiency and age groups.
In my teaching, I follow an effective method mastered during my studies and teaching practice - a communicative student-centred approach. It means I don't explain grammar and vocabulary in a traditional way. Instead, I make YOU think, reflect, realise, learn and arrive at conclusions not just receive given results from the teacher. I put you in the centre and help you to feel the language, comprehend its core and the way it functions.
During the classes, we will have a lot of practical work. You will learn how to behave appropriately in any real-life situation. In other words, you'll be able to cope with whatever life throws at you in English. Moreover, I pay a lot of attention to your pronunciation: I will correct your sounds and meticulously work on the improvement of your accent until it's native-like. I can teach you three distinct types of English accents: Australian, British and American. You choose which accent you're going to become an expert in :)
P.S. Check out my video CVs in English and Spanish languages via my youtube channel helenoz.
In addition, take a look at my interview responses in the bottom of the page after the "recommendations" section - you'll find loads of handy information there!
In my article: "In your opinion, what does it take to be a successful English speaker?" I give 11 useful tips. I came up with them over the years thanks to my teaching practice and students' feedback.
I recently compiled my personal reflection "Alice in Wonderland" for my students to help them learn as many helpful phrases as possible in the easiest and quickest way possible from just one source.
It contains more than 100 (!) phrasal verbs, collocations, set expressions, phrases and idioms, which I meticulously hand-picked. All of them are widely used and up to date. Moreover, they are exceptionally easy to remember thanks to the context I’ve put them in. And there is no need to jump all over the net and navigate through dozens of websites to find the expressions/idioms – they are already at your fingertips.
So, make sure you check them out and if you liked the reflection, feel free to get in touch :) I have heaps of fun and extraordinary activities related to it, which will significantly boost up your vocabulary and greatly improve your English speaking skills.
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If I choose you as my student and you choose me as your teacher, I will address all of your English language needs to the best of my ability. That's why you'll be able to reach your goals with me in the shortest amount of time possible.
My qualifications, level of proficiency, experience, results of my teaching and time/effort invested in tailoring the classes to your specific needs ensure your tangible progress. My personality contributes immensely as well - I am friendly, understanding, considerate and supportive. I know where to encourage you more and where to let you absorb the knowledge at your own pace. You can be sure that with me you'll easily gain confidence, open up and practice your English in everyday real-life situations without anything holding you back.
Therefore, whether you would like to become fluent in English for personal or professional reasons, study or work in a foreign country - give it a go, you will be satisfied with your decision.
In terms of online classes, it has been widely acknowledged that they go very well and are exceptionally convenient. Even though I was teaching face-to-face when I first started giving classes, in a short amount of time I completely switched to online teaching since my students and I came to a conclusion that online classes were much more efficient due to the advantages they offer:
- The comfort of your home as a place of studying;
- The flexible schedule as there is no need to commute;
- The possibility to continue with your classes even if you move to a different city/country or travel a lot on a regular basis;
- And many more, the list goes on :)
Last but not least - in order for your learning process to be successful, you'll need to have an excellent internet connection and a laptop (e.g. MacBook Pro, Samsung Notebook 9, etc.). I’m sure you understand that the classes can not be conducted via tablet computers, smartphones (e.g. iPads, iPhones, etc.) or if the internet connection is poor.
Classes are taught to ADULTS ONLY (18 years old and older). Therefore, please note that lesson requests from parents who are looking for a tutor for their underage children will NOT be considered.
Classes are conducted EXCLUSIVELY online via Skype. The duration of a free introductory class is 20 minutes, so we will have enough time to discuss any questions you may have.
General English classes, conversation classes, visual thematic speaking sessions, vocabulary / grammar development classes, preparation for job interviews and creation of video/audio CVs. The duration of 1 class is 50min.
