I'm Roger Hartopp (Dip ELS Open), and I originally come from Leicester, England.
I mainly conduct conversation meetings using my own materials so you don't have to think of a topic! (But normal coursebook lessons are available.) For more details on how my lessons work, where and when, please check my website at www.rogerhartopp.co.uk (Click on English Conversation).
And please - when I send an e-mail back to you, please do tell me when you get it. It is courteous.
Language schools - Realistically, you wouldn't be able to afford me, your lessons are most likely not going to be in my area and you probably are unable to offer me any blocks of lessons, which is the absolute minimum requirement, unless you are prepared to offer me work based on my requirements. At this time, I am not interested in any more lessons.
With my wife, we also offer an English-Polish translation service.
Now my story: I came to Poland in April 1998 because my then girlfriend comes from Poland. She is now my wife, we have been married since August 1999, and we have two boys.
In my old job I used to work in public relations for a bus company in Leicester, so I have wide knowledge of newspapers, radio and television. I worked with the BBC and also produced some television shows for the local Cable television station.
We have lived in the Krakow area most of the time I have been in Poland, although I did spend one year near Opole.
I am also a published author of English - see below!
I HAVE TWENTY YEARS WORTH OF EXPERIENCE.
Although I do teach using coursebooks, I specialise in English conversation, based around a number of topics that include text for reading and comprehension, as well as for conversation, followed by a fun quiz! All these materials have been prepared by myself, and I can send these to you in advance so it helps you to prepare.
I have a sense of humour which can be very useful in learning!
I enjoy writing, and I have a book on the market called Typical Errors in English - An Essential Guide to Getting the Language. You can get more details at www.typicalerrorsinenglish.com
I am a cartoonist, and often draw cartoons and use these in lessons. (This skill has been useful in illustrating the book.)
I also love reading and listening to music, and I have a great sense of humour!
I have done English language voiceovers for Polish company videos - I am now the new voice for Irix lens' promotional videos.
I have had a little radio experience here in Poland! Radio Alfa, Rak, although they've both gone... not my fault! :-)
I am a proofreader of Polish books published by ViaNova into English: Secrets of the Four Temples District (November 2010) Max Leipelt’s Picture Postcards (May 2011), and another work, Wrocław in Detail (published 2013, reprinted 2016). I also proof most English language material produced by Irix, a Swiss-based company specialising in lenses and other camera equipment designed by professional photographers.
So if you would like English lessons, discussion, or want to learn more about typical errors in English, then please write to me through this site.