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!


Donna

Hi my name is Donna and, before becoming an English teacher, I was an IT Training Consultant in the corporate world. I taught students from many different industries, as well as from different countries.I really enjoyed it for many years, but I grew tired of IT.

Languages and teaching are my main passions, so I decided to gain my CertTESOL and start teaching English as a foreign language. I love it! It’s much more rewarding than my previous work.

I always tailor the lessons according to students’ needs.  This can mean using a variety of material, including newspaper articles, worksheets, text books, video clips etc. I like to think that I am encouraging and patient.

I have many interests, including travel both within the UK and abroad. I also enjoy going to the theatre, cinema and to art exhibitions.

Surrey outside London is where I’m based; I cover this area and also Maidenhead and Slough.


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: Business Skills Trainer

Hello, my name is Honami, and I lead business skills workshops at Orchid English. I am an international management practitioner with particular expertise in cross-border project management and global business development. I hold a BSc in Mathematics and Economics and an MBA from Henley Business School.

Since moving 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.

Over the last ten years, I have shifted my focus onto people development, sharing my business and management experience to help executives and professionals develop their business skills. My style is very focused and hands-on.

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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