Please keep in mind that if you’d like your results to be tangible and sustainable, you should commit to having at least 2-3 classes per week. Think of mastering your English language skills as training your muscles - are you going to be able to gain any noticeable muscle strength going to the gym just once per week? Not likely. Without a strong commitment, your muscles are going to quickly forget any training they underwent. The same applies to your English skills.
I’m looking forward to helping you to achieve your English language goals :)
- Master of Arts in English teaching/Applied Linguistics, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
- Bachelor's degree in English teaching/Translation/Interpreting, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
- IELTS (The International English Language Testing System), grade 8.5, Middlesex University, Great Britain, England, London.
- CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), grade A, Middlesex University, London, England, United Kingdom.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), score 118, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia.
- Certificate: "Cutting edge techniques in IELTS and TOEFL teaching", Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
- Certificate: "Modern approaches to FCE, CAE, CPE teaching", The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia.
- Certificate: "Communicative student-centred teaching, master the future", The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia.
- Certificate: "Effective and up-to-date teaching methods", Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia.
- Certificate: "Communicative teaching - contemporary methods", University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
- Certificate: "Innovative English language teaching techniques and methods", The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
- Certificate: "English language learning pitfalls and how to avoid them", Middlesex University London, London, England.
- DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language), level C1, Valencia, Spain.
Perfect! Thank you very much for your kindness, Helen =D As always, you describe the situation very accurately! Once again, I do recommend your classes to everybody who wants to take English learning seriously.
Fernando is one of my students who is from São Paulo, Brazil. He contacted me with some very specific requirements in mind: he wanted to significantly broaden his vocabulary, improve his pronunciation and eliminate noticeable grammatical incoherences. He already had some simple English conversation classes where teachers didn’t teach him anything, didn’t correct his mistakes and basically just chatted with him in order to boost his confidence and as a result, facilitate his English communication with other speakers. So what he essentially wanted was to find a professional who’d be able to actually “teach” him, not just “chat” with him.
I explained Fernando all about my teaching method - communicative student-centred approach. I learnt it during my Master’s degree studies at Griffith University, Australia and have been implementing it in my teaching practice ever since. I emphasised that:
=> Meticulous analysis of his mistakes;
=> Creation of an individually tailored programme to assess all of the areas of his speech;
=> Finding the best and quickest ways to improve the problematic areas are one of the core aspects of my approach, so he can rest assured - he found what he was looking for.
After having taught Fernando for two months, I can confidently say that out of all aspects of an English language he was able to improve, pronunciation stands out the most.
Before we started the classes, he had a very vague idea about the way an English phonetic system functioned and how to properly pronounce some tricky English sounds. In addition, he had already learnt and gotten used to an incorrect pronunciation of quite a few sounds. Therefore, over the entire course of our studies, we were bending over backwards to fix the wrong pronunciation and incorporate correct sounds into his speech.
I admit it was no easy task ;)
Nevertheless, at the moment, I am more than happy to acknowledge that our effort has finally paid off.
When I hear Fernando speak now and compare his speech to what I heard two months ago, it’s like hearing two different people:
=> He significantly improved the articulation of all of his sounds, not just the ones he had difficulties with;
=> His problematic sounds have disappeared;
=> His general comprehension of the phonetic system has immensely improved.
Now, if Fernando expressed such desire, it would be possible to work on a creation of a particular native English accent: American, British, Australian, any accent he prefers, really.
That is a remarkable achievement that can not be overlooked.
In terms of other areas, I would like to pay attention to the changes in Fernando’s vocabulary.
The usage of adjectives and phrasal verbs became vividly noticeable in his speech. Moreover, something that I’m particularly pleased with, is that he started including into his language phrases, expressions and idioms that we covered during our regular classes and visual thematic speaking sessions. Every time I hear him use correctly brand-new idioms for him like “out of the blue”, “rings a bell”, “tip the scales” or “think outside the box”, etc., I feel like a child who was given a medal for winning a competition - happy and very proud :)
In terms of Fernando’s grammar, even though we considerably improved his understanding and usage of some basic grammatical tenses, including the tricky ones like Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous, we still have a lot of work to do, especially when it comes to prepositions, connectors, conditional sentences and advanced usages of modal verbs.
