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Mr Ian Carpenter

 Melbourne - Williamstown

Experienced ESL Tutor and Passionate Cultural Ambassador!

Melbourne tutor in ESL, TOEFL, Reading, Spanish

(44 student reviews)

If a lack of English is causing you to miss out on opportunities in Education, Culture or Business, there is nothing excites me more than the opportunity to help you realise your potential and to welcome you as a proud and confident member of the Global English speaking community.

I'm an Australian ESL Teacher with a Cambridge Certificate and many years experience both at home in Melbourne and abroad.
From living on and off in Spain over a six year period, I'm particularly experienced in teaching English to Spanish speakers and time permitting, I'm proficient enough in Spanish to offer beginner Spanish classes to anyone interested.
My experience with the Spanish language includes a recent two month trip to South America that included a month of voluntary English teaching in a Secondary College in Cusco, Peru and later extended visits to Puerto Rico and Cuba.

From working with the Latino Community in Melbourne for many years, it's obvious to me that most English Students are having or have had many hours of English theory and their books are full of grammar and vocabulary. This is very useful, especially when beginning an English learning journey, however, what they lack and what really interests me, is developing conversation more than anything else. If it's practical conversation you need, it's my passion and is at the core of my tutoring philosophy!

For International visitors to Melbourne who are interested, I can focus my classes around aspects of life in Melbourne or more generally on Indigenous, Colonial and Multi-Cultural Australia. Ours is a very unique place in the World!

Furthermore, for anyone with enough time, I am very happy to combine my classes with visits to places of interest in Melbourne such as galleries, museums, gardens, historical landmarks, zoos, events or my hometown of Williamstown to name a few.
As a Native English speaker with excellent qualifications and many years of experience teaching and tutoring English as a second language I speak slowly, clearly and methodically!

My lessons are structured according to the level and needs of my students, be they business, academic, travel or simply communication. It's my aim to make your English language learning fun and as interesting as it can possibly be!

As a bonus to all my students, I offer daily assistance with any issues they may have via my WhatsApp group. I use the group to stimulate discussion and to regularly challenge students with exercises and quizzes designed to improve their English. For truly motivated students this is a highly valued inspirational resource!

In response to the Global pandemic I have developed conversation sessions and tutoring opportunities on Zoom. This has enabled me to reach out to learners anywhere in the World. If this is something that interests you, please feel free to message me. Technology and the internet are amazing resources when combined with my passionate guidance and your effort!



ESL Employment to date:

At various times over the past 20 years I have given private one on one lessons to adult
migrants from mainly South American and Asian Countries.

Worked as a volunteer Ambassador for the Globall programme for the last 4 years.

While living in Europe from 1972 to 1983 I had many private students and gave classes at
the following locations in Spain:

Academia Cots, Soller, Mallorca Spain - I worked as an ESL teacher at this private
language school for two academic years.
My role involved the teaching of group classes to mainly teenage learners.

Madrid, Spain to Cambridge, UK - Summer School In partnership with an English
colleague, I worked as an ESL teacher at a month long summer school we coordinated for
20 of our regular students from Madrid at Saffron Walden near Cambridge.
My responsibilities also included the supervision of extra curricular activities and excursions.

Barcelona, Spain - My ESL teaching experience started while living in the Catalan
Capital. A friend who worked as an ESL teacher at a private language school mentored
me to fill in for him for a summer semester and so began my involvement with ESL teaching.
My role involved the teaching of group classes, to mainly teenage learners.


Spanish (as a foreign Language) Diploma - Madrid 1991
Certificate in Teaching of English as a foreign Language - University of Cambridge 1992
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Victoria University October 2013
Certificate with Distinction! "Shaping the way we teach English" Online Course - University
of Oregon USA 2015

Copies of all the Certificates above are available on request!


Rates are negotiable depending on location and method!

Working With Children Check

Yes, I'm cleared to work with children in Victoria until 15-Oct-2023 (details available on request)




Joined Tutor Finder on 09-Mar-2015 (updated profile on 01-May-2022)
Tutoring Location
  • Online Tutoring
  • Phone Help
  • Tutor's Place in Williamstown
  • Home Visits within 10 kms
  • Private & Group Tuition


ESL (Primary, Secondary)
Reading (Primary, Secondary)
TOEFL (Primary, Secondary)


Spanish (Introduction, Intermediate)

"Ian is a excellent and patient tutor, has a lot experience a his class always have fun, interest and tips for learn english for everybody"

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