About Us

Diane Cattermole graduated from the University of Essex with a BA Hons in TEFL and Modern Languages. She then took a MA Hons in TEFL and is the owner of Connect to English.

She has a wealth of English teaching experience across a variety of situations which will benefit your language learning needs. Her experience ranges from tutoring in Cambridge ESOL to adults to teaching General English and study skills programmes at university. Diane can advise and help you achieve your learning potential.

Diane’s English teaching expertise and knowledge of the latest teaching methodologies means that you can be assured that the course you choose will be right for you.

Our approach

At Connect to English we will all work to ensure that, whatever your reason for your language learning, you will experience it in a friendly and exciting way allowing you  to learn English language while experiencing its diverse culture and people.

You can expect up-to- the-minute teaching methods which are aimed at creating an exciting and authentic communicative language learning environment for you. You will learn by a mixture of engaging with British culture, media and role play making for an interactive student experience. It is important that you enjoy your lessons and here at Connect to English we are dedicated to making sure that you do that.

Our testimonials

Here’s what some of our learners have to say about us:

I had to take the IELTS exam in order to start my University studies in the UK. Diane helped me out to get not only the score I needed to get into my course, but also even a higher mark. Therefore I would highly recommend Diane IELTS lessons to achieve any desired score band. 

Lissette Yanez, Spain

After many years of learning independently, I needed somebody who would support me to improve my second language. Diane carefully prepares our lessons, adapting every exercise to my individual needs. Patient and flexible but also challenging, she ensures the sessions are always on the right level. I cannot express how much my English has improved, both written and spoken, in as little as one year. My dreams of reaching a high, Proficiency level are becoming true. Thank you, Diane!

Gosia Antczak, Poland

I recently studied Academic English for university entrance with Connect to English. My tutor was experienced, inspiring and very knowledgeable and really helped me get the best out of my learning experience.  We also studied speaking and grammar and I feel this has helped me in my job in which I have to talk to people on all different levels of the company.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Diane at Connect to English for English language tuition.

Magdalena Olszewska-Wilk, Area Coach- Anglia S.East, KFC.

‘I have just returned from my first business trip to Valencia in Spain since starting lessons and I just wanted to say how much the tutoring has helped further develop relationships with suppliers. It was great to be able to use some Spanish as part of introductions at the trade fair I attended and greatly helped my business. Many thanks Diane. I will definitely continue with the programme after this experience’.

 Paul Seager, Diesse Ltd, Colchester,UK

Diane is an excellent teacher who understands the complexities of teaching mature students. She is a professional approachable person who is in tune with the needs of her students. I am learning Spanish for both business and pleasure. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Diane.

Helen Stephen, HR Manager, Flakt Woods, Colchester, UK

I would thoroughly recommend Diane as a French Teacher, my language skills definitely improved due to the one to one teaching. The instruction is pitched at the right level to suit me and the progression was structured.

Chris OMeara, England

“Diane is a very reliable and professional teacher.  She is also versatile, organised and adaptable to suit your needs. I recommend her for teaching English and foreign languages”

Sue Hawkins, England.

 “The lessons I was given were very important to improve my English. My English teacher was excellent, I  enjoyed her classes a lot. Diane is very professional. I do warmly recommend her classes to everyone interested.”

Francesca Campoy-Gonalez, Spain

“Diane is an excellent tutor.  I started learning Spanish as a foreign language just over eight weeks ago and it has has been a really satisfying experience”

Susan Pattrick, England

“Diane was the teacher of my Business English course. She has excellent written and verbal communication skills, and is extremely organized. I really was satisfied with her teaching capabilities. I highly recommend Diane for language teaching needs.”

Emre Guris, Turkey

“Diane has been a  great teacher for me and has given me a fantastic new tool to assist in the growth of my business overseas” 

Mark Lister, Ribbon & Label Supplies, Colchester, UK

Our tutors

Pierre Guichard is our French Language and Conversation  tutor. A native French speaker, Pierre is widely experienced with language programmes and has been teaching French for over twenty years.

This is what Pierre says:

“Hello – I am Pierre from Lyon in France. I am 42 and I currently live in St. Austell in Cornwall.  I have been a teacher of French, Italian and Spanish for many years. I will be happy to teach you French via Skype at a time convenient to you.
I can help you in the four skills of  Speaking, Listening, Writing and Reading.
I love travelling and I have been happy to practise my languages during my many trips abroad.
Get in touch soon for a chat!”

Valeria Bencic is our Italian Language tutor.

Italian tutorHello, I’m Valeria and I’ve been teaching Italian and English for many years now. I live in Sombor and have worked in England as a teacher and youth leader.

I have been Diane’s friend and colleague for more than twenty years and I was very happy to join the Connect to English team.

My interests include sports, travelling and languages. My biggest treasure is my students who use their knowledge all over the globe. Hope to meet you soon.

English teacher

English teacher

Beccy Smith – ESOL/General English tutor

Hello, I gained my TEFL certificate whilst living in Spain at the end of 2016, and since then I’ve worked in a variety of ESL teaching roles both in the UK and Spain; in the classroom and on a one-to-one basis. I am outgoing and friendly, with a passion for meeting people from all walks of life. I love teaching English as its very rewarding, but also it enables me to meet people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. In addition to working at Connect2English, I also volunteer teaching ESOL Entry Level 2 and one-to-one IELTS tutoring with Refugees, which is a rewarding and enriching experience.

Lessons in French with Pierre and in Italian with Valeria can be arranged through us via Skype  just leave your details here.