Tom's Tutoring NYC

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Tom's Tutoring NYC
offers high-quality
English language
classes for expatriates
working or studying
in New York City.


Our Approach

Improve Your English

Tom's Tutoring NYC works with foreign-born business people, medical professionals, and college students to improve their English language skills. 

Our comprehensive approach teaches pronunciation, vocabulary, accent reduction, grammar, conversation, and writing skills.  We tailor each lesson to each person’s individual needs, and focus only what you need to learn.

We can help you to prepare for skills testing such as TOEFL or IELTS, or college entrance exams like the GRE, LSAT and GMAT. We offer private coaching to prepare you for job interviews and for public speaking, whether in small conference rooms or large halls.

Founded by New York entrepreneur Tom Penketh, all lessons are based on his 6 years of ESL teaching and 20 years of experience in corporate communications for finance, science, entertainment, and publishing companies. 

We understand how Americans communicate in offices, meeting rooms, and research laboratories. More importantly, we know the most effective ESL techniques to help you speak more like a fluent English speaker. 

We tutor in-person, or online via Zoom, WeChat, WhatsApp, LINE, KakaoTalk, Skype, and Google Hangouts. 

Start your lessons today!  Initial consultation is free. 


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Tom's Tutoring offers a variety of tutoring services that can help you. 

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What We Offer


Lessons Designed for You

In which areas do you need help: Pronunciation? Vocabulary? Writing? We will create a customized 'Plan of Action' for you, and evaluate your progress each month. 

Vocabulary and Grammar 

We'll help you to understand the subtle differences in meaning between English words. We pay attention to everything from professional terminology to informal local expressions (idiom/slang). 

Pronunciation and Accents

We'll teach you vocal techniques to help you to pronounce words more clearly, and communicate more effectively with colleagues, classmates, and average Americans. 

Writing and Reading

In a professional environment, you write and read constantly: emails, reports, presentations. We will teach you ways to write efficiently, and understand more comprehensively.   

Job Interview Preparation

Looking for a job?  With more than 20 years of management experience, we will prepare you for a job interview. We can also edit your professional resume / CV and cover letter. 

Public Speaking

Are you required to give reports? Speak at events? Interact with colleagues and clients? Talk on conference calls? We can help improve your speaking and increase your confidence.



All Classes Are Designed for Your Specific Requests.

We Will Help You To:

  • Improve Your Speaking, Listening, and Reading

  • Clarify Your Pronunciation and Reduce Your Accent

  • Write More Clearly

  • Learn American Vocabulary and Idiom/Slang

  • Correct Your Grammar, Including Phrasal Verbs and Tenses

  • Practice Conversation Skills

  • Learn More About American Culture

  • Gain Confidence in Public Speaking

  • Prepare for TOEFL and IELTS Tests

  • Prepare for College Exams, Including GRE, GMAT and LSAT

  • Prepare for a Job Interview

English Tutors near New York


$65 per Hour
(2-Hour Sessions Only)

Each Class Tailored to
Fit Your Specific Requirements

Meet in a Quiet Public Space
or Conference Room

Day and Evening Times

Group Rates Available


$45 per Hour
(30-Minute and 1-Hour Sessions Available)

Each Class Tailored to Fit
Your Specific Requirements

Chat via WeChat, WhatsApp, LINE,
KakaoTalk, Zoom, or Skype

Day and Evening Times

Regular Appointments Available


$75 per Hour
(1- or 2-Hour Sessions Available)

Intensive Class Includes
Mock Interview Sessions

Resume/CV and Cover Letter
Revisions Available

Day and Evening Times

Group Rates Available

We Offer On-Demand Classes on a Variety of Topics. PLUS: We Can Design Classes to Your Specifications.

Discounted Rates Available for Graduate and Undergraduate Students (with I.D.)



Meeting Times and Places

We meet where you want. We can arrange appointments for conference rooms, private offices, and quiet local cafes.

We will do our best to accommodate your schedule, but some appointment times may not be available. Scheduling in advance is encouraged. 

In-person sessions are scheduled one week in advance. A two-hour minimum is required. 

Online sessions are available via WeChat, WhatsApp, LINE, KakaoTalk, Skype, Zoom, and Google Hangouts. One- or two-hour sessions are available. 



We accept payment in cash, or via PayPal or Venmo. No personal checks, please.

All fees are due before the start of a session. Receipts provided on request. Discounts may be available for payments made in advance.


If you need to cancel or postpone your session, please notify us 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, you may be charged a cancellation fee. 


About Tom

New York native Tom Penketh has over 20 years of experience as an editor, copywriter, and journalist.

He wrote for publications at Nielsen and Meredith, worked with financial research at Alliance Bernstein and TIAA-CREF, and edited medical journals at Reed Elsevier. 

Tom taught English at NYC's International Center for more than six years. He helped students from Asia, Europe, and Africa to improve their conversation, writing, and pronunciation skills.

In 2016, he started Tom's Tutoring NYC to teach ESL to adults full time. 

Tom is a top organizer for, hosting three to four NYC events every week which help expatriates practice speaking English. His Meetup groups have more than 10,000 members combined.

In between trips to Taiwan to visit their extended family, Tom and his wife live on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn, NY.

Tom is very professional. He adapts the classes to your needs and helps you to gain confidence. I will keep working with Tom even after I return home.
— Sara from Barcelona, Spain


Tom has been one of the best things that happened to me in NYC. He helped me to prepare for TOEFL and so much more. He is an amazing teacher and an incredible person!
— Nieves from Madrid, Spain
My conversation ability is soaring with Tom’s help. He has taught me much about American culture, language and history. Tom is good-natured and patient. It’s been a pleasure to work with him.
— Zitong from Beijing, China
Tom is an terrific tutor. He helped me to improve my conversation skills and my knowledge of American grammar, idiom and vocabulary. Plus, he has an great sense of humor, which makes the classes fun!
— Alessandra from Alpestre, Brazil
Tom is a great listener. If I do not understand a word, he finds a clear way to explain it. I’ve learned so much from him.
— Chayanit from Bangkok, Thailand
Before I started working with Tom, I dreaded speaking with my NYC clients. But now I feel much more confident at work. Thank you, Tom!
— Manuel from Veracruz, Mexico
Tom helped me prepare for the GRE. He makes complex topics easy to understand. In particular, my writing has improved 100%. A terrific teacher!
— Kyoka from Hiroshima, Japan

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