The Trainers

Highly competent and experienced Cambridge approved teacher trainers are brought to Bangkok specifically to run the CELTA course with us. As fully trained professionals, with many years experience of ELT classroom teaching, our trainers are both authoritative and informed. The training procedure for Cambridge CELTA trainers is extremely rigorous. Not only are the trainers expected to have post-Diploma teaching experience, they are also required to have other, related industry experience. It is perhaps the personal commitment that IH trainers bring to the courses they teach however, which make them stand out; a good trainer has to be keen to continue developing themselves as trainers, has to respect their trainees and has to love their job to do it well.

 

We are proud and delighted to introduce to you, our trainers in residence:

Daniel Willcocks

Managing Director/Teacher

  • B.A. Business Studies – Swansea, UK
  • M.A. Applied Linguistics – Birmingham, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA – Paignton, Devon, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA – Cambridge, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer
  • Cambridge ESOL Oral Examiner
  • IELTS Examiner
  • MBA International Banking and Finance (pending) – Birmingham, UK

My name is Danny and I am the Managing Director at International House Bangkok setting up courses and programmes and taking care of the day to day running of the school. However, I am a teacher at heart, teaching all ages as much as I can and I also enjoy training teachers on our Cambridge CELTA courses whenever needed. I have been a teacher for 18 years in the UK, Italy and Thailand since 1997. In Thailand I have enjoyed teaching students from prestigious international schools and here happily with IH Bangkok for more than 10 years. In fact I liked it so much that I got married and my daughter Jasmine (8) comes to IH to study English for Young Learners courses as well.

I have prided myself on successfully teaching students for exams whilst at the same time having fun. We have had a 100% pass rate for Cambridge ESOL KET, PET and FCE in many, many exam sessions and also helped international school students get ‘A’s for many subjects including IGCSE English, IGCSE ESL and IGCSE business studies – I leave the other IGCSE subjects to IH Bangkok teachers who know better. I have also been very fortunate to teach a lot of talented students from Thai schools who have gone on to get the King’s scholarship, the Thai government scholarship and the Japanese government scholarship all to study abroad to a masters or doctorate level. Out of school, I enjoy following and playing sports including squash, cycling round the countryside of Thailand, swimming and cheering for Tottenham Hotspur.

Matt Parks

Matt Parks

  • BA Honours in South East Asian Studies, University of London
  • DELTA, Oxford House College, London
  • CELTA Trainer Approval, Oxford House College, London, UK

I was born in London. After completing a B.A. in South East Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, I moved to Jakarta, Indonesia where I taught at an English language school. After that, I taught English language courses in London and Istanbul before becoming involved in teacher training in 2006. In 2007 I began working as a CELTA tutor in London before moving to Thailand in 2008. My hobbies include running, playing football and reading about contemporary South East Asian history.

Barry Nonweiler

Barry Nonweiler

  • MA Honours in English and Drama, Glasgow University
  • CTEFLA, Hammersmith & West London College
  • DTEFLA, Waltham Forest College, London
  • CELTA Trainer Approval, Capital Language Academy, Wellington, New Zealand

I was born in England and educated in Ireland and Scotland. I started my teaching career as a university lecturer in English literature in Wellington and then Melbourne but I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language since 1987, first in Spain and later in London. I became a CELTA trainer in 1996 and since then, I have trained in Greece, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. I dream of having breaks between CELTA courses long enough to play the piano, to walk in mountains, to watch live performances of 17th and 20th century drama and to get back to writing fiction again. In practice, I am usually only able to spend my spare time deep inside books and trying the patience of my partner.

Tim

Tim Brown

  • BA (Hons) PPE, Oxford University, UK
  • MMUS Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
  • Trinity TESOL, Windsor Schools, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA, IH Bangkok, Thailand

My name’s Tim and I started teaching English as a foreign language in 1995, when I spent 2 years on the JET programme teaching Junior High School students. It made me realise the need for some proper training and I ended up doing the Trinity College TESOL certificate in 1999. After that I moved to Russia and spent over 10 years teaching general and business English to all levels, both groups and one to one.

I also studied music in Russia, doing a degree in vocal studies at the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music to add to my BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in the UK. I later also did an MMUS in the UK at the Royal Northern College of Music.

I extended my TEFL qualifications by taking the inaugural DELTA at IH Bangkok in 2011, which led to a job at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok followed by coming back to IH in 2014 to become a CELTA trainer.

I’m interested in teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and helping students prepare for the IELTS exam.

I love opera and ballet, which is rather rare in Bangkok, where I’ve begun to do more exercise, getting into swimming and badminton.

