My background & experienceI started teaching in Australia and New Zealand in 2007 after receiving my certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). In 2008 I moved to Madrid in Spain where I taught General English, Business English and Cambridge Exam preparation for just over three years. During my time in Spain I became a Cambridge oral examiner for PET and KET exams, and I completed my Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) with Cambridge University. After leaving Spain, I returned to Ireland to complete a Masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language & Linguistics. I was awarded a First Class Honours Degree for my MA by the University of Limerick. Since then I have been working in the higher education, specialising in English for Academic Purposes, Academic IELTS preparation and pre-sessional academic programmes. Since completing my MA I have worked in the University of Limerick Ireland, University of Bath UK, University of Bristol UK, and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo Japan. I am currently studying a Diploma in Technical Enhanced Learning (TEL) with the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
My classes and teaching styleMy Academic IELTS preparation workshops focus on the exam strategies and language you need to reach a 6.5 or higher score in the Academic IELTS test. These workshops are suitable for students who have scored a 5.0 in an IELTS test and need to achieve a 6.5. My teaching style is engaging and interactive. In my workshops you will have plenty of practical practice, engagement with peers and teacher, and fun!
My certificationsHigher Diploma in Technical Enhanced Learning, National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, 2021 First Class Honours Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language & Linguistics, University of Limerick, 2013
My student reviews
Deirdre was very kind. I really enjoyed the experience. To be honest, I was a little nervous at the beginning, because I haven’t had this kind of practice before, but when It started, I immediately felt comfortable and welcomed thanks to Deirdre, who explained me how the practice would be. The time flew. I received very useful and honest advices from Deirdre, I going to put them in practice to improve my English level. I highly recommend this practice. Thanks Deirdre.
5 out of 5
Deirdre is a excellent tutor. I enjoyed the class from start to finish, and I didn't even realize that the time had passed. She has a structure to the test, and she is well organized. At the end of the lesson I received feedback which I really appreciated because it's difficult to determine your level and find your mistakes. She is a lovely person as well. I felt confortable in the lesson, even though I get really nervous in oral exams. Thank you so much Deirdre for such an amazing class!
5 out of 5