helps you improve your English proficiency and prepare for your exams, so that you can continue with the career you've trained for.

Hi, I'm Jane Birkenhead.

I'm an English teacher specializing in TOEFL and IELTS preparation. I've been teaching for 16 years, and I have thousands of hours of experience working with students from all different professions, countries and language groups.

I give every student individual and personalized attention. Birkenhead English isn't a big language school with different teachers and layers of admin. It's just me and my students. Everyone learns differently, and personalized tuition means faster progress.

I didn't start out as an English teacher. In my first career, I was an accountant and I worked for a lot of big companies in the UK. My favourite job was working for a film company in London!  

I studied for many years for my accountancy qualification. Accountants traditionally work long hours, so I used my evenings and weekends for studying. I know exactly what it's like to juggle a busy working schedule, family commitments, and preparing for exams.

After a few years as an accountant, I realized I spent more time communicating and explaining financial statements than actually doing accountancy, and that's when I decided to specialize in teaching English.

My career in accounting taught me to be focused, organized, and have excellent attention to detail. These are all skills that are essential to teaching, and I use them every day to help my students succeed.

Birkenhead English

If you've been studying by yourself and stuggling,


to learn how teachers can accelerate your progress and help you to achieve your target scores sooner.

All lessons take place in Zoom so we can easily screen-share.

I encourage you to record your lessons so you can go back to them whenever you want. Many teachers don't allow this.

Each lesson is a full 60 minutes. I never rush away at the end, so there's always plenty of time for you to ask questions.

I treat you as an individual. I find out about your strengths, your weaknesses, your challenges, and how you like to study. Then I build these factors into your personalized study plan.

Please contact me directly to schedule lessons.

We can Zoom for a quick chat, and make a plan. I can normally schedule your lessons within a few days.

Lesson prices start at USD$60 for 1 hour and there are discounts for lesson packages. A lesson package of 12 lessons effectively includes 1 free lesson.

When we've worked out your lesson schedule, I'll prepare your personalized lesson plan, send you an online invoice and then that's it, we can start!

How to Book Lessons



You'll see my personal logos on all Birkenhead English resources that I share exclusively with my students. I've created speaking and writing structures, reading, listening, grammar, and vocabulary exercises, and I know hundreds of different ways to practice to get the scores you need.

Resources and Study Materials

My name Birkenhead comes from an old English word meaning birch trees. My logos depict 2 birch leaves to reflect this meaning. I like the connection they form between trees and growth, and studying and growth.

These logos were designed exclusively for me. So when you see these little leaves on any study materials, you'll know they come from me, and that they can be trusted.

A Word About AI

AI has made a huge difference in the way we study and, if used properly, it can be incredibly helpful.

Depending on my students' needs, I use a wide selection of AI tools and other technology including SpeechRaterTM, ELSA, e-rater scoring, ChatGPT, and Otter, amongst others.

However, it's important to understand that AI is only a tool. It has limitations and it's sometimes unreliable. AI is most effective when it's used as support for what you're doing and not as your only method of instruction.

Use AI tools to enhance your study experience, but make sure you get guidance from a human as well.

Successful Students

Check out the stories of some of the amazing students who have studied with me.

"Jane believed in me when I did not believe in myself and was about to give up on my dream."

Samah, pharmacist

"I'm happy to tell you I made 27 in my speaking after a year of taking TOEFL. May you continue encouraging students and helping them to reach their dreams, You are a blessing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart ♥️"

Lea, Nurse

"Can't be thankful enough. My nightmare has ended"

Mina, pharmacist

"The miracle has happened Jane. I passed! Thank you. You are an amazing person and I am happy to have had the chance to know such an incredible and sincere tutor like you."

Meriet, pharmacist

"Jane I passed! I got 27 in speaking and 24 in writing. You are the reason I passed. Thank you so much for your selfless help"

Amna, pharmacist

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Land Acknowledgement

I respect and acknowledge that the land I live and work on is the traditional territory of the Anishnabek, Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosaunee Peoples.

I acknowledge that I'm a settler on these lands, and I'm grateful to all Indigenous communities for their continued stewardship.