About Us

This is English was originally set up in 2009 and since then, we have been teaching one-to-one classes all over London. As we have grown, we have become much more than a one-to-one company. We produced the world's first audio-books for the IELTS test, have a YouTube channel where we offer free online movies and now we are moving into Facebook Live lessons.

Our goal is to provide the very best resources to help you improve your English. We understand that not everybody can come to London to study so we are delighted to offer our 'study via Skype' option and our online movies.

If you would like to take your English to the next level then we invite you to try one of our many study services.

Our Team


Rich AspinallHi, it’s nice to meet you! My name is Rich and I am the founder of This is English.

I am a Cambridge DELTA qualified teacher.

My first teaching job was in 2005, when I spent a year in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was a brilliant first year for me and I taught children and adults of all ages. I taught from beginner to advanced level and living in Indonesia was a great experience. In 2006, I moved to Russia’s capital, Moscow, where I worked for a year. I mainly taught adults and I focused on preparing them for the IELTS and TOEFL tests, as well as teaching general and business English. Since returning from Russia, I have been working and living in London, focusing on teaching one to one students and teaching small groups. I also do Skype classes and at the moment I am focussed on producing more free online learning movies. 


Hello, I'm Ultan.Ultan - in the recording studio

I have been part of This is English from the beginning when we started making our Podcasts. 

I was also part of the production of the IELTS Guides and now I am working with Richard on our online learning movies.

When I'm not working with This is English, I work at the BBC. It's great because I get the chance to travel all over the world!

I hope you enjoy all the digital content on our site. Let us know if you can think of anything that you would find useful and we will try and make some resources to help. 



Our tutor JamesI have been with This is English for the past year or so and I mainly teach conversation classes and general English.

I have been teaching for about 6 years and spent the first couple of them in Argentina but please don't ask me to speak Spanish!

 I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and I am so lucky to live in London, where I can do exactly  that. Skype is also a fun way for me to teach and I have met some great people through that too.

 See you soon!


Hi my name is Sam. 

I began teaching aged 18 in Nepal. Since that extraordinary experience I have helped a great many people improve their written and spoken English in a great number of vocations. I am a writer and lyricist with a particular passion for the creative industries. If you have something you want to say in English, I am here to help you say it loud and clear. 





Hello everyone my name is Robin, nice you meet you! 
I am a Cambridge CELTA qualified teacher. 
I started teaching in Moscow during my summer break at university and since then I've never looked back. After that unforgettable experience, I travelled to Russia to teach in a summer camp, I taught in a private academy in Barcelona and I returned to the UK to teach in a private language school. I have experience teaching all age groups and preparing students for the IELTS and Cambridge exams. 
I have a passion for all languages and as a student of Russian, I appreciate how it feels to be a language student. I can feel your pain when you get things wrong, I empathise with you and I'm here to help! 


Ricardo (Argentina)

I have been studying English with This is English for three years. They have creative teachers who can easily identify the topics that can be interesting for the students in order to conduct conversations in a natural way. By combining the exact dose of grammar with new words, idioms and information about British culture, the lessons are very dynamic. 

Sonia (Spain)

I started the lessons with This is English a couple of years ago and ​they really helped me to improve my confidence and correct very old mistakes. I highly recommend these lessons because they are totally customised, not only in terms of language level but also to suit your schedule and location. The great thing is that as the lessons are very dynamic -  the time is flying so the learning process is always fun and easy."

Jacqueline (Italy)

My journey with This is English started a year ago, when I was applying for a course at university. My English wasn’t good enough to get the credentials needed to pass IELTS, so I decided to seek some help from someone more experienced. Therefore I attended some classes  and after 3 lessons, confidence and positivity became my most powerful tool for learning. For each session I was attending, academic progresses and personal confidence become my strongest motivations.

So far my English has considerably improved and I also managed to pass IELTS and access the course that I’ve chosen; striking all my goals!


Joanna (Poland)

Hello, my name is Joanna, and I’m Polish. I am pleased to tell you a few words about Richard as he used to be my teacher for a few years. I found him to be very professional and reliable. My classes with Richard were all very interesting. He imparts knowledge in a very good way, and he’s really focused and passionate on what he does.

I have to admit that my English considerably improved after years of English lessons with him, which helped me take on a new and better role in my workplace as I can now communicate with people more. It gave me the confidence that I need and am no longer afraid to talk to people. I highly recommend Richard to anyone who would like to improve their English language and lead a better life.

Axel (Germany)

"I started one-to-one lessons with Rich more than one year ago. It became clear to me that English is not an easy  language at all. Rich has a very pragmatic way to identify areas for improvement in a dialogue based on which he builds really helpful exercises. I like his structured approach to help me expanding my vocabulary, grammar and mostly my pronunciation. I can recommend Rich to anyone who would like to learn or improve their English with a very competent and nice teacher".

Nate (Thailand)
Nate (Thailand)

My one-to-one tuition with Rich was a great experience in learning English. He always know what I really need to improve and absolutely he knows how to get me to the next level creatively. On top of that, Rich will always encourage you to go further in English world. Believe me,you will find studying with him is an unforgettable moment!