About the Botanical Linguist


AngelaHello 🙂

Thank you for visiting the The Botanical Linguist – I’m very glad you have.

I’m Angela Boothroyd, a teacher and linguist who specializes in helping non-native English speakers like you to become independent and active English language learners.

I show you how to become responsible for your own language learning so you can spend less money on English lessons, and I help you to grow your English to the best it can be.


Some formal stuff…

♦ I’m a qualified teacher and qualified ESOL specialist. I have an MA in Online and Distance Education, and an MEd in Applied Linguistics.

♦ I’ve been teaching English face-to-face for approximately 11 years, and I’ve been combining that with teaching online for about seven years.

♦ I teach adult students from many different backgrounds and cultures and I’ve taught people from all over the world.


You might be wondering “why ‘The Botanical Linguist’?” Well, here’s my story and how I can help you…


Bee by Leyton ParkerThe Botanical Linguist  is the joining of three things:

  • my interest in everything related to language and linguistics;
  • my love of learning, and my desire to teach and pass on the things I’ve learnt to those who need and can use that knowledge;
  • my love of plants and gardens and all things botanical.

Many years ago (nearly thirty!), I started working as a volunteer tutor helping adult native-English speakers learn to read and write.

I saw just how important literacy is and what a massive difference being able to read and write makes to people’s lives.

From this work I went on to help non-native English speakers learn English.

Butterfly by Leyton ParkerI know from experience that there are many different types of learners, with unique goals, who will take different paths through education.

My daughters went to school and college, but my teenage son is currently home-educated and that suits him very well.

After college, my eldest daughter chose to successfully build her career via employment, and my youngest daughter chose to go on to study for a degree, a Master’s degree, and now a PhD.

As for me, well I left school and home aged 16 and with very few academic qualifications. It wasn’t until many years later, when I had two small daughters, that I started studying for my degree with the UK Open University.

And when I passed my degree I went on to take two Master’s degrees and my teaching qualifications – by that time I had three children and a job to juggle too 😉

So you see, I understand how difficult it can be to learn something new when you have other commitments such a family and work.

I understand that we all have our own learning path to follow, and our unique path in life, and that very often all we need to achieve the best that we can be is the knowledge and support to build that path and achieve our goals.

And I also know it’s never  too late to learn something new. And that there’s nearly always time in the day for a little learning.


The Botanical Linguist

Flower by Leyton ParkerAfter teaching English face-to-face for a few years, about seven years ago I set up my own business (formerly Studying Online) as an online English teacher.

I love old botany books, especially the beautiful drawings and paintings of plants from around the world. And when I researched my family history I discovered all sorts of information linking my family to botany – including the fact that in 1920 my grandfather’s brother was treasurer of the Liverpool Botanical Society, and some of his field work contributed to a published botany book.

It seemed to me that I inherited my love of plants and flowers from various family members 🙂


Learning English is like growing a garden


Botanical and gardening metaphors for learning English

Seedling by Leyton ParkerThe seeds you plant are the basic elements of English you learn when you first start learning English.

You nurture and grow these seeds to become sturdy shoots, and then strong healthy plants: the basic elements of English grow from phonemes and morphemes, to words, phrases and clauses; from basic to complex sentences; and from elementary to accomplished and confident language skills.

As the Botanical Linguist, I show you how to become an English language gardener so that you can grow your accuracy and fluency in English.

I show you how to use the resources that are already available to you, and I provide you with a helping hand and the lessons and knowledge you need to learn English.


My business values and mission

Watering can by Leyton ParkerI believe that everyone who wants to learn English should have access to professional and affordable learning materials and teaching and, just as importantly, should have the knowledge and skills to be able to be an active learner – to be someone who understands their best ways to learn, who has good study skills, and who knows how to find, organize and use good-quality resources for their language learning.

My mission is to provide you with the lessons, tools, resources, skills and knowledge you need to become a successful, active and independent English language learner.


If you’d like to know more about the person behind the website, here are a few random and miscellaneous things about me/about the Botanical Linguist


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