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Acorn was founded by teachers and teaching excellence sits at the very heart of what we do.


We work with an elite team of excellent teachers. All them them are passionate about teaching English. All of them are great guides and hosts.


We know them all personally. We observe them in action. We provide training and support to make sure they keep getting even better.


And we get to know you so that we can match you with a brilliant teacher who will suit your learning objectives and your interests.

Meet some of our teachers:

Shahriar, London




Shahriar has a corporate and English language training background, as well as extensive business management experience.


He is CELTA qualified and has an MA in International Economics and Management. In his spare time he enjoys business and current affairs, sports, fitness and travel.


Course available: General English; English for Exams; Academic English; English for Teachers; Business English; ESP: English for Human Resources; English for Business Administration; English for Finance; Business Skills Training.


Pauline, Brighton




Pauline holds a Masters Degree in Latin and French and worked for may years as a language teacher in a prestigious private school.


She now uses her extensive teaching experience and linguistic expertise to provide 1:1 homestay tuition to students of all ages and levels.


Pauline loves swimming and Zumba, as well as walking and cycling in the countryside where around her home.



Sally, Brighton




Sally began teaching English in Colombia 35 years ago and loved it so much, she has been teaching ever since.


She has taught all ages and levels, in the UK and abroad, and she spent many years in Spain, helping to set up and run a language school in Alicante.

She returned to the UK and was Head of ESL at Brighton’s oldest private school.


She is an exam, business, academic, Young Learner and medical English specialist. Her hobbies include gardening, music, going to the cinema, sports and sewing.

Alex, Brighton



Alex has been teaching English for more than 10 years, in language schools and as a 1:1 home tutor.


She has taught all ages and all levels and has a 1st Class BA hons in Education. She is a qualified swimming instructor and teaches pre-school children in a local swimming pool.




She also runs her own business as a fashion and style consultant and loves walking in the local countryside.



Ian, Hastings




Ian worked as an in-house corporate trainer in Holland, before moving to live in Moscow for nearly 10 years, working as  an english teracher and trainer.


He teaches all ages and levels and is a Business English and Exam specialist.


He is a keen sports fan, going cycling and running, and watching football, rugby and athletics.





Helen, Cambridge




Helen has been teaching for more than 30 years. She began her career as a primary school teacher before moving into adult education.


She has an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in Critical Approaches to Childen's Literature.


She is a published author on improving children's learning and creativity in literacy and oracy, and has presented papers on this subject at various international conferences.


Helen interests include painting and sculpture, ballet, educational research and computing.


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