Tina Pentland

English Tutor| Writer & Editor | Linguist

Welcome to your English tutor!


My tutoring service ‘Tina Pentland English Tutor offers one-on-one or small-group English lessons designed to suit your personal learning needs.

I’m a native speaker of British English with many years’ experience teaching English and linguistics at university level, and privately. My lessons are fun. You will learn a lot and I will help you achieve your goals!


Young Man Doing Homework And Studying In College LibraryEnglish language and literacy

  • At home English for primary school and high school students specialising in:
    • Writing and grammar (all levels)
    • NAPLAN – grades 3, 5, 7 & 9
    • Coaching/feedback on homework and written assignments (all subjects)
    • Specialist tuition for ESL students



  • Journal articles and other academic publications in fields related to linguistics, the humanities and business
  • PhD and Masters theses
  • Scientific media, magazines and books – especially in fields related to mental health: psychology, psychotherapy and counselling
  • Press releases and advertising material
  • Special projects and formal correspondence
  • Essays and assignments

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  • General English – all levels
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) – academic writing and style conventions (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.)
  • Business English – oral and written communication, pronunciation and grammar
  • Exam preparation (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL)

tinaTina Pentland

BA(Hons); GradDip TESOL; MPhil Linguistics
I discovered the joys and rewards of teaching almost by accident.  One day, before my daughter started Primary School, I decided to go back to university and study to be a TESOL teacher.  So, when she was a Grade One student, I was a student too.  The practical teaching especially was such fun: I developed my own teaching resources and learnt how to present them; I met new people; and I felt happy every time a student learnt something new. 

I got the TESOL qualification – a Postgraduate Diploma – in 1998.

Following on from that, I continued with further study in linguistics and applied linguistics at university.  I got my MPhil in Linguistics in 2004.  Doing linguistics means learning lots about languages generally and, as a native English speaker, learning lots more about English grammar and pronunciation.  I know how to teach them too!  I believe it’s always possible for learners of English to improve their English skills – especially if they are motivated to learn and have a good teacher.

For many years I supported myself and my family by teaching Linguistics at the University of Queensland and teaching English privately.  I worked hard and learnt a lot.  One of the nicest things a student said to me recently was: “Thanks to your help in the tutorial … I could get a 7.  […]  It was so fun to go to your class, and I hope I can see you in another class.”  Teaching and learning are special:  I think we all can learn from each other and in the end everyone is a winner!


I came to Australia in 1978 and have lived in Brisbane since 1996.  It’s a nice place to live.  I enjoy my house and garden, going for walks with my two dogs, and spending time with friends.

I started my own business ‘Tina Pentland English tutor in 2011 – because I like teaching English best of all.


I’m so glad I found you, Tina. Thank you for your great teaching and support in my Masters.

Korean Postgrad Student

Thanks to Tina I got my first A for English.

Year 12 Korean Student

Tina is a supportive, patient, dedicated and trustworthy tutor. School results are improving and we will definitely be continuing tutorials this year.


Contact Me

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Phone Contacts:

Mob. 0432 988 031
Ph. 07 3368 1131