English and Pronunciation Lesson Rates when I am based in the UK (please enquire if I am. I'll be traveling Nov 2019 for 6 months or more)...
Qualifications / Experience Summary:
Three Relevant Masters Degrees -All from Top UK Universities:
BA / MA -English Language & Literature, Oxford University, Pembroke College.
MA -Television Journalism -City University, London.
MA -Acting (during which we also studied literature and plays) -Central Saint Martins, UAL, London.
Over eighteen years teaching experience -all ages and levels.
Times & Weekdays:
The timezone in the United Kingdom is GMT / Greenwich Mean Time. Weekdays In the UK are Monday-Friday, 9-5pm (Weekends: Saturday & Sunday).
Normal Rates for One-to-One / Individual Lessons:
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All lessons are payable in advance (to reserve the time).
Please pay via bank transfer, manual payment to my bank or cash (please pay in advance of classes). Please cover any currency conversion or bank fees if not paying in GBP, (Paypal is an option but has high extra fees).
COURSES & DISCOUNTS BELOW:
The first class can be taught without any commitment to do further classes. After this, students need to either commit to a course or to stop classes.
The minimum course is 6 classes -if booking only six classes then please work out your requirements and calculate the rates using the table above. Please scroll down for course discounts (which start from 10 hours or more).
Please feel free to call to discuss any questions you may have -or email info@ClassesEnglish.com
Normal rates apply to Monday to Friday evening and weekend one hour classes. Extra discounts available for:
Discounts for online classes (verses "in person" classes, £10 more if in person Monday to Friday 9-5pm or £15 more if Monday to Friday after 5pm or weekends).
Discounts for Monday to Friday 9-5pm classes
Discounts for classes which are 2 hours or longer
The more hours booked/the larger the package, the cheaper the hourly rate. (Book a 10 hours package, or more, for these specific discounts). Scroll down for package rates.
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Prices below are for online classes. In-person classes in West Dulwich, London.
Full payment needs to be made in advance in order to get the following discounts. This can be via cash/in person, bank transfer, manual payment into a bank or (the following incur extra fees for the client) Paypal or Al Ansari/Western Union. Cheques not accepted.
Many clients choose to do online lessons (Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, etc) so that they can take advantage of the weekday hourly rates and save travel time and costs. E.g. take a long lunch break and do a class during the work week.
Weekends are Saturdays and Sundays in the UK. Time Zone GMT.
T & C's below.
After the first class (if students prefer to do a paid trial class before committing) I ask students to commit to a course for several reasons: 1) Life is always busy &, however good your intentions are to improve, unless you commit to a courses, it will be too easy to put off your good intentions to do classes. By committing to a course you are helping yourself achieve your goals
2) If students don't commit to courses, I waste time arranging each class time, checking every payment has come through, reminding students to decide when to book the next class, etc, it complicates my tax records with lots of little payments, etc, and, most importantly, I can't plan my schedule effectively. 3) I only want to teach students who really want to improve -actually wanting to improve is not enough as that is a wish and not an action, they need to be committed to improving which they will do by booking a course. It is not satisfying to teach classes scattered across months and I can'tplan lessons or your progress this way -I only want to teach students where I can see their improvements hence a course is needed.
Lesson Preparation Time (Relevant mainly to English Literature lessons):
Please note that lesson-preparation time may be charged in addition to the time spent teaching a class. This depends on your requirements and the amount of preparation needed.
This is not charged for most clients learning English as a second language (since I already have courses prepared) but is applicable if I need to prepare a lot for specific requests.
It is also not charged for pronunciation / English 'accent' classes.
As a guideline I will spend at least half an hour preparing each two hour lesson free of charge but additional time will probably be chargeable -especially if you have specific material you want me to prepare (e.g. read and research specific poems, texts, etc).
Research time is charged at the discounted weekday rate (assuming you have given me enough notice so that I can fit it into weekdays).
Please call me to discuss and, if you need heavily tailored lessons, please factor this in when deciding how many hours you want to book (and which discounted course you want to book -see below for more details).
Time Period To Do Courses In, Travel & Policies:
All courses are not refundable. Courses require total commitment and so changing your mind half way through is not an option/is non-refundable. I only want to work with students who are committed to improving in a timely manner. Please see the Terms and Conditions page re cancellations and other information.
Emergency Rate For One-to-One / Individual Lessons (Does not apply to Pronunciation or Grammar classes):
The rates above assume that there is no urgent deadline. If you need an urgent, last-minute lesson or day workshop -or need a document to be written on a tight deadline- then the emergency rate applies.( As I will probably have to rearrange my work schedule, and cancel plans, to accommodate it),
This also applies to hours of lesson preparation (or essay preparation, writing, etc) that I will need to do on a tight schedule / with little notice. The amount of reasonable notice obviously depends on the scale of the project, (my schedule) and the amount of notice given.
For example -being asked, with at least 24 hours notice, to prepare a poem to teach during a lesson the next day would not be classed as an emergency (unless I am fully booked that day and need to re-arrange work commitments) but being asked to prepare numerous poems, an essay plan, or read a GCSE/A level/MA/etc, book for a class the next day would be.
To avoid being classified as an emergency -please give me plenty of notice (I have a busy schedule)!
Emergency rate / last-minute requests: GBP £85 per hour
Group Lessons & Group Discounts:
I don't organise groups myself however I am happy to teach a group that you have got together.
I also work with schools teaching online group classes.
Rates will be lower for each student if they join a group, (however they will not receive as much personalised feedback or have lessons tailored just to their needs).
Please contact me to discuss and then receive a quote for your group.
Please see the prices on this page/above and then apply the following discounts:
For two people you would have a 10% discount per person and per lesson (so each pays the normal rates for individual classes, including any weekday or course discounts, minus 10% off the total).
For 3 people 15% discount per person
4 people 20% discount per person
5 people 25% discount per person
6 people or more 30% discount per person
10 people or more 35% discount per person.
Please contact me if confused. Please note that these discounts are for pupils I teach at my location, travel & other fees may apply to other locations.