To sum up, I’d like to thank Fernando for being so committed to improving his English language skills. One of the moments that would melt any teacher’s heart is the one when even after a long and exhausting day at work, a student finds time and strength to do an English assignment a teacher had given him/her the day before. I’ve experienced plenty of those moments with Fernando, which makes me confident that he’s not going to stop improving his English language skills, even though it might be challenging at times. Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue guiding him on his learning path until he reaches a native-like proficiency.
Perfect! I appreciate you so much Helen! You made not only my day, but a year! I feel like Christmas is coming! I have never thought of myself as such a great person. Thanks for your amazing review, it encourages me a lot!
Yuki is one of my students who is from Tokyo, Japan. It has been a great pleasure for me to give classes to such an amiable, warm-hearted and resourceful person. When I’m planning our classes I’m always thinking of ways to impress Yuki and help her learn and practice something she hasn’t known before. I’m immensely excited about her progress and enjoy seeing her use some of the grammar or vocabulary we learnt during the previous lessons.
In general, I’m very glad to acknowledge that Yuki has proven to be an exceptionally diligent student. Even though working on her mistakes was demanding for her at first, every class she kept proving to me that she wasn’t going to give up. She was clearly ready to overcome difficulties in order to achieve her aim.
It was inspiring for me to see this unyielding commitment in her.
In a nutshell, Yuki’s initial goal was to receive 6.5 overall in IELTS exam to apply for her studies at Griffith University, Australia. Her previous result was 6.0 overall and we had only 2 weeks of preparation to improve it. Therefore, I warned Yuki that this limited amount of time might not be enough to change the grade for the better. Yuki fully accepted that possibility and decided to go through an intensive preparation anyway.
Eventually, her effort paid off - she got 6.5 overall in just 2 weeks. We were on cloud nine when we received this amazing news! The result wasn’t completely unexpected though - the amount of effort she invested in the preparation was humongous.
Not only did she work hard during the classes trying to absorb and practice as much material as possible, but also she carefully did all of the home written and oral assignments to revise and reinforce everything that was learnt during the class. It’s no wonder that thanks to such a thorough approach to studies Yuki improved significantly over a short period of time and was able to achieve a desired overall grade in IELTS. I couldn’t be happier for her ;)
At the moment, we’re preparing Yuki’s oral and written skills to university studies, which, of course, isn’t a piece of cake. Nevertheless, I’m confident that she’ll be able to succeed in this area the same way she succeeded in her exam preparation. On my part, I’ll make sure to provide her with all the necessary knowledge and training so she could feel well-prepared.
In addition, I did my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Griffith Uni as well, so I am happy to share my personal experience with her, give some useful tips about the assignments and ensure that she figures out all ins and outs of university life in general. Hopefully, my profound involvement in Yuki’s uni studies will help her to avoid lots of pitfalls and make her transition into the university life less problematic and much easier.
Perfect! Thank you very much Helen! This review makes me feel more motivated :) You are an inspiring teacher!
Veronica is one of the most diligent students I’ve had in years. She is as passionate about being my student as I am about being her teacher. I’ve been having classes with Veronica for a couple of months now and her progress has been hard to overlook: her vocabulary has become much more abundant and sophisticated, her grammar - more accurate, her pronunciation - much clearer and more native-like. Moreover, she is genuinely interested in improving her current English level and that makes teaching her even more satisfying.
Vero, I will do my best to lead you on the path you’ve chosen and work on your English skills until we master them to perfection. You’re a fantastic student, just be yourself and continue to study hard. On my part, I promise I’ll keep you on your toes every step of the way :) Looking forward to our next class!
Helen is a very patient, kind and ambitious teacher. She is always prepared and creates funny and well-organised classes. Also, her teaching efforts have motivated me to learn more and fast.
