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Tim Goddard 
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  Tim Goddard

I am a professional, licensed Blue Badge Tourist Guide with 20 years' experience helping visitors get more out of their visit to Britain.

A Londoner by birth, I particularly enjoy bringing the city's diverse history and culture to life: I am proud to be requested by the same groups year after year.

1998-now Tourism

2012-now: Blue Badge Tourist Guide qualified to work in German and English with specific accreditation in:

  • Coach Panoramic sightseeings and walking tours
  • Westminster Abbey
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • The Tower of London
  • The British Museum
  • The National Gallery
  • Windsor Castle/Hampton Court Palace
  • Stonehenge/Bath
  • Oxford/Stratford
  • The Cotswolds

2012-now: Guide for SET Educational Travel, Germany

  • London's major landmarks in a 3-hour sightseeing
  • Tailored to fit with teaching curriculum
  • "English language for German speakers" visits (or "Denglisch" with specialist words in German)

2012-now: Tour Manager for Trafalgar Tours, UK

  • Specialising in Austria and Switzerland

2012-2016: Tour Manager and Guide for Car Rouge Premium Tours, Switzerland

  • Kent Gardens and Castles: 4-day Tour
  • Cornwall: 6-day Tour

2012-2015: Education Lecturer for The National Gallery in London

  • 60-minute highlight tours
  • Tailored guiding to youngsters' needs - and attention spans!
  • Paintings chosen to suit German-speaking visitors

1998-2012: Freelance Tour Manager, specialising in educational tours in Europe

  • 14 years' experience and overall excellent rating as a Tour Manager with EF Educational und GoAhead Tours, the world's largest private education company.
  • Training new Tour Managers.
  • Attending school pre-tour briefing meetings giving talks/presentations.
1993-2000 Education

Lecturer in German and English for Academic Purposes at The Open University, University College London and University of North London

  • Proven background in devising and teaching intensive language degree modules at all levels in German and teaching Certificate and Proficiency courses in English
  • Involved in setting, marking and moderating exams
  • Experience in mentoring and leading student support groups; trained in counselling practices
  • Responsible for producing distance learner work sheets and study packs and developing internet-based student study areas
1989-now Technology

Webdesign Coder and Developer

  • 10 years' experience in designing, developing and maintaining websites
  • Background in in-house training for bespoke web-based software packages
  • Experience in needs analysis and setting up computer systems for small businesses

Freelance Technical translator in French, German and English

  • 7 years' experience translating specialist literature for the gas, paper and textile industries
2012 Blue Badge Tourist Guide Institute of Tourist Guiding

Licensed to guide in both English and German

1995 MA (Theoretical Linguistics) University College London

Dissertation: The phenomenon of asymmetrical verb second movement in German

1993 PGCE (Further Education) University of Greenwich

Specialising in Language and Information Technology teaching

1989 BA (German) University of Bristol

Class: 2i
Dissertation: Der Deutsche Satzbau in historischer Sicht
Subsidiary: Ancient Greek

1985 A levels; O levels Colfe's school, London

French, German, Russian A levels; 10 O levels

Interests and activities
  • Digital photography - catching the urban cityscape at its best
  • Writing, producing, mixing and performing music soundscapes with spoken word performers
  • Linguistics and research into speech synthesis

Last updated: May 2017