I have over 24 years teaching experience (EAP = English for Academic Purposes and EFL = English as a Foreign Language) and have taught students from over 100 countries, working in Japan, China and England. The ages have ranged from 6 to over 70.
I specialise in academic English for secondary school and university.
Business English courses are for all ages.
I have taught online extensively, as well as face to face, and I use a variety of software to allow me to present lessons, mark and edit work with the student in real time and interactively. I pride myself on making the online classroom of equal value to the physical classroom.
Academic English - IELTS and the Cambridge English language exams (KET, PET, FCE and CAE). Intensive and long-term courses.
Business English – Cambridge BEC (Business English Certificate - Preliminary, Vantage and Higher) with companies including Petronas, Ericsson and Corning International.
Teacher trainer – Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) for A-level and GCSE curriculum staff; to make the language of their subjects more accessible to international students.
Study Skills – Proofreading, Note-taking, Drafting and Editing.
The following are a few testimonials from former students:
Skype lessons with Jon were helpful and enjoyable. He was patient and supportive. Jon taught me a lot of skills to tackle IELTS writing tasks and I received marked essays, full of detailed feedback, from major logic flow to minor collocation errors. Jon also practised a wide range of exam-based speaking topics to practise with me. I saw great improvement in English, with my score jumping from 7.0 to 8.5 after just 2 weeks! Jon also helped me with my personal statement for my university application. As a non-native English learner receiving an 8.5, I would like to thank Jon for the skills taught and efforts put in teaching me. I couldn't have done it without him.
Man Yee - Hong Kong
Jonathan helped me so much. He took time to listen and understand me before designing exactly what I needed; a personalised academic course. His lessons were always very interesting and interactive. He challenged and supported me to achieve my goal of IELTS 7.5. I enjoyed every minute! I'd recommend Jonathan to anyone who wants to improve their academic English and communication skills.
I would love to give a huge and warm thank you to Mr Jonathan Pratt who has been the best teacher. By far he is the tutor that has taught me so much about both my studies and life. I enjoyed studying with him but at the same time he was tough. Sometimes I did not like this but now I appreciate everything that he did and why. It changed me to a better student and man. I really praise and think highly of John because he is a successful and wise teacher and man that is able and willing to guide and change people to the better.
Amr Tawfig - Saudi Arabia
I studied Business English with Jonathan and it was extremely helpful and enjoyable. He designed a specific course for my needs and level, which enabled me to write and communicate much more accurately and effectively. I travel a lot, work with many nationalities and need English for a variety of situations. Jonathan was patient and really worked to understand what I needed. He was flexible with his time and always available to help, often at short notice! I recommend him without hesitation.
Alexej Dens - Germany
Jonathan helped me with Business English as I prepared to move to England to be a lawyer. I have found working with him very helpful, as he listened carefully to what I needed and then designed a course to help me. Law has many language challenges but Jonathan worked with me to improve all my skills and now I feel much more confident in the range and accuracy with which I can speak, listen and write, as well as improving how efficiently I read. Jonathan is an excellent teacher and using Skype was so convenient and easy.
Thaysa Panza - Portugal
Outside work I am interested in e-commerce, sport and drawing.
I try to travel as much as I can too. Working with international students is great because I can also learn about different cultures and places.
If I could have one super-power it would be 'invisibility', because of the freedom of movement that would give you....but that is a conversation for another time!
I look forward to meeting and working with you.