Why EfL?

  • Have intensive one-to-one tuition with tutors who specialise in helping teachers to improve their language skills
  • Focus on the areas where you need the most practice
  • Study at your own pace

We help you to:

  • Learn to express yourself accurately and fluently in writing and speaking
  • Improve your reading strategies and listening skills
  • Fill the gaps in your grammar
  • Develop and extend your vocabulary
  • Improve your pronunciation

Method of learning

We offer lessons by distance learning using Zoom and email. No matter where you live, we can work together just as we would in the same room. Lessons are scheduled at a mutually convenient time to fit around your work and family commitments.

Needs assessment

We first undertake a short assessment so that you can see what your strengths are, and what you need to work on. We then design a course that will prepare you for the ISLPR test, and enhance your future career as a teacher. As gaps in your grammar and vocabulary emerge, tutoring is provided to fill these gaps, along with appropriate handouts and exercises for self-study.

Length of the course

Courses are normally 4 - 12 lessons, each 45 minutes in length, plus time for written correction. 

Your tutor

Linda’s teaching qualifications include CELTA, a Master of Education in TESOL and 20 years’ experience in teaching English. Since 2011, she has specialised in preparing teachers for the PEAT and ISLPR exams


Overseas-trained teachers may be required to sit either the ISLPR or IELTS exam in order to meet the language requirements for registration. At English for Life, we generally recommend ISLPR for teachers because it is based on everyday life and is very relevant to teaching.

Contact Us

For more information and to discuss your learning needs, contact our qualified tutors now.



"Finding the EfL website turned the tide for me after a couple of attempts in the writing test. This was the best decision I ever made."

Philippines Sher, from the Philippines

"Linda is a brilliant teacher - she is patient, encouraging and knowledgeable. What I enjoyed the most was reading her constructive comments. I really do not think I could have done this without Linda, and I have learnt so much from her."

China Ying, from China

"After several unsuccessful attempts to clear the writing component, I gave up all hope. Then I found Linda’s website and she made the impossible possible by enhancing my writing skills. She identified my weaknesses and designed the lessons according to my needs. Her handouts and notes were very helpful in improving my grammar and writing style. She gave such detailed feedback which made learning so much easier for me. After trying hard for the last two years, I finally managed to pass the test."

India Soma, from India

"Linda is an exceptional teacher who has an expert knowledge of English grammar and can pass this knowledge on to her students effortlessly. Her teaching manner is welcoming, kind and patient but at the same time yielding the best results for the student. She has a clear understanding of where the student is with his/her use of English and how to reach the level of proficiency required for teaching. As a result, I was able to pass all three remaining components first time."

Poland Agnieszka, from Poland

"I would like to share my success story in achieving success in Writing. I felt that I would need individualised teaching to help me pass. Linda Kennington designed a personalised program to further develop my writing skills. She helped me to take responsibility for my learning by giving me the opportunity to find my own mistakes, correct them myself and refine my work. Without Linda’s hard work and professionalism, I would not have been able to pass the exam and start my teaching career."

Egypt Marise, from Egypt

"Working with Linda systematically for four months was the key to passing the exam on my first attempt. Linda provided very comprehensive, one-on-one instruction in writing, reading and speaking. As the lessons were tailor-made, I was able to identify and work on my weaknesses which resulted in great progress in a short time. Linda’s lessons included a lot of authentic materials to practice my skills. Her expertise and commitment enabled me not only to complete the exam but also to refine my overall English language skills."

Sri Lanka Janaki, from Sri Lanka

"I was sceptical about getting a tutor for the writing component as I was confident that I could pass the exam myself. However, getting close but not passing the exam showed me that something I was doing was not right. So, I contacted Linda, and she provided me with strategies to write more concisely and therefore faster. However, the most important thing was that Linda taught me a skill for life - how to write. There is only one thing that I regret - not contacting Linda earlier so that I could have avoided frustration and disappointment from failing the test several times.""

Russia Irina, from Russia

"I sat the academic IELTS test three times unsuccessfully. I was discouraged by the test and lost faith in myself. Fortunately, after a while I came across Linda's website and decided to have a go at the ISLPR test. Thanks to Linda I found out what is important in each skill. Linda provided me with a lot of valuable advice and pinpointed my mistakes. Linda made me believe in my skills again. I sat the ISLPR test and passed all its components for the first time round. Now, I can apply for VIT registration. I highly recommend Linda as a professional teacher and mentor!”"

Poland Sylwia, from Poland