Teacher Profiles

Lynne Roberts, Academic Manager

Lynne Roberts

Lynne's TEFL journey began by teaching French to English ex-pats.

"Listen to your students, address their needs and SMILE"

She quickly realized teaching was something she loved and returned to the UK to get TEFL qualified. Twenty years later and she still LOVES it! Since then she has worked in the UK, France, Spain, Taiwan, Barbados & Antigua and says she’s taught more nationalities and ages than she could possibly list. Her advice to new teachers is to listen to your students, address their needs and SMILE!

"Listen to your students, address their needs and SMILE"

Jenny Hardacre, Course Development Manager

Jenny Hardacre

Jenny started teaching in 1982, and was initially surprised to find that she really enjoyed teaching!

"My first job was in Turkey where I discovered how fascinating it is to live in another country."

She was surprised to find English grammar really interesting. Her first job was in Turkey and there she discovered how fascinating it is to live in another country – quite different from being a tourist. After Turkey she worked in Greece and Spain, the Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia. She came back to the UK in 1990 and worked for a year teaching ESL to immigrants, which she loved. Apart from work she enjoys walking, cooking, gardening, reading and current affairs. She has plenty of advice for new teachers, but thinks the most important thing is to take a genuine interest in your students. It's much easier to teach people effectively when you know a bit about them - and much easier to learn from someone who really cares about your progress.

"My first job was in Turkey where I discovered how fascinating it is to live in another country."

Brendon Albertson, Senior TEFL Trainer

Brendon Albertson

Brendon earned an MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Central Connecticut State University, and has been teaching English as a Second Language for 8 years in China, South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

"My one piece of advice for future EFL teachers is that when you teach a language, you're not just teaching others knowledge; you're guiding them in the development of a skill"

His students have included adult business people, high school and college students, kindergarten and elementary school children, and immigrants living in Boston.  In addition to teaching abroad, Brendon volunteered on organic rice farms in Japan, joined a dance group with security guards in Southern China, and learned to make kimchi in Korea.  

Recently, Brendon was the lead teacher at a non-profit organization assisting immigrants with finding employment and college opportunities in the Boston area, and he currently teaches at a private international high school just outside Boston.  

Brendon is passionate about teaching students how to learn on their own, and enjoys helping new teachers find their own strengths and teaching style.  He speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and enjoys learning about how students' native languages influence their ideas and personality.  

His one piece of advice for future EFL teachers is that when you teach a language, you're not just teaching others knowledge; you're guiding them in the development of a skill.  Brendon would like to encourage everyone to try teaching EFL abroad, as you can learn so much at the same time!

"My one piece of advice for future EFL teachers is that when you teach a language, you're not just teaching others knowledge; you're guiding them in the development of a skill"

Elizabeth Mahony, Senior Trainer

Elizabeth Mahony

Liz has been involved in the theory and practice of TEFL education for over 22 years.

"Over the years, I have built up substantial experience teaching in all areas of TEFL and ESOL."

Her career started in Spain in 1991, where her first teaching job was in a small primary school teaching English to children. With no knowledge of the business it was trial and error; however, she loved the job, after returning to England, became TEFL qualified. Over the years she has built up substantial experience teaching in all areas of TEFL and ESOL, including classroom-based teaching, 1:1, asylum seekers and working abroad in language and secondary schools, sharing expertise with colleagues in schools in the UK, Europe and the Caribbean. Liz is our busiest tutor, teaching 5 courses a month with us and is known for her great sense of humor.

"Over the years, I have built up substantial experience teaching in all areas of TEFL and ESOL."

Judy Alden, Senior Trainer

Judy Alden

Judy has 16 years of experience teaching EFL/ESL.

"I have a keen interest in supporting both new and experienced teachers"

Judy Alden has taught English as a Foreign Language for over 16 years around the globe (Asia, Europe and North America) to young children, teenagers and adult learners from absolute beginner to advance EFL students in a wide range of contexts. As a teacher trainer, she has a keen interest in supporting both new and experienced teachers so they can strategically assist their non-native English speaking students with their language learning process. Judy is also involved with the writing of English language assessments from A1 to C2 CEFR levels with an internationally recognized language assessment provider.

