carl stevens: travel efl italy

Carl Stevens: I’m an English-language (EFL) teacher and freelance writer (working primarily in the fields of travel-writing and travel-journalism). I live and work in Italy, currently based in Viterbo – a medieval city in Northern Lazio, a short distance from Rome. I teach general English to learners of all levels, prepare students for recognised English-language examinations – such as the Cambridge University main-suite examinations (Key English Test (KET) to Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), teach a range of ESPs – such as Business English and English for Travel and Tourism – and specialise in the areas of pronunciation, literary and conversational-based English and am an enthusiastic user of a range of contemporary language-teaching methodologies.

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Curriculum Vitae:


First-class B.A. Hons degree from Bath Spa University, Bath (UK) in the subjects of Creative Writing and English Literature (Major / Minor, respectively)

(120hr practical) TEFL certification, alongside specialist modules in the areas of Teaching English for Specific Purposes, Grammar Awareness, Teaching English One-to-One, Teaching Large Classes, Teaching Young Learners and Teaching with Limited Resources

Specialist Certificate in Teaching Pronunciation from Oxford TEFL, Barcelona (Spain)

Cambridge University, Cambridge (UK) language teaching qualifications in the fields of: Teaching Cambridge: Advanced (CAE) exams; Teaching Cambridge English: First (FCE) and FCE for Schools exams; Teaching Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET) and PET for Schools exams; Teaching Cambridge Key English Test (KET) and KET for Schools exams; Grammar and Language Awareness.

Other qualifications include: Access to Higher Education certification in the subjects of English Language, English Literature and History; Certification in Travel and Tourism Studies; Certification in advanced IT Skills.

View of Melfi Castle from the surrounding countryside; Melfi, Italy

General / Employment History: Prior to moving to Italy, I taught English as a Foreign Language, English Literature, Creative Arts and Physical Education in Thailand, Kenya, Sri Lanka and in the UK on both a one-to-one and group basis, tutoring learners of various ages and abilities. Whilst studying at Bath Spa University, I conducted Narrative Non-Fiction / Travel-Writing seminars for first year Creative Writing students and took an active role in the promotion of contemporary literature, specifically travel-journalism, travel-writing and poetry (including working at Bath LitFest, a world-renowned literary festival held annually).

Please feel free to contact me regarding Teaching English as a Foreign Language at or use the form below.

Freelance English Language, English Literature and Creative Writing Tutor:

Since beginning my TEFL journey in 2008, I’ve worked as a freelance tutor of English Language, English Literature and Creative Writing in the UK and for a period of time in Sri Lanka, teaching in a range of rural schools (autumn 2011 to spring 2012). This role has involved conducting lessons in-home and working with a number of educational establishments. My responsibilities have included tutoring students of assorted ages and abilities (both one-to-one and in groups), tailoring lessons to suit students’ personal needs, familiarising myself with various syllabi, and teaching a range of ESPs, such as Business English and English for Travel and Tourism.

Teaching English Language, Literature and Creative Arts at Nazarene School, Kenya:

Nazarene School is located in Mikindani, a suburb on the outskirts of Mombasa, Kenya. I spent two months teaching English Language, English Literature, Creative Arts and Physical Education here in the summer of 2009. The school’s Director of Studies, Jaakko Ngwenah, and the other teachers welcomed me as part of the Nazarene team on arrival. I enjoyed my time there. I remain in contact with the staff and Jaako keeps me updated regularly on the school’s rapid and noteworthy progress.

Some of my responsibilities here included planning and conducting effective lessons in four major academic subjects to suit the set curriculum; managing large classes of up to thirty students, from young learners to young adults; constructing and grading examinations in English Language, English Literature and the Creative Arts; organising extra-curricular skills lessons, including a public speaking in English course.

Teaching English Language and Literature at Wat Nai Rai School, Thailand

After School Club at Wat Nai Rai School; Rayong, Thailand

Wat Nai Rai School is situated in a sleepy yet captivating fishing village in Thailand‘s Rayong Province, approximately two hours south of Bangkok. The area is visited primarily by travellers en route to nearby Ko Samet island; it’s from Rayong that the ferry departs.

During my time at Wat Nai Rai, my responsibilities included preparing and conducting lessons for young learners to young adults in three major academic subjects in accordance with the school curriculum; teaching personalised one-to-one classes with students in need of specific assistance; as well as participating in English department meetings regarding the school’s curriculum and strategies for the future.

Teaching Travel-Writing at Bath Spa University, Somerset, UK

In the spring of 2011, I taught a series of Narrative Non-Fiction / Travel-Writing seminars for first year Creative Writing students at Bath Spa University as part of the Writers’ Workshop module – an introductory module that aims to acquaint students with the multiple writing opportunities and styles available for them to explore and experiment with. I would like to thank Bath Spa Senior Lecturer Colin Edwards for this enriching experience and I hope to lead more seminars at some point in the future.120-hour TEFL Qualification and Practical Course

In November 2011 at Buckerell Lodge, Exeter I completed the final stage of my initial TEFL qualification with travel / volunteer company i-to-i. I was accompanied by five other budding English Language teachers. It was inspiring to hear their back-stories, their motivation and reasons for wanting to teach English, as well as their diverse plans for the near (and / or distant) future.

Travel-Writing and Journalism

Although I have a love for literature in general, travel-writing, travel-journalism and poetry are my key interests. I’ve had travel articles published in the UK’s Telegraph and Express and Echo newspapers, winning the former’s ‘Just Back’ travel-writing competition in 2011 with an article about Lucca, Italy and the operatic composer Giacomo Puccini. To read the article, please go to: (Any comments are greatly appreciated.)

The bronze statue of Puccini - Just back travel writing competition

Operatic composer Giacomo Puccini relaxes in the comfort of his own square; Lucca, Italy


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