What is Ottawa English?
Ottawa English is an English Tutoring service providing individualized attention and support to students preparing to move to Canada.
My one-on-one personalized lessons take the fear and confusion out of learning English and facing exams. You’ll find my classes give you clarity, motivation, courage, and a sense of progress whether you sign up for General English, Business English, Test Preparation, or Conversation Classes.
You can schedule your classes according to your availability – and reschedule when life gets in the way!
Ottawa English’s Story
Like many of my students I’ve had to jump over countless hurdles since moving to Canada. Although I’ve always been a Canadian, I grew up in Tanzania, Kenya, Sweden, Germany, France, and England.
With my master’s degree in my pocket, I expected life in Canada to be easy – but soon discovered that every province and territory required a year of upgrading and a couple of years of substitute teaching. The barriers were endless!
In 1999, I left the public education system to start ESL Red Deer as the English Professionalization program offered by my family’s Strategy Consulting business. Here, I discovered that I loved teaching adults, preparing their customized lessons, and supporting them as they navigated the hurdles in their paths.
With all that experience and knowledge, I hope I’ll be able to support you during your journey too.
My favorite moment is hearing that you’ve passed your exam, secured a promotion, or realized you’re no longer being asked to repeat yourself. I know how frustrating communicating in a second language can be and how horribly disheartening it can be when you don’t understand jokes, speak naturally, or feel confident at work
I’ve been teaching English for over thirty years. During that time, I’ve helped many students from around the world improve their English and prepare for IELTS, CELPIP and CAEL.
I know that your next step towards achieving your dream and goal depends on gaining confidence and fluency in English. That step might be a language test that qualifies you for Permanent Residency or Citizenship, or it might be professionalizing your English to open up promotional opportunities. I love being part of your journey!
My greatest passions are teaching, research, and writing. I’ve written three books and three ESL workbooks: