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Alexandra Squire

Alexandra Squire

TEFL Trainer

Alex holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and is CELTA certified.

"Alex specializes in learner experience, learner engagement and the development of targeted learning interventions to address any deficiencies the learners might encounter in their language acquisition cycle. "

She taught English face-to-face in Romania and China and online to learners from around the world. Her teaching experience covers General English, Business English, English for Specific Purposes and IELTS preparation. She worked with a variety of student demographics ranging from K-12 students to working professionals and corporate executives.
Alex specializes in learner experience, learner engagement and the development of targeted learning interventions to address any deficiencies the learners might encounter in their language acquisition cycle. She currently works in Chicago, IL as Learning Professional designing, developing and implementing blended learning solutions that result in positive desirable change in human performance, work processes and organizational outcomes.

Ana Cieslik

Ana Cieslik

TEFL Trainer

Ana has ten years of TEFL experience in Italy, China and England and has travelled 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.

Angie White

Angie White

TEFL Trainer

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.

Baphiwe Ncanana

Baphiwe Ncanana

TEFL Trainer

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."

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 emigrate 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.

Brian Fabian

Brian Fabian

TEFL Trainer

Brian began teaching in 2003 and is currently completing a master’s degree in applied linguistics, majoring in teaching English to speakers of other languages. He has spent 12 years teaching abroad in Russia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Thailand and has travelled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

"His advice for teachers beginning their ESL careers is to make your lessons fun and engaging and to get to know your students’ interests and language and cultural backgrounds"

Brian has taught students of all ages and from different backgrounds in language centres, high schools, and universities, and has designed and delivered teaching programs for corporate clients. His advice for teachers beginning their ESL careers is to make your lessons fun and engaging and to get to know your students’ interests and language and cultural backgrounds

Carmen van der Walt

Carmen van der Walt

TEFL Trainer

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.

Chris Padreddii

Chris Padreddii

TEFL Trainer

Chris has been teaching for over 10 years, and has worked as a Director of Studies for the past 8 years.

"My passion for grammar is the highlight of my course."

He has taught in some of the biggest companies in the world, especially in the food and drink industries and motor racing. He has recently returned to living in the UK after 8 years in Italy, and loves spending his spare time with his family and being outdoors. His passion for grammar will be the highlight of his course!

Clare Innard

Clare Innard

TEFL Trainer

Clare started teaching in Madrid after completing her CELTA in 2009. She remained there for nearly two years teaching adults, teenagers and children.

"I have found that TEFL teaching is a great way to experience other cultures"

She has found TEFL teaching a great way to experience other cultures. Clare then went on to study a modern languages degree at the University of Manchester where she taught English, while studying. She has taught on a number of intensive summer courses both in the UK and abroad.  She has also spent one year teaching in Chile which she found to be an unforgettable experience. She really enjoys teaching English and especially likes the creative side of TEFL teaching. She also really enjoys teaching grammar! Her hobbies include; playing music, swimming and reading.

Corin Patterson

Corin Patterson

TEFL Trainer

Corin has taught in the UK and Middle East for over 10 years

"I enjoy the opportunities that TEFL offers to engage with different students and cultures."

During that time, he has really enjoyed the opportunities that TEFL offers to engage with different students and cultures. He has experience working in schools as a coordinator and trainer as well as working with university students in the UK. He feels that helping students to achieve their various objectives and seeing their confidence grow is a particularly enjoyable aspect of TEFL. He hopes that through the face-to-face course, he can help the students to begin their TEFL adventure full of confidence.

Delia Ortega

Delia Ortega

TEFL Trainer

Delia Ortega was born and raised in NYC and moved to Barcelona in 2006, leaving her job as a Corporative Lawyer and College English Professor new beginnings. Following her passion for teaching, she opened her own English center in 2015, and currently serves as the founder and director of it.

"Being able to teach another human being how to communicate in a different tongue is like magic. Granting another the gift of speaking a new language makes a long-term difference in a person's life like nothing else can."

Delia found success in her students’ ability to speak English by applying a peculiar approach to learning a new language: no books! By forcing students to communicate in their own words without relying on textbooks, Delia has managed to teach over 1,000 of her students how to speak English. Her promise? You will leave her first class speaking English (even if not perfectly at first).

Her background in law and experience teaching for various Universities has given Delia the ability to tailor each course to a specific student’s needs. Whether it is preparing a businessman for an interview, or for a business meeting or presentation; helping a college student excel in an official English exam, or simply preparing a traveler with confidence for an upcoming trip overseas; Delia prides herself in knowing that she can apply pertinent content to each class.

So, why did a lawyer and businesswoman become an English teacher? You may ask. Her answer is simple: Being able to teach another human being how to communicate in a different tongue is like magic. Granting another the gift of speaking a new language makes a long-term difference in a person’s life like nothing else can. She considers making a student realize their own potential and learning that they are more resilient than they ever thought possible to be the greatest joy of teaching. “They teach me as much as I teach them”, she says.

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