From United KingdomLiving in London, United Kingdom (02:26 UTC+00:00)
Diplomat and International Trade Negotiator
italki teacher since Feb 14, 2022
Hi! Thanks for looking at my profile! I'm a native English speaker from London, England. I have a Masters degree in International Relations from Cambridge University and I've worked for a number of years as a diplomat and international trade negotiator for the British government.
I've lived in countries all over the world (including China, Russia, Italy, and others). I love learning new languages and, even more, I love helping other people to learn English!
My interests include international politics, history and economics, as well as world cinema and literature.
Me as a Teacher
I am a very friendly, kind and patient teacher. I know well from personal experience how difficult it can be to learn a new language and I will make sure you never feel bad about making mistakes when talking with me. I want you to relax and enjoy our lessons as much as possible :)
I enjoy talking about any and all topics, but I think I can especially help:
1. Adult learners with a general interest in international politics, history or economics.
2. Professionals who work in international jobs.
3. University students who are studying international-related degrees.
My lessons & teaching style
In my International Relations English course, we will practice talking about a range of international political and economic issues, helping you to learn specialist vocabulary and practice discussing complex topics. The course will include weekly reading assignments, as well as opportunities for students to practice writing and presenting.
In conversation practice classes, we will focus on improving your general speaking fluency, accuracy and confidence. We can organise these lessons in any way you want. If there is a particular topic that interests you, I will find real-world materials (news articles, books, videos) about this topic for us to look at and discuss.
My teaching material
Articles and news
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76 English lessons
Hugh is an incredibly kind teacher. No matter what level you are at, he will work with you and help you to find your way to learning this language. And, he is one of the best tutors that I’ve encountered. Before him, I was struggling with my English speaking and writing as they were my weaker parts. One day I found him, and it changed my life forever. He is extremely patient and professional at all times. He helped me reach further since I started lessons on Italki. He will change your relationship with English.
Nov 4, 2022
7 English lessons
Probably the best British teacher of English on all iTalki.
May 17, 2022
38 English lessons
It has been one and half month since I started having conversation practices with Hugh on a weekly basis. It is incredible but I feel already much more confident than before in using English in my everyday life (both at work and privately). Hugh's knowledge and his analytical skills are very impressive. We discussed topics relating for example to Culture, International Relationships, Psychology, History and Linguistics. The articles and videos that he choses for each lesson are of excellent quality and really stimulating. Every week I am literally looking forward to our next discussion. So, I recommend him very much.
Mar 30, 2022
34 English lessons
Marvellous class as always!!! :D
Jan 25, 2023
38 English lessons
Again, an excellent lesson! With great discussions on current affairs topics and very helpful feedbacks on linguistic aspects. Thank you again, Hugh!
Dec 7, 2022
37 English lessons
There is always something to discuss with Hugh! You’ll never get bored! Hugh is the teacher who every time finds a topic to talk about and expresses sincere interest when you tell him something. Undoubtedly you’ll also be looking forward to every next class with him! :)