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.

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

Barry was born in England and educated in Ireland and Scotland. He started his teaching career as a university lecturer in English literature in Wellington and then Melbourne but he has been teaching English as a foreign language since 1987, first in Spain and later in London. He became a CELTA trainer in 1996 and since then, he has trained in Greece, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. He dreams 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, he is usually only able to spend his spare time deep inside books and trying the patience of his partner.

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

Matt 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, he moved to Jakarta, Indonesia where he taught at an English language school. He taught English language courses around the globe before becoming involved in teacher training in 2005. He began working as a CELTA tutor in 2006. Matt’s hobbies include running, playing football and supporting Spurs. “After completion of a Cambridge CELTA course, you’ll feel like you have the tools to give you confidence whoever you teach and wherever you teach,” says Matt. “That’s why I enjoy running the course so much, it meets the trainees’ needs so well.”

Tim Brown

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

Tim did most of his teaching in Moscow, Russia, but has also worked at Leicester University, Uk and Chulalongkorn university, Bangkok. He was one of the first people to study the DELTA at IH Bangkok and later trained up as CELTA trainer at the same centre. He loves music and his home town Bath, which he always enjoys returning to.

Gary Steven

  • MA English Literature and Philosophy- Glasgow, UK
  • MPhil Creative Writing
  • Cambridge CELTA- Krakow, Poland
  • Cambridge DELTA- Budapest, Hungary
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Cambridge, UK

My name is Gary and I got into teaching through a desire to live abroad and see as much of the world as I could. This has allowed me to travel to and live in a range of countries in Europe and Asia. I’ve spent more than ten years getting to know different places and after starting in Asia, spending a long time in Europe, I’m now happy to try Asia again.

Along the way, I discovered that teaching was something I enjoyed and that I could be good at. I’ve taught young children, teens and adults but the teaching I’ve found most rewarding is preparing adults for exams or university students for academic study. I’ve been lucky to have colleagues from around the world and great training courses provided by schools in the IH World network (one to one teaching, younger learners teaching, and language awareness courses). Eventually, that led to me taking the Cambridge DELTA in Hungary and becoming a CELTA tutor a short time later.

Since then, I’ve trained teachers in Hungary, Spain, France and Thailand. I like to encourage an approach where the teacher’s agenda acts as a platform for ‘helping people to communicate’. I think learners are happiest and most successful when they are encouraged and supported in expressing something of themselves in the second language.

When I’m not training or teaching, I like to spend time with a good book, learning more about history, science or language.

Diana Vaselenko

  • B.A. English Language Teaching. Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • M.A. English and French Translation, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • IHCTL, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • IH CAM, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • IH CYLT Kyiv, Ukraine
  • IH DoS Course (online), IHWO
  • Cambridge Delta, Wroclaw, Poland
  • Cambridge English Speaking Examiner, Cambridge UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer Approval, Cambridge, UK

My name’s Diana and I’ve been working in ELT for over eight years as a teacher, ELT manager and teacher trainer. I started my teaching career with International House Kharkiv and later spent six years with International House Kyiv as a teacher and Director of Studies.

Before becoming a teacher I obtained BA and MA degrees in English and French Language Teaching and Translation and spent two years in the USA in a Master’s of Arts program in English Language and Literature. So I have a passion for learning foreign languages, linguistics and literature.

During the years I spent with the International House network I obtained the following certificates: IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology, IH Certificate in Teaching Younger Learners and Teenagers, and completed the IH Director of Studies course. I completed my Delta with IH Wroclaw in 2013 and I’ve also been a Cambridge Examiner since 2012.

As a teacher trainer I’ve worked on CELTA courses in Ukraine, Poland, Lebanon and China and I’m very excited and enthusiastic to have joined IH Bangkok/Chiang Mai as I’ve always been passionate about travelling and working with people from other countries.

Language learning and teaching have been my hobby for many years now, but I’m also interested in art and I love travelling. I believe that all of my interests combined make me a better language teacher and teacher trainer.

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.

Percy Hales

  • BA Honours, Philosophy and English, University of York
  • CTEFLA Bell School, Bowthorpe Hall, Norwich
  • DTEFLA IH Sahafayeen, Cairo
  • CTEFLA Trainer Approval IH Sahafayeen, Cairo

Percy was born in the South of England, raised in the East and educated in the North. He began teaching in 1985 and has worked abroad since 1987. Since becoming a trainer in 1992 he has delivered CELTA/CTEFLA courses in Egypt, Cyprus, Thailand, Australia, India, Bangladesh, and Qatar. In his free time he sings folk songs, reads, tries to write, and watches Rugby Union. He’s grown out of specific ambitions, but would like to go up country in Ethiopia, and visit Latin America.

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