Who is Dominic Cole?
Who is Dominic Cole
Well, I am Dominic Cole and I have been teaching English for over 20 years now (I did have a previous career as a lawyer, but I prefer to forget about that).
I have lived and worked in the UK, Egypt, Romania and China - mostly working at university and high school level. I am now back in the UK and living near Cambridge.
I no longer teach in the classroom and this site is where I do all my teaching
Why do I run this site? Is it all really free?
Is this site completely free?
Yes, the site is completely free and will remain so.
I run the site for pleasure and out of curiosity. I genuinely love helping people out and when I started there were very few sites - approximately none - like this around.
The curiosity part is that I am fascinated by the idea of "remote teaching" - i.e. teaching people that I will never meet. This site is in some ways an experiment to see how this can be done.
What is the best way to study IELTS?
What is my best advice?
I don't have an answer to this question. IELTS works differently for different people. Here are three very simple guidelines for you though:
1. Understand how the test is scored. A lot of people lose out because they don't understand the rules of the game.
2. Remember that IELTS is a test of English. Lots of people get obsessed by learning tips and tricks. These can help but the reason most people don't get the score they need is that their core English isn't good enough. Often this can mean that the best practice is not exam practice.
3. If you are having problems getting your score, find a teacher. There are lots of them posted on this site. Really good ones who understand IELTS and teaching. A few hours with a good teacher can save a lot of heartache and will be money well spent.
My mission statement
What sort of teacher am I?
My teaching style online is relaxed - I behave on my site just as I did in the classroom.
I'm personal and quite informal - you'll see I always use "I" and "you"
I use humour
I try to get people to think and learn how to teach themselves.
Can you teach me in person?
Can I teach you personally?
Sorry, this is the one service I don't provide.
Thousands of people visit this site and my priority is to make the site as accessible to as many people as possible. That takes all my time.
If you want a teacher do visit my teachers' page. There are a lot of very good options there.
Do you have any books or courses?
Do I have any books or courses to sell?
Not right now - but they are coming - perhaps one day!
The material will appear slowly (because I want to get them right) once I've sorted my site out - that's very much my priority.
How often do I post new lessons?
As often as I can!
I have recently though become a full-time dad and this means that sometimes I am just too busy.
IELTS may be important but life is more important.