My name is Phil Williams, I’m an author, freelance writer and tutor based in Sussex. I previously taught English in schools and privately but now focus primarily on my writing, producing educational books and online articles. Alongside my non-fiction work, I also occasionally work as an editor and business writer, and write novels, which you can read about here.
I have worked variously as an English teacher, a media researcher, a copywriter, a magazine editor and a creative writer. I have been teaching since 2006, and have teaching qualifications in Trinity TESOL, through Oxford TEFL (2009) and Trinity IBET (2010), for Business English, through St George International. I also have training in copyediting and proofreading from the Society of Proofreaders and Editors (which I am a member of). Looking further back, I completed my full-time education with a Masters in History from the University of Nottingham. All of this background combines, for me, in a passion for language and storytelling.
This website started as a way for me to share learning materials I was producing for my students. I originally wrote many of the articles here because I couldn’t find the topics covered elsewhere. The popularity of the website encouraged me to write more, and to eventually expand into books. I particularly focus on grammar and structural ideas, exploring practical use of English through a technical understanding. There’s lots of topics covered on English Lessons Brighton, but my major interests are in advanced English, grammar and writing skills.
Phil Williams’ Teaching Experience
I have been teaching English to private students in Brighton and the surrounding area since 2011. I also tutor online via Skype, and previously tutored English in Russia and Hertfordshire. In classroom environments, I taught young adults at English First in Brighton (2011) and taught for SABIS in the public school Shatibi in Ghayathi, UAE (2007-8).
Outside the classroom, I have mostly worked with advanced English for adult learners, including businesspeople and academics, though I have also taught children of all ages and abilities.
My teaching materials are based on students’ individual needs. I sometimes adapt existing material, and rely on various books for reference, but I rarely teach from textbooks myself. I do, however, encourage self-study from some textbooks, hence the series I have written myself.
If you are interested in private tutoring, please be aware that I’m only taking on very limited lessons now, and I am particularly focused on the topics of my study guides (such as writing and advanced grammar).