Our English teachers have interesting stories to tell from places they’ve been to, where they taught English before to why they love what they do! Read about it all here and get to know them better. Who knows maybe you even have something in common.
After completing a degree in English literature I spent some time in the Middle East, improving my childhood Arabic and teaching English in a secondary school. Then on my return to England I spent the next 10 years teaching English on the south coast in the summer, and the n in various schools in central London. I finally settled in Ealing and have been happily working for WLES for not too far off 20 years.
I love words, and think of myself as a would-be writer. I guess I’m too busy preparing and giving lessons, and then marking students’ work to get pen on paper too often. But my flat is lined with well-thumbed books, and if you ask me for my idea of a happy day is would be to sit in the sunshine with a book of poetry in my hand, and lovely words in my head.
After originally studying Fine Art, I sort of fell into teaching English accidentally in 2004 – and I’m still doing it now more than ten years later! I’ve had three years of experience teaching in Italy and I taught children for a short time in Japan. I enjoy teaching because I get a sense of satisfaction from helping people in a real way. It’s also less boring than being stuck behind a desk!
Outside of work, I mostly enjoy taking photographs – often of things other people would consider rubbish: derelict buildings and dirty pavements. See some of my photos here, I also read a lot of books. I don’t have any favourite authors or genres. I’ll read anything as long as it’s good! I like cinema too but I don’t get the opportunity to go as regularly as I would like.
I started teaching in the tiny, sunny island of Malta in 2012 during the summer holidays while I was at university. I moved to the UK in late 2014 and started teaching at WLES in January 2015. Like most Maltese people, I speak quite a few languages: in addition to my native Maltese and English, I also speak Italian and a little bit of German.
I started learning the violin when I was 6 years old, and enjoy classical music to this day. Whenever you see me on the Tube with my earphones, you can assume I’m listening to some Beethoven symphony or a Tchaikovsky overture. I also enjoy watching football, although I have never been any good at it!
Eddy da Silva
Following the completion of a Diploma in Public Services Interpreting in 2008, I was challenged to try out English teaching and I immediately fell in love with teaching. Having studied English as a second language in the further education system in London myself, I gained an invaluable insight into the difficulties foreign students face when learning English as a second language in an English speaking environment.
I have been teaching English in various schools in London since 2010 when I completed my CELTA certificate. I went on to completing my DELTA qualification in December 2015. Teaching challenges me to be creative, nurturing and most of all patient whilst ensuring that learning takes place in a well-paced, fun atmosphere.
In my free time, I enjoy getting to know different cultures through seeing films from all over the world, and travelling as much as possible. I also enjoy photography, reading a good book, and socialising with friends.
It all began in 2004 when I was asked to teach English to a friend’s son. Shortly after that, I found myself studying English linguistics, literature and TEFL at university. After my graduation, I worked at a primary school and then at different language schools in Budapest, Hungary. I moved to London in 2014 and I started teaching in WLES in August 2015. I am a friendly, open-minded and supportive teacher whose aim is to create an inviting environment where students feel comfortable, get inspired and are happy to improve their language skills.
As I am a teacher, learning goes with the territory, so I have always enjoyed exploring new skills. Not long after getting my English degree I qualified as a tour guide. In my free time I love travelling and meeting people from all over the world. I am also interested in Yoga, Pilates, psychology, modern art, theatre and art house movies.
Teaching has always been more than just a profession for me. I graduated as a teacher of English in 2004 and since then I have been teaching English to children and adults from very young learners to professionals, preparing them for different Cambridge exams and other international exams such as IELTS, TOEFL iBT, TOEIC. Most of them are now studying in English-speaking countries and are good friends of mine.
I settled in London in October 2014 and finished my CertTESOL in June 2015. Studying and teaching English as a second language and studying English and American Literature always got on well together and in March 2016 I finished my Master in English Literature, Arts and Informatics in Tor Vergata University, in Rome, Italy.
There is a saying by Khalil Gibran which inspires and motivates me in my everyday teaching: “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” This explains why I want my students to think outside the box, to be creative and feel comfortable during my classes. This is why I consider my class as a team, working together to achieve our target that is learning English in the best way possible.
I am fluent in Italian and I can also speak a little bit of Spanish. I enjoy writing and I am working on having my first book of poems published soon.