About Your Teacher

Sherene

Hi I’m Sherene.

After several years in Australia working in hospitality management I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. I completed a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and returned to the UK.

I have taught a variety of levels (A2-C1), and age groups (young learners, teenagers and adults) in both Spain and the UK. I am also experienced in Trinity exam preparation.

When designing lessons, in addition to coursebook materials I use authentic texts and my own resources. My creative and student-focused approach to language education make for engaging lessons with a variety of focuses.

This is in part due to the fact that I have studied both Spanish and Italian. I use my own personal language learning experience to create lessons tailored to the needs of the students, with a strong focus on speaking.

I pride myself on being a great listener with a reputation for building rapport with people from a variety of backgrounds.


Tricia

Hi! My name is Tricia and I’m a friendly, encouraging, patient and fully qualified CELTA teacher.

My background is in Fine Art (BA) and Arts Policy (MA). So as well as a being an artist interested
in different cultures, I have nearly 8 years’ experience teaching English to international students of
all ages and abilities.

I understand and can relate to how difficult it can be to learn a new language, particularly in a new country. This is because I have travelled extensively, learned French and I’m currently learning Spanish. With this in mind, I like to make my lessons comfortable, yet fun, challenging and, most importantly, relevant to you.

Every student’s needs, learning style and pace is different. As such, I make sure that our lessons are specific to your requirements. This will often mean making effective use of grammar books, and lots of verbal communication and interaction. Topics I’ve covered include culture and art, creative experiences available in London, as well as job and industry-specific subject matters.

Whether it’s been working in schools, giving private lessons, or teaching corporate workshops, my students learn and improve their English skills. I take great pride and pleasure in helping and seeing my students achieve their goals.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to meeting you!


Karen

Hi I’m Karen. Having spent 14 years in Investment Banking, I made the life changing decision to re-train as a CELTA teacher in 2010.

After a short stint teaching in London, I moved to Costa Rica where I taught working professionals business and general English.  Passionate about teaching adults, I use my work experience and teaching ability to motivate and encourage learners from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential.   I am a meticulous planner, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills committed to professional and personal excellence.

I am a very encouraging and patient teacher who takes time to get to know her students linking their hobbies and interests to their learning.  Experienced in teaching both mixed nationalities and mono-lingual groups, I take a flexible approach to teaching and would admit I learn as much from my students as they do from me.

To date I have taught a diverse group of people from different cultural, economical and educational backgrounds spanning the continents of Europe, Asia, America and Africa where possible encouraging all nationalities to work together and help each other.  I have lived abroad twice in culturally diverse places where I have worked effectively in initially unfamiliar surroundings whilst remaining focused on my overall aims and the aims of those I have worked with.  I also appreciate how hard it is to learn and become proficient in a new language.

I believe it’s never too late to change or learn something new, indeed I am a living example!


Emily Stallard

Hello, I’m Emily and I’m from Bristol in the west of England. I started Orchid English in 2012 in order to provide excellent English classes in London at a reasonable price. It’s been a great experience. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful students and teachers and learned a lot.

A bit about my background: I graduated from University College London with a degree in linguistics. Then I completed my Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) in Budapest.

Living in Paris I trained professionals in several large French companies. Before this I taught business and general English to adults in Tokyo, and worked for an international language school in Naples.

In the past I studied French and Japanese, and my current challenge is learning Spanish. I feel that it is very useful for language trainers to learn other languages. This is so the trainers are aware of the challenges faced when learning another language, different learning styles and how it feels to be on the other side of the desk.


Katherine

Hello, my name is Katherine, and I come from Cardiff in South Wales.

I have a joint honours degree in French and Information Science, and I am currently studying for a Masters degree in Educational Management in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Added to this I have a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and a qualification in teaching literacy to English speakers.

I have about nine years of teaching experience, working with students of many nationalities and at all levels, from complete beginner to very advanced. I have taught in Cardiff, and I spent four years in Paris, teaching groups and individuals from large multi-national companies across a range of industry sectors.

I also have considerable experience of teaching students from Asia- Japan, China, South Korea and Vietnam, and am familiar with typical language and communication strengths and weaknesses, and employ the “disciplines” of language- speaking, listening, reading and writing, to overcome any language issues.

Prior to teaching I worked at the BBC in television and radio, and as such I have a keen interest in communication and the cultural context, understanding of the press and media, and using these forms of communication to improve and develop the student’s English.

My classes are dynamic and motivational, structured according to the individual needs of each student, but I also believe in variety of materials and methods, demonstrating how flexible and accessible English can be, both inside and outside the classroom.


Honami

Hello, my name is Honami. I am an international management practitioner of 30 years’ standing with particular expertise in cross-border project management and global business development. I hold a BSc in Mathematics and Economics and have an MBA from Henley Business School.

Since I moved from my native Japan to the UK in the late 1970s, I have spent most of my career in the rapidly expanding IT field, initially in the international civil engineering sector, before moving over to financial services in 1986, shortly before the deregulation of the London stock market.

Over the years, I have been involved in many information technology projects globally, from a hospital infrastructure development in the Middle East, through implementation of a peer-to- peer network system linking 60 stock brokers across Malaysia for automated reporting to the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, to management of a global financial transformation project for a US energy company in Washington DC.

Having made a gradual transition from technical roles to more commercial functions, I have held a series of senior positions with some of the well-known financial application vendors and in the late 1990s, owned and managed a specialist software house providing the investment banking communities in Europe and Asia with risk based capital reporting systems.

Eventually divesting the business to a major US technology services provider in 2000, I joined the European corporate development team of a Fortune 500 organisation, where I was responsible for identifying acquisition and joint-venture opportunities and managing changes associated with the consolidation process outside North America.

Over the last ten years, I have shifted my focus more onto people development, sharing my business and management experience to help executives and professionals develop their skills in a practical manner. My learning facilitation style is therefore very focused and hands-on, which has been appreciated by the participants of my past programmes.

At Orchid English, I combine my knowledge, skills and experience in international business to provide professionals with the accelerated learning opportunity to acquire business skills for the global market.


All teachers at Orchid English are friendly, energetic and love teaching English. We work hard to make our classes interesting and fun for our students so that they maintain their motivation.

Our teachers use communicative language teaching. This is a modern approach to language learning which emphasises speaking and listening in real-life situations.

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