These are just some of the people who work at English Plus. Everyone we work with is experienced in their field and has worked with international students.
Academic CoordinatorKaren Ward has been involved in EFL and working with international students since leaving Oxford University in 1992. Karen has been involved in teaching and teacher training in Indonesia, The Czech Republic, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Greece and Japan. In 2012, Karen finally returned to hear home town of Prestatyn in North Wales. Karen is qualified with a PGCE (high school teaching certificate), and the Cambridge DELTA qualification for EFL teachers. ''I am passionate about North Wales and really want to show visitors what a beautiful part of Britain this is'' ''For English classes, I want every student to learn English that they can use. We have a strong emphasis on speaking and pronunciation because we want to make the connection between the English in the classroom and the English that people use in daily life.''
Finance and Accommodation CoordinatorKath spent her childhood in Singapore and then spent 25 years running a successful business in Wales before she became involved in hosting and coordinating international students. It was a chance encounter with an old friend that introduced Kath to hosting students. Her two daughters have since grown up interacting with students from around the world; something that Kath believes has been of great benefit to them in their careers. Kath still enjoys hosting and values the enthusiasm and energy that students bring to her home. Over the past five years Kath has taken on responsibility for checking and organising homestay accommodation in the area and is always happy to hear from people interested in hosting international students. Kath is committed to putting student welfare first and is always on hand when a student or group leader needs assistance. "People often ask me if l speak the local language of the students. When I say no, they ask how we communicate. Firstly the students are here to improve on their English and the majority are keen to do this. Secondly, talking slowly and clearly is a must - and being good at Charades is a bonus!"
TeacherIt is fair to say that Richard has always had the travel bug. In his visits to Asia, Scandinavia and Australia, Richard developed a love of and enthusiasm for different cultures and traditions. Leaving a former career selling vinyl records, Richard decided to find a new role working with students from around the world. He has a degree in English and he did his English language teacher training (CELTA) in Chester. He has been teaching international teens and adults for the past five years. Richard is know for his enthusiastic teaching style and unusual sense of humour. He works very hard to help his students learn is particularly interested in English grammar and in using role play in the classroom. "I enjoy lessons where students really get involved and have fun. I also make sure that students learn about the UK when they are here and enjoy working with learners in the classroom, but also on excursions and cultural tours."
TeacherJoe did his first teaching in Jamaica in 1970 as a VSO Sports Teacher. He returned to the UK, caught the surfing bug and spent 3 years chasing the waves in the UK and Europe. After an injury, retrained and pursued a career in IT in the UK and Canada, rising to be IT Manager for Western Star Trucks in British Columbia, Canada. Joe has a Masters degree in Computer Science and on returning to the UK taught again at Salford University as a Lecturer in Multimedia and Networks. After 10 years of academia, Joe studied for a Trinity Cert. TESOL in 2006 and has been teaching groups and individuals since in the UK, Italy, the Czech Republic and Ireland. “In role plays, exercises, presentation skills and drama, I like to promote a sense of fun and to challenge my students to think on their feet and deploy their English so that they enjoy their stay in the UK. ‘Confidence through interaction’ is my main teaching aim”.
Drama TeachersRob and Julie Armstrong are our very popular drama teachers. They have been performing and teaching drama for thirty years and have worked in higher education, community groups, schools and in professional theatre. Rob and Julie are avid travellers and love working with students from other countries. Their drama workshops are suitable for anybody and everybody. "The idea is to get students moving, interacting and expressing themselves in the best way they can - and to have fun!"