Oksana Semenova

  • MA in Psychology and Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Cambridge CELTA – IH Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Cambridge DELTA – IH Wroclaw, Poland
  • Observation and Giving Feedback – IH London, UK
  • Online Teaching – IHWO, UK
  • BET, CAM Trainer approval – IHWO, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Cambridge, UK

My name is Oksana and I started teaching English as a foreign language in 1999. Since then I have had experience in teaching a range of English language courses, from General English, to Business English, Soft Skills and a variety of exam classes.  I have also worked as an academic manager in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Myanmar. I have been a CELTA trainer since 2009 and worked on full time, part time and online courses in Ecuador, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand.

I joined IH Bangkok CELTA training team in January 2018 and have very much enjoyed being a part of the team since then. The best thing about working in Bangkok is the people you get to meet – colleagues, teachers and learners – from all types of backgrounds! Between the CELTA courses I enjoy teaching regular classes, which helps me to continuously reflect on my beliefs about teaching and learning as well as understand and relate to the challenges that other teachers might have.

I love learning about different cultures and spend free time escaping to the countryside and exploring Thailand.

Gosia Rogowska

  • BA TEFL, University of Bialystok, Poland
  • MA in Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
  • PgDip in Translation and Interpreting, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Cambridge Delta, IH Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • CELTA Trainer Approval, IH Bangkok, Thailand

My name is Gosia, and I originally come from Poland. Upon completing my MA in Linguistics in 2006, I moved to Ireland, where I was offered my first full time teaching job. Since then I have taught general, legal and medical English, and Cambridge exam preparation classes to virtually all levels and ages in several other countries as well: Spain, Poland, England, Scotland, and Malaysia. In the past four years I have also been involved in teacher mentoring and training. In 2017 I did my Delta at IH Chiang Mai, and a year later I joined IH Bangkok as a trainer.

When I’m not working I enjoy travelling, photography and sports. I love diving and hiking in the jungle. Closer to home, on a weekday afternoon, I like reading, learning languages, watching films, as well as swimming or Zumba.

Aleksandra Kulikova

  • BA in Teaching English and German – Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • Cambridge CELTA – Hamburg School of English, Germany
  • Cambridge DELTA – IH Seville, Spain
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer Approval – IH Almaty, Kazakhstan

My name is Alex and I started teaching English as a foreign language in 2008. Since then I’ve had experience in teaching and designing a wide range of English courses – General English, Business English, ESP and a variety of exam preparation classes. I have also worked as an academic manager in Russia and Kazakhstan, and have been involved in teacher training and mentoring since 2012.

I became a CELTA trainer in 2016 because I believe that a CELTA is the most useful and rewarding TEFL course. It prepares trainees to confidently walk into the classroom and gives them plenty of tools to use in their teaching. I remember doing my CELTA and being inspired by the trainers, and this is what I enjoy most about this job – being able to show new teachers how engaging and interesting teaching can be.

Between CELTA courses I enjoy travelling and discovering Asia, learning new languages and trying new food.

 

Adam Bejsovec

  • TESOL – Aston, Birmingham, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA – Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cambridge Delta Trainer approval, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Almaty, Kazakhstan

My name’s Adam and I’m an enthusiastic and dedicated ELT professional with expertise in teaching, teacher training and development, as well as in academic management. I did the Cambridge Delta in 2008 and got my master’s degree in TESOL. I also have a Diploma in ELT Management and I continue developing in this area (I recently completed a course in YL centre management with IH London). I love languages, linguistics and the diversity my job involves as well as having the chance to work and network with so many interesting professionals from IH, and the field in general.

My almost twenty years of teaching experience spans all age groups (from 3 y.o. to adults) and levels (pre-A1 to C2); teaching individuals as well as groups of various sizes. Apart from General English, I enjoy teaching different strands such exam classes (Cambridge Exams, IELTS, TOEFL etc.), ESP, EAP and Business English.

I’ve been tutoring on a range of courses starting from pre-service TKT, CELTA, Delta as well as courses for teaching young and very young learners (IHCYLT or IHVYL) in several European and Asian countries.  Apart from face-to-face courses I’ve been tutoring various blended and online courses including IH DoS, IH BET, IH CAM or Delta M1 & 3 courses.

I am convinced that teaching and teacher training should be done in an interactive, communicative way and in contexts which are meaningful and directly relevant to learners and teachers respectively. I strongly believe in CPD, individual approach and localisation of teaching and training while maintaining and exceeding the set standards.

My work has always been my hobby so the boundaries between my working and free time have been quite blurred. Apart from the ELT, I love cooking & even more eating, bowling, Turkish & Scandinavian literature and movies, and an occasional run and swim.