Cathie gained her qualifications in teaching English as a second language after a background in sales and as a lawyer. She has lived and worked in the UK, Belgium and Rarotonga and has travelled the world extensively. The production of skilful English, in both speech and academic written forms, has always been one of Cathie’s passions. She assesses individual student needs and objectives and lessons include personalised additions. Cathie currently teaches groups and individuals; and her ESOL experience covers Beginner to Advanced levels, Conversation, Pronunciation, Preparation for Work in NZ, on-site teaching to businesses, teaching refugees, women-only groups, skilled migrants and workshops on the Treaty of Waitangi.
Testimonials from previous students:
Pronunciation Part 1: 7 August 2021
Lisa and Gerry China
Thanks for the outstanding class! It was fabulous. Very useful information, back to basics, keep it simple and open our mouth(s) when talking. We’ve enrolled for your second class – Workshop Part 2.
Pronunciation Part 1: 7 May 2022
I really enjoyed the Pronunciation Workshop with Cathie. It was a useful session where I could learn new things, such as phonemics, and get plenty of tips and tricks to help with our most common (English) challenges. Loved Cathie’s enthusiasm and how she kept everyone engaged through the day.
I highly recommend this workshop. Cathie is great! She has a lot experience as the teacher. (It) helped me with phonemes in English that do not exist in Spanish language.
Pronunciation Part 2: 18 June 2022
For me was helpful, the separation and stress of the words plus the English intonation. Thanks!!
This class is very useful for me. I like that you point us for each person mistakes. I tried to copy as much as I can. But you could hear the differences that I could not hear.
I really liked the class and it was really useful. How to pronounce the word or letter most benefit(ted) me. I really enjoy the class while all people from different backgrounds. At the same time, I learnt some different cultures and Maori words .
Pronunciation Part 1: 6 August 2022
" The pronunciation course is intense but has a great quality. Cathie is very professional and makes the class enjoyable, fun and that we can all learn from it.
I personally knew before attending the course that I had different problems with pronunciation, after this course helped me focus on what I should prioritise and work harder to improve my level of English. I recommend it and I am already registered and waiting for the second part of the course"