I have a degree in English and Drama and a PGCE. I have always enjoyed working with young people and sharing my passion for the language and assisting them in reaching their full potential. I have experience of working with young people who are dyslexic or experience challenges of many types in school, with a particular emphasis on coping with public examinations.
I am in possession of a current CRB Check and completed a Safeguarding Assessment.
James was formerly Senior Master at one of London’s leading independent preparatory schools, James has been Head of Classics and taught Latin, English, Mandarin Chinese and humanities at a number of top independent schools.
A Mandarin Chinese speaker, James is a published writer having written for more than thirty publications including the Times, Independent and Guardian and has authored books for the Economist Intelligence Unit and Financial Times Business Information. He has also published numerous management and business related reports on a published and bespoke basis.
I run language courses in coffee shops in and around Somerset. I teach through conversation as this builds confidence and helps to put students in realistic situations. Each group is treated according to its individual needs and the courses develop organically as a result.
In addition to these courses I offer a monthly online magazine which arrives straight in your inbox. So no paper wasted! The magazine covers a range of topics from grammar to cultural differences, jokes, art, sport, music and an up -to -date article from La Corriere Della Sera, one of Italy’s most important newspapers. This is great for anyone learning Italian and for Italian learners of all levels.
We run study holidays in the beautiful Byzantine city of Ravenna, on the East Coast of Northern Italy. Ravenna has an extraordinary history, sporting fourth century mosaics, Dante’s tomb and some wonderful architecture from the Byzantine period, as well as being only ten minutes by car from the sea!
If you suddenly need to cook for a dinner party or as a fun and different birthday gift, my Italian cookery lessons on Skype can be done in either Italian or English….I learnt from the best… from a real Italian ‘mamma’ .
If you fancy a weekend with a twist, bored with the usual city breaks” Spend an Italian weekend in England with a real Italian family. Learn to cook a traditional Italian dish and take a sewing lesson from a true Italian master seamstress or tailor, dine with the family and experience Italy in the UK!
Providing bespoke catering across the South West of England (Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire). I will cater your drinks party, private dinner party, wedding, birthday celebration, weekend away with family/ friends or delivered/ freezer food. I aim to deliver a professional and quality service tailored to your needs. Also teach The Leiths Introductory Certificate at a few of the local private schools in the area. I offer private cooking classes too, for those who want to advance their cooking, get more confident in the kitchen or impress at their next dinner party! All classes are in the comfort of your own home. I am a qualified Health Coach with the Institute of Integrated Nutrition.