"I have a keen interest in supporting both new and experienced teachers"

Wikus Van Rensburg, Senior Trainer

Wikus Van Rensburg

Wikus has been working with students for a long time. While he was studying translation he hosted a movie club at an elementary school and that was only the beginning.

"I started my ESL career working in South Korea."

After graduating he worked in South Korea where he started his ESL career. South Africa followed and China was next. Realising that he could offer much to learners he returned to South Africa to edutain and empower learners. He enjoys sleeping, art, coffee and of course hamburgers, and he still cant eat with chopsticks without making a mess of things.

 

"I started my ESL career working in South Korea."

Ana Cieslik, TEFL Trainer

Ana Cieslik

Ana has ten years of TEFL experience in Italy, China and England and has traveled around Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland and Germany.

"I was the English voice on some English language course recordings whilst working in China."

Whilst in China she even appeared on a TV show and was the English voice on some English language course recordings. She began teaching EFL as she was keen to return to Italy after spending time there. After qualifying she found a position in the south of Italy and with experience gained there, she was able to secure employment in China. She then returned to Italy and has now settled in England. She loves visiting new places, the Italian language and culture.

"I was the English voice on some English language course recordings whilst working in China."

Angie White, TEFL Trainer

Angie White

Yuri (Angie) White currently serves as the Assistant Director of Studies at EC Language Centre; Los Angeles. As the ADOS, she has implemented a reflective observation model which promotes professional development and reflective teaching.

"I love being a TEFL trainer because I remember what it was like taking the first step towards a career in EFL"

In addition, Angie mentors teachers in areas of lesson planning, materials development and how to teach writing. Prior to her current role, Angie spent 9 years in South Korea as an English teacher, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer focusing on methods for teaching writing. Angie loves being a TEFL trainer because she remembers what it was like taking the first step towards a career in EFL. She enjoys teaching EFL methodology and sharing her experiences teaching overseas with her students. Angie has presented at numerous conferences and delivered many workshops and presentations focusing on writing and various EFL topics.

"I love being a TEFL trainer because I remember what it was like taking the first step towards a career in EFL"

Baphiwe Ncanana, TEFL Trainer

Baphiwe Ncanana

Baphiwe started teaching back in university when everyone was struggling with Financial Accounting except for her. She started tutoring friends and when they started seeing progress, they would tell their friends about her.

"Baphiwe says the key to her success as a teacher is that she just loves people and helping people understand things."

Baphiwe started teaching back in university when everyone was struggling with Financial Accounting except for her. She started tutoring friends and when they started seeing progress, they would tell their friends about her. The best part was that moment when the lightbulb would come on. The glow in their eyes when something that seemed so foreign now looked slightly clearer, was pure joy.

Having never travelled further than 60km away from home, Baphiwe decided going to China to officially kickstart her teaching career would be a fantastic idea. She was right. She taught kids aged 3 to 18 at one of the biggest language schools in China. She enjoyed listening to their stories, discussing the history of culture with them, and mostly seeing them become more confident in the four major English learning areas, reading, speaking, writing and listening.

Baphiwe worked in Istanbul, Turkey after that and then settled in Kobe, Japan for two years. In Japan she worked at a language school, teaching mainly Business English. It was as challenging as it was fun. Many of the students were already fluent and were getting ready to immigrate or to attend conferences where the language would be English.

Baphiwe says the key to her success as a teacher is that she just loves people and helping people understand things.

"Baphiwe says the key to her success as a teacher is that she just loves people and helping people understand things."

Carmen van der Walt, TEFL Trainer

Carmen van der Walt

Carmen has been working in a variety of educational settings for almost 7 years.

"Teachers should adapt to the students’ way of learning and not vice versa."

From working with South African students with anxiety disorders and learning difficulties, to working in China as an ESL and kindergarten educator and volunteering as a teacher in rural areas within Malawi. Working with different students with diverse cultures, beliefs, backgrounds and physical and mental abilities enabled her to incorporate the above experiences into a holistic teaching approach. Her belief is that education is vital to bring forth positive change to the world.

"Teachers should adapt to the students’ way of learning and not vice versa."

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