I am a visual learner and I like the way that she explains grammar and vocabulary in pictures, videos or drawings. In addition, she is a very creative person, so she always comes up with new ideas or topics - a guarantee for inspired, entertaining and engaging lessons. Time seems to fly during the classes!
Since the variety of English teachers is enormous, during my search I specifically focused on looking for a native English teacher with a degree in teaching because among other things I wanted to improve my pronunciation. The strategy has paid off. Since I have started learning with Helen my pronunciation, especially this tricky TH sound, has become more native-like. Overall, it is very helpful that I understand the phonetic alphabet better than before, so now I make fewer mistakes in my pronunciation.
Another thing which has been improving very fast is my vocabulary extension. I hated learning vocabulary, but with Helen`s simple tricks, I have learned a lot of advanced vocabulary and now I am able to express myself clearly and coherently.
In terms of grammar, I have made progress in understanding and implementation of different tenses. I am very glad that Helen is such a sensitive person because sometimes I need more encouragement in my learning process. She knows exactly how to motivate me and as a result, my progress is immense. Therefore, if you are looking for individual English classes with a lovely, smart and funny teacher, I can highly recommend Helen.
My name is Fernando. I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. When I was looking for an English teacher I was trying to find someone who would have an excellent education and who was well-experienced in teaching - you know, there are lots of English teachers out there, but not many have proper qualifications to do it. I could see that Helen undoubtedly has those qualifications that I was looking for from her amazing profile. After having started classes with Helen, I’d realised that I found so much more than I was hoping for: the quality of the teaching that I was receiving exceeded all my expectations.
Helen is a very enthusiastic teacher, she truly believes in what she does. After only a few minutes of a class, she can recognize your weak point and structure the class in order to correct them. I was impressed with the way she prepared the classes and dealt with both my weaknesses and needs. I've learned a lot with her, especially in terms of the vocabulary improvement, phonetics and grammar points like word order, adjectives and so on. Therefore, I highly recommend Helen to everyone who wants to improve their English skills.
I’m Yuki from Tokyo, Japan. I have been learning English with Helen for the last 3 months. I have been enjoying lessons with Helen and have been fond of her personality from the very beginning.
Before I found her on the Superprof website, I was in big trouble with studying English in Australia. The reason was that the teachers were too easy-going and inaccurate, so I used to speak and write with many mistakes. However, Helen is completely different. She is meticulous and accurate in every aspect of English, e.g., grammar, punctuation, pronunciation and vocabulary. Also, her positive, cheerful personality is wonderful. She never forgets to encourage a student throughout the lesson. Moreover, she is very understandable and flexible when it comes to changing the course of studies. I’m pretty sure that I am a student with one of the most challenging requirements ever! But she always listens to me and tries to adapt to my requests in quite a flexible way.
Since I started learning with Helen, I think my confidence in speaking has dramatically increased. She pointed out my weak points, even though I had not noticed them before. It was an eye-opening experience for me! It gives me more courage to express my thoughts. Moreover, it is the same in grammar. Helen corrects my grammar mistakes and gives me a chance to review the grammar structure. It is such a relief to finally use the correct grammar and vocabulary. I haven’t used it correctly for ages!
Initially, my goal was to get 6.5 overall in IELTS score, so I could start my studies at Griffith University. Before I started the lessons I had 6.0 and we had just 2 weeks until the exam. Despite having such a short time to prepare for the test, Helen gave me some very clear advice regarding every part of the exam. Moreover, she tailored the curriculum structure for me. Eventually, it worked amazingly well - I got 6.5 overall in IELTS after 2 weeks of preparation.
Now I am studying with Helen to get ready for my degree “Bachelor of Creative and Interactive Arts”, which will commence next month. Thanks to Helen’s teaching, I feel inspired to start my new learning path. I am a fortunate student who could find Helen as my English teacher!
