We are a team of very experienced, competent and dedicated trainers with a wealth of expertise in English Language Training and Corporate Coaching and Training. As a team, we have experience in a variety of contexts: Business, Banking and Finance, Univerisity Lecturing, Writing and Publishing English Language Learning Materials, Teacher Training and Development and Corporate Training.  

  About Us 

 
EXTRA ENGLISH is a small, efficient, professional, and dedicated team of English Language Teaching Specialists in Chester. 
 
Caroline Hyde is the Academic Director and Sophie Freeman, the Business Director. They work ‘hands-on’ delivering training alongside a highly qualified team of trainers, teacher trainers and authors in the field. 
 
Picture across: Two EXTRA ENGLISH students studying for the Cambridge BEC Higher Certificate in their place of work. 
 
See below for profiles of all the team. 
 
 
'I wanted you to know that sister got an email from NCS, they have accepted her request to become a Nurse. 
I really would like to thank you for your help. The best exam she ever had was after your lesson, so part of this success belong also to you.' 
Virginia Disacco, Pirelli. 

Staff Profiles 

 
 
Sophie Freeman 
 
I have been involved in corporate training, teaching English and managing trainers for over 20 years as well as having a degree (BA Hons) in English Language and Literature and the Cambridge University (ESOL) postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (Level 7- Masters). 
 
I have worked in several top language and business institutions in Brazil and Kuwait as well as in Paris, London and Chester. I also have a background in Investment Banking working in Sales, Account Management and Training for the multinational Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters). I have significant business experience, including devising, managing and delivering the roll-out of a Europe-wide internal and client training program. Clients included Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, CSFB, UBS Warburg, ING Barings. I was also part of the teaching and Academic Management team at English in Chester for over 10 years and in Kuwait, I worked as their Senior Trainer at the Institute of Banking Studies focussing on Business and Banking English.  
 
Like Caroline, I also currently work part-time as a Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Chester. I wrote several short courses for the Institute of Banking Studies in Kuwait and am currently developing course materials for the University of Chester. 
 
I have a great deal of experience training all levels (Beginners – Proficiency) in many areas, from Business English, Academic English and Cambridge exam classes like IELTS and FCE to General English classes and speciality courses. 
 
'I can strongly recommend Sophie as a teacher of English to all kinds of learner..she has a wide range of experience and works effectively and professionally. She is very highly qualified in this field.'  
 
Nigel Paramor: Principal, English in Chester. 
You can meet Sophie here vai our YouTube channel: 
 
Annie Macdonald 
 
I started my teaching life as a secondary school teacher of History before discovering I could pursue my love of teaching, travel and getting to know other cultures, all at the same time.  
 
I have worked in English Language Teaching for 25+ years in EFL/ESP in Turkey, Brazil, Spain and England, teaching secondary/university/adult students at all levels.  
 
My main skills are in writing ELT materials. have co-authored several English Language Teaching books for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Delta Publishing, all with Mark Hancock. I am currently writing teaching materials and working as an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Lecturer at the University of Chester. 
 
In 2018 Annie was part of a team that won a national award for their brilliant work on a new Pronunciation book. 
This is the OSCARS of the English language Teaching world!  
You can meet Annie here via our YouTube channel: 
 
Eva Lake 
 
I have been teaching English language skills for over 25 years. I have worked in Greece, The Czech Republic and all over the UK. 
 
I also train English language teachers (CELTA & DELTA) and have done examining work for both Cambridge and Trinity ESOL at all levels.  I have worked on the ESOL team at West Cheshire College from 2000 - 2013, and am currently working as an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) tutor at the University of Chester. 
 
I have an in depth knowledge of grammar and the language and am a very enthusiastic teacher who genuinely cares about the progress of every student I teach. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can meet Eva here via our YouTube channel: 
 
Jim Freeman 
 
I have around 10 years of teaching experience, both at West Cheshire College and English in Chester. I also have significant experience working in Marketing and in Adminstration and Project Management in Higher Education. 
 
As well as being a highly qualified English teacher with the Cambridge CELTA and part of the post graduate Diploma, I also have a Masters degree in medieval history and an interest in Academic English and IELTS. I speak some Arabic and have been studying towards a PHD related to the Crusades.  
 
I am a careful, prepared and thorough teacher but I also like to make lessons more interesting with some humour. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can meet Jim here via our YouTube channel: 
Maisie Langridge 
 
I have over 25 years of teaching and workshop experience mainly, but not exclusively, in schools and colleges at post 16 levels. I have taught a number of communication based and creative subjects including Performing Arts, English Literature, English Language and ESOL. I have wider teaching skills - for instance I am a qualified and certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. 
 
I am a highly qualified English and Performing Arts teacher with a Cambridge CELTA, a first class BA honours degree, an MA in Theatre Studies and further post graduate teaching qualifications. 
 
I am a friendly, funny and approachable teacher who also likes to encourage confidence, focus and self-discipline in the student. Your lessons will be carefully prepared, considered and bespoke to your strengths and weaknesses. I am particularly good at explaining and clarifying the differences of vocabulary and meaning and helping overcome any problems you might have with pronunciation.t to edit it. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can meet Maisie here via our YouTube channel. 
 
Holly Pearson 
 
I am the Marketing Coordinator for Extra English. 
I have a background in English Literature and Language and have joined the Extra English team with lots of enthusiasm. 
My job is varied and interesting ranging from coordinating marketing activities, supporting in-house web content, maintaining social media output, brainstorming, researching and promoting the wonderful company I work for. 
I am organised, reliable, creative, approachable and feel lucky to work with such a lovely friendly team. 
I am a people person and would love to talk you through Extra English and the great work it does.  
Please contact me if I can help in any way. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can meet Holly here via our YouTube channel. 
Roger Hyde 
 
I was born near Manchester and went to university there to study philosophy and literature. After this, I decided on a radically different direction. I went on to be a chef. I really enjoyed working in a team but after twenty years of working in the service industry I decided I needed another change of direction. I spent a couple of years trying different careers before making the leap into teaching English. 
I have now been teaching for over twenty years now and still enjoy the challenge of how best to work with individuals or classes. I have worked with students from all over the world and with people with no English to fluent speakers. Whether students need the basic building blocks of language or a final flourish on pronunciation, there is always something new and interesting to be done. 
For most of my career in teaching I have worked in colleges preparing students for a wide range of exams and helping to prepare students for living in the UK. Now, I have started working for Extra English because this allows me the opportunity to develop much more bespoke courses for groups and individuals which reflect their needs, interests and ambitions. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can meet Roger here via our YouTube channel. 
 
Who are our students? 
 
 
Excellent feedback from our students (102 questionnaires): 
100% of our students were very happy or happy with their lessons overall 
100% of our students were very happy or happy with their teachers 
96% of our students were very happy or happy with the materials used 
100% of our students were very happy or happy with the teaching methods 
97.6% of our students were very happy or happy with the speed at which the group moved 
99% of our students were very happy or happy with the administrative procedures 
100% of our students would recommend Extra English 
 
 
'Sophie and Caroline are great colleagues and excellent teachers and EXTRA ENGLISH will certainly help develop your English language skills.' Richard Wilson, Head of English for Academic Purposes, Chester University.  
 
'EXTRA ENGLISH is very professional and competent'. Frederic, France. 
'Very professional and knowledgeable teachers. They knew exactly what to focus on to help me achieve my goals.' Ari, Greece. 
'As you know I thought I would just try the Proficiency exam...but I passed! Thank you so much for your lessons. You are a great teacher.' Elena, Spain. 
 

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