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here at English For Life on the 'net (that would be me, lol)...

Merry Christmas, 2022

About the Author

My name is John Kenmuir. I'm a Canadian male and world traveler, working as a self-employed English teacher and writer. In my mid-20's, I worked in the hotel management industry before realizing that English and education is where I was supposed to be. Today I get to share that with the world. I can only stand in awe of the gifts I've been given, knowing that they are not mine to keep but to share. They are the gifts that keep on giving.

This Is How I Do What I Do

IELTS Training Academic English

IELTS Training

From 2003 to 2009, I was an IELTS speaking examiner for the British Council in Shanghai, China. During this time, I examined and evaluated more than 3,000 candidates with an accuracy of 98%. If you're planning on taking the test, call me first. There are good IELTS training schools on the Internet, but few of them have trainers with my level of experience or dedication.


Academic English

My undergraduate degree is in English Literature; it was granted by the University of Victoria in 1995. If you're struggling with writing an essay and you need assistance or a second pair of eyes, I'm your man. I have taught academic English for several universities (in South Korea, China, Canada & Saudi Arabia) in all four skill areas. Don't wait until it's too late to ask for help.

Writing Services Payments & Purchases

Writing Services

In addition to teaching English and IELTS, I am also a freelance writer. I write about tv shows and movies, music, food and travelling. I also provide assistance in writing CV's and cover letters. I have previously written reference letters for my students, one of whom was admitted to a Masters degree program based on the strength of my letter; the university. One university admittance board wrote to tell me my letter was the deciding factor to in his admission and to thank me for my efforts.

Payments & Purchases

I accept payment for my services and/or materials through PayPal; contact me by email at teacher@englishforlife.ca for more specific information about my PayPal account.

What Is New & What The Future Holds

Online Courses

I am currently writing and developing English & IELTS courses in both video and worksheet formats. More information will appear when I have sufficient material to launch the courses.


I have published one book so far, "Surviving IELTS Speaking", a practical guide to dealing with IELTS exam stress. This book is designed for lower level students (band 4 to 5 or lower) who haven't taken the exam before. It explains the logistics of the exam so that the student knows what to expect during the test and what they should do (and not do). This test can be very stressful; I have seen many students have panic attacks, some have even decided to stop the test and leave the room. As someone who is passionate about teaching, it breaks my heart to have to watch this knowing there is nothing I can do to help them. Although it focuses specifically on IELTS, many of the suggestions can be applied to any exam setting.

I plan to write more books in the future, as time allows.
Surviving IELTS Speaking, on Amazon

Social Media Channels

You can check out my Linkedin profile, where I network and advertise my services as a teacher and writer. 

Music to Make Learning More Enjoyable

It's common knowledge that music is a great tool for language learning. If you'd like to take it a step further and learn about the stories behind the music, take a closer look at some previous Music History posts.

Music History:

Choosing who to listen to can be difficult; there are so many great artists and music genres available. You might hear a song you like and try to learn it, but what do you do in between those songs that catch your ear?

In these handouts, we're going to look at some popular western artists. We'll talk a little bit about their personal lives and also learn the lyrics (words) from one or two of their songs. Links will be included so you can listen to some of their songs on Youtube. Questions about the artists and their music can be sent to me at teacher@englishforlife.ca.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Don't Be A Stranger

If you need help with your studies or have a writing project you need completed, I'm your guy. I can be reached at teacher@englishforlife.ca and I usually respond within 24 hours (I will leave further comments here if I am unavailable for longer periods).

Comments are always welcome, but should be limited to constructive criticism. We are all here to help each other, so please keep that in mind when writing your response.


Student drawn picture of yours truly (mimicry is the highest form of praise

Last updated Wednesday, January 11, 2023

copyrighted © John Erick Kenmuir 2023