Tom's Tutoring NYC

Tom's Tutoring NYC offers high-quality ESL classes to expatriates working or studying in New York City.

We Are ESL Professionals


Our Approach

Improve Your English Today  

Based in New York City, Tom's Tutoring specializes in working with foreign-born business people, medical professionals, and college students who want to improve their English language skills. 

Our comprehensive approach teaches pronunciation, vocabulary, accent reduction, grammar, conversation, and writing skills.  We can help you to prepare for TOEFL or IELTS, and college entrance exams such as GRE and GMAT. 

Founded by New York entrepreneur Tom Penketh, all lessons are based on his 6 years of ESL teaching and 20 years of corporate experience in financial, medical, 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 like a native New Yorker. 

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

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 similar English words. We pay particular attention to terminology and informal 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.   

Editing Services Available

Resumes and Cover Letters

Looking for a job?  Tom has more than 20 years of management experience. For a one-time fee, Tom will personally edit your professional resume / CV and cover letter. 

Proofreading and Copy Editing

Need help with a document? We will edit or proofread your presentation, essay, report, or dissertation. 



In Tutoring Sessions,  You Will:

  • Prepare for TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC Tests

  • Improve Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing

  • Clarify Pronunciation and Reduce Accent

  • Better Understand Vocabulary and Idiom/Slang

  • Correct Your Grammar, Including Phrasal Verbs

  • Practice Conversation Skills

  • Learn More About American Culture

  • Gain Confidence in Public Speaking

English Tutors near New York


$60 per Hour
(2-Hour Sessions Only)

Day and Evening Times

Meet in a Quiet
Public Space

Discount Rates for
College Students with I.D.


$25 per Person per Hour
(Min. 3 People; 2-Hour Sessions)

Day and Evening Times

Meet in a Quiet
Public Space

Discount Rates for
College Students with I.D.

$40 per Hour
(1- or 2-Hour Sessions Available)

Day and Evening Times

Chat via Skype, Google Hangouts,
WeChat, LINE, or WhatsApp

Discount Rates for
College Students with I.D.



Meeting Times and Places

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



We accept payment in cash, via PayPal or Venmo. All fees are due before the start of a session. Receipts provided on request. 


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 twenty years of experience as an editor, marketing 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.

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

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



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
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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 helped me prepare for both TOEFL and GRE. He makes complex topics easy to understand. A terrific teacher!
— Dev from Dehli, India
Tom is a patient teacher. He makes the learning process easy and fun. I am so happy we have had the chance to work together.
— Tiffany from Beijing, China

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