Learn English with Brends the natural way!
Professional English Teacher | Native Speaker | From South Africa | Living in South Africa
Hi my name is Brends and I’m a native English speaker from sunny South Africa. I live on the coast and I am very lucky to have a view of the Indian Ocean from my home.
I’ve taught amazing people from all over the world and I’ve learnt more than anybody at school or university could ever have taught me. I’m grateful for the opportunity to speak to people from different walks of life and cultures. I’m open minded and always interested in listening to other opinions and ideas. I love sharing knowledge and networking. My career experience is diverse and includes teaching, selling property, technology (website design) and tourism. I’ve worked in the corporate and academic environment.
I specialise in British English conversation. I will correct your pronunciation. I will introduce new vocabulary depending on the topic of conversation and I will teach you how to speak about specific topics using the vocabulary I have taught you.
I am available to teach from 8am to 1pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 12 noon on Saturdays.
Buy a 10 lesson package and get 1 free lesson.
At my discretion, regular loyal students can also expect a free lesson on their birthday!
It’s the best way for me to gift you on your special day.
A 30 minute lesson where I can assess your level and what you require. It’s also a great way for you to see if I’m the right teacher for you.
I started reading the Greek Mythology story of Hercules (for kids) to Liam, my son, when he was 2 weeks old. Every night at bedtime I would read to Liam. I love reading and I love having someone read me a story. It’s relaxing and therapeutic. I believe that reading is the key ingredient to learning the English language.
A 50 minute lesson where I will structure a lesson for the formal teaching of speaking, reading, writing and listening, to your specific needs, around topics that interest you. I will provide written corrections immediately or after the lesson if need be. I am able to help you with business as well as IELS. I particularly enjoy helping with job interview practice.
50 minutes of conversation practice. I will ask you leading questions around a topic that interests you. I will teach you to ask questions and how to speak fluently.
5 lesson packages need to be booked within a 60 day period.
10 lesson packages need to be booked within a 90 day period.
Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy
If you want to cancel a lesson with me you need to cancel the lesson 24 hours in advance in order to receive a refund. If you cancel your lesson less than 24 hours in advance I will refund 50% of the fee.
If you do not attend a lesson and you do not notify me that you cannot attend the lesson you will NOT be refunded. When you don’t arrive for a lesson which I was expecting would take place I don’t go out for coffee or phone a friend for a chat. I work on new lesson plans and I do administrative tasks.
You are welcome to reschedule a lesson with me up to 24 hours before the lesson starts as per my availability.
Why I love being a teacher
I love learning so you have a great opportunity to teach me. In English of course! I’m not perfect and I make mistakes in English everyday. I’m kind, friendly, intuitive and encouraging. I love seeing my students gain confidence. It’s very rewarding. I’m proud that I have taught and that I still teach people from many different backgrounds such as educational Professors in Italy, Psychologists and Insurance brokers in France, Construction Managers in Russia, Wedding Planners in Switzerland, Staff recruiters in The Czech Republic, Mechanical Engineering Teachers in Germany, Factory Managers in Spain and Missionaries from Brazil who live in South Africa.
My teaching style
In our first lesson we will get to know each other a bit better and I will explain how I work and you can explain your needs. My style is gentle and flexible. Sometimes we might have a plan but not follow it at all! I love role playing and laughing. I’ve become a very good listener and I’m good at asking leading questions. My vocabulary is extensive and I can communicate using the correct vocabulary for any subject. I believe in honesty and integrity in all business dealings. I’m self motivated, a self starter and very organised. I am efficient, punctual, democratic, approachable and have exceptional communication skills. I don’t believe in homework!
My teaching material
- PDF file
- Audio files
- Image files
- Articles and news
- Presentation slides/PPT
- Video files
- Test templates and examples
- Graphs and charts
- Text Documents
I will help you become fluent and confident when you speak English to your international colleagues and friends.