Hi there! My name is Laura and I’ve been Helen’s student for around 6 months now. I usually have classes 2-3 times per week depending what my schedule allows. I wish I could have classes more often, but I work-full time and have two kids so 2-3 times per week is the best I can do at the moment.
Every week we have classes that I absolutely adore! Helen calls them visual thematic speaking sessions. They are truly remarkable, I’ve never had a chance to learn English in such an innovative and easy way using Google Slides before. I remembered and actually started using in my speech so many useful phrasal verbs and expressions, I’ve lost count! And just imagine I was convinced a had a terrible memory and didn’t have a knack for languages at all (another idiom that Helen taught me last week, by the way). And my grammar improved without me noticing it at first. I’m so proud of it. I see from my friends’ and colleagues’ comments that my new enhanced vocabulary and grammar make me sound like a native-speaker! It had been one of my greatest ambitions for a long time, but I hadn’t been able to fulfill it until I asked Helen to become my tutor.
I work as a department head in a well-known consulting company, so my improved English skills help me a lot when it comes to getting my point across and avoiding any misunderstandings. Now I don’t have to explain anything twice, it saves me a lot of time.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with our classes. In addition, Helen is always full of beans and that makes learning so much easier! Even when I’m exhausted after an 8-hour working day, when I switch on my computer I know that Helen’s positive energy is going to transfer over to me.
I guess I could write for a really long time trying to mention all of my impressions. The bottom line is: thanks a lot, Helen! I’m so glad that I found you after so many failed attempts, can’t wait to improve my English further!
Helen is a great professional. The way she teaches English is very pedagogic and fun at the same time. We practice grammar through interesting conversations steadily increasing the complexity of vocabulary. She enriches the learnings by introducing native expressions which I can use in my English conversations with business colleagues and friends. Moreover, she prepares and personalizes every class, taking into account past studies, reviews and new topics to settle your knowledge and ensure your progress. In addition, she provides quite a few good examples to support each lesson and help you understand the sometimes tricky English grammar. To sum it all up, she really makes the difference, I'm learning a lot and I feel much more confident about my English since Helen has become my teacher.
I have always been happy with our classes and Helen's way of teaching, really interesting and productive. Not only does she correct my mistakes during the classes, but also sends me recordings which point out what should I pay special attention too. Moreover, she records exercises designed to improve your pronunciation, when I get home I listen to them and repeat the sounds, practice them in front of the mirror. Some of my colleagues at work are crazy jealous cause my English is better than theirs now.
Helen is a great English language teacher. She uses innovative ways of teaching, which always make me feel motivated. The lessons are adjusted to my needs and involve a variety of modern resources. Moreover, her methods help me to improve my pronunciation and incorporate new vocabulary. Apart from that, she is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher who displays her extensive knowledge in every virtual meeting. Personally, I consider her as a supportive tutor. If you ask me, I wholeheartedly recommend her classes!
I like Helen’s way of teaching. Mixing up grammar material with vocabulary, sharing her experience of English learning, she made our classes saturated, dynamic and productive. However, what I liked the most were speaking clubs with Helen. Interesting topics, creative tasks and nice time spending with English practice. In general, my English level raised up tangibly after our lessons, as I attended classes willingly and gained pleasure from study.
Helen is a very qualified teacher, she tailors English classes to your needs and brings your skills to a whole different level. You won't get bored because she is very funny and she knows what to do in every moment to get your attention. In addition, she uses a very good method and always corrects your mistakes. Although she is a young teacher, her English knowledge is top-notch and because she speaks Spanish the learning curve is easier.
Helen is the best teacher that I have ever had. Her English classes are very complete because we continually go over the vocabulary we learnt in the previous class, practise the pronuntiation, do listenings, use collocations, etc. Moreover, her classes are really dynamic, we don’t stop, there is no time to loose. I feel that this is the first time that I am improving my English very fast! In a few months I have noticed that it has become much easier for me to understand a native accent. In addition, my speaking is better as well. Without any doubts Helen is the teacher that I have been looking for for years!
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