About English Lessons Brighton
Hello and welcome to English Lessons Brighton, or ELB for short!
I’m your host, Phil Williams. I created this site in 2012 (I think!), initially to share the English teaching materials I was producing for private students. I was working as a freelance writer, editor and teacher in Brighton, after years travelling and teaching abroad.
My main aim was to ask the subtle, advanced grammar points that popular books ignored.
The questions that made my students stumble when they asked why or what’s the difference…
The site proved so popular that I started to compile my more frequent lessons to give away as free eBooks – but they were also available on sale, and people kept paying for them anyway, so I revised those materials and produced the professional books you see today.
As well as offering regular articles on the site, and my books, I now also run a popular mailing list to share updates and free material – check it out here.
I’ve worked as an English teacher, a media researcher, a copywriter, an 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). Before all that, I completed a Masters in History at the University of Nottingham. In all, this was an education, for me, in language and storytelling.
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), before dedicating my time more to private tuition. I taught in Russia and Hertfordshire before settling in Sussex in 2011, where I tutored children and adults in the Brighton area, as well as internationally via Skype.
Though I have worked with children and adults of all abilities, my main specialisation has been in advanced English for adult learners, including business people and academics.
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).
When I’m not working on English learning material, I now also dedicate my time to writing fiction. My style is rather far removed from my education books, so it’s not for everyone, but if you’d like an insight into my worlds of fantasy and adventure, you can find my author website here.
Now, if you’d like to continue perusing what ELB has to offer, why not start by checking out my books?