Happy New Year

Have you decided on your new year´s resolution yet? Why not make learning English your new priority? What have you got to lose and what are the numerous benefits?

Learning a language in general, opens doors to possible career, travel and overall life opportunities. Making this your new goal in 2018 is an excellent chance to improve your confidence, skill set and polish up your CV.

Learning English with me is easy! Let´s sit down and talk about your specific needs and where you want to be in a year from now. I promise I can help you with your aims and together we can work towards achieving these objectives!

I look forward to hearing from you and would like to wish you all the best and good health for 2018.








When to use Will or Going to

Going to or will

When we want to talk about future facts or things we believe to be true about the future, we use ‘will’.

  • The President will serve for four years.

  • The boss won’t be very happy.

  • I’m sure you’ll like her.

  • I’m certain he’ll do a good job.

If we are not so certain about the future, we use ‘will’ with expressions such as ‘probably’, ‘possibly’, ‘I think’, ‘I hope’.

  • I hope you’ll visit me in my home one day.

  • She’ll probably be a great success.

  • I’ll possibly come but I may not get back in time.

  • I think we’ll get on well.

If you are making a future prediction based on evidence in the present situation, use ‘going to’.

  • Not a cloud in the sky. It’s going to be another warm day.

  • Look at the queue. We’re not going to get in for hours.

  • The traffic is terrible. We’re going to miss our flight.

  • Be careful! You’re going to spill your coffee.

At the moment of making a decision, use ‘will’. Once you have made the decision, talk about it using ‘going to’.

  • I’ll call Jenny to let her know. Sarah, I need Jenny’s number. I’m going to call her about the meeting.

  • I’ll come and have a drink with you but I must let Harry know. Harry, I’m going to have a drink with Simon.

Englischunterricht in Neuss

I am happy to announce that my family and I are moving to Neuss, Rheinallee in December. We are really looking forward to getting to know all you “Neussers”.

I will also be getting in touch with plenty of potential new clients, offering business and general Englischunterricht in Neuss. So if you are looking for a qualified Englischlehrer in Neuss, please feel free to get in touch.

I will start my first business Englischinterricht in Neuss with Walter Rau gmbh, next Thursday and I am really looking forward to it.

See you soon, Neuss!

Gordon McPhillips (and family).


Tips and Advice

Business or general English?

It all depends on what you need English for, whether it be for business meetings, presentations or phone and email correspondence. Maybe you just want to improve your fluency and increase your vocabulary bank. Either way, choosing whether you learn business or general English is a decision worth taking time.
The dreaded tenses.
Stop worrying about the tenses so much! The aim of learning a language is to be able to communicate with each other. An English native speaker won’t leave the meeting crying because you don’t know the difference between present perfect and past simple. The native speaker is more than happy that you can communicate in his/her language.

Focus on these most commonly used tenses and you’ll survive the big bad English-speaking world.
Present simple v present continuous
Past simple v present perfect
Will v going to

What happens when you understand the rules of the tenses?
When you’ve “got” the tenses, ie, the keywords that’ll help you differentiate between which tense to use, the next step is building your vocabulary. Easier said than done. Start with learning the words that you need and build from there. Learn a maximum of 7-10 new words per day.

Last but not least, enjoy it!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Welcome, Future Students

Hi there!

Firstly, thank you so much for visiting me and I hope we get to meet some day soon. I set up this site to help you lovely people of Düsseldorf to learn English with a friendly, qualified English teacher.

I have been a freelance teacher here in Düsseldorf since 2006. I also work for some big private language schools as a business and general English teacher.

Teaching English is a passion of mine and I am very lucky to be able to combine my passion with my job.

Anyway, enough about me. Now it is time for US to get together and chat. I am really looking forward to hearing from you and I know that we can work well together to reach your goals.


Gordon McPhillips