About Vancouver English Teacher

My name is Kath.

I am:

  • an English speaking Canadian, born in Vancouver
  • a qualified ESL teacher (TESOL diploma from VCC)
  • an English tutor
  • a medical professional (veterinarian) and teacher (Douglas College)

I love teaching.  I want you to enjoy learning English.

Where do I teach?

During the COVID pandemic, I am meeting with my students online.

Before (and hopefully after!) COVID, I taught in my home office.  It is bright, quiet and comfortable.  I have a library which is well equipped with learning materials and references.

You are welcome (and encouraged) to record our sessions, or I can record them for you.

Why did I choose the name “Vancouver English Teacher”?

The website name [vet] is a “play on words”.  I chose it because it describes me in 2 ways:

1. An acronym for Vancouver English Teacher.
2. A veterinarian or animal doctor.

Why did I become an English teacher?

I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and worked as a vet for over 30 years.   Currently I teach in the Veterinary Assistant program at Douglas College.

As a vet, I enjoyed meeting and talking with international veterinarians. I have always been interested in language, and love meeting people from other cultures.  I wanted to develop this interest, and so I studied TESL (Teaching English as a Subsequent Language) at Vancouver Community College, receiving their Diploma in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

My background in veterinary medicine means I am especially experienced and interested in teaching Medical English.  I have had training in TEAP (Teaching English for Academic Purposes). I particularly enjoy helping people understand Canadian pronunciation; accent reduction can be fun! I also really enjoy grammar, idiom and figurative speech.

My goal is to find out what you want to learn, and to help you learn in ways that are effective, interesting and enjoyable!