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Peter Tyrrell, teacher at Cavendish School of English, UK

 

The beginnings of Peter’s career are related to music, having started his professional path as a school music teacher. He was also an organist before he trained as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher. Peter has a lot of experience as an English teacher, and he has taught in Great Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

Though I did a little school teaching, most of my working life has been in TEFL. I have taught language school students, company employees, Italian air force and army personnel, and high security prisoners (ex-Red Brigade!). I have taught all levels, including proficiency, and have had lots of experience of preparing students for exams.”

What was the funniest thing to have happened to you in the classroom?

When I was teaching prisoners in an Italian high-security prison, the target language in the course book was “Here are your keys, sir” and “What do you do when you go out in the evenings?”

Tell us one thing that not many people know about you

I am also a trained classical singer.

What is the best way to learn English in your opinion?

The best way of learning English is by listening to English speakers and go around with them. Also learn lots of phrasal verbs.