Adrian originates from Edmonton, but has lived mostly in Victoria or Vancouver, and in UK as a child (he has two passports). He completed his TESL training (Cambridge CELTA) in 2013. Before that, he worked for the pharmaceutical industry in clinical trials! He loves teaching English and meeting people from other countries. Adrian enjoys watching films, drawing, eating, travelling, running, and working out at the gym.
Adrian's language tip: "Always pronounce the "s" at the end of plural nouns (for example, "I own two cars") or 3rd person singular simple present verbs (for example, "He cooks and she eats") and you will sound more like a native speaker immediately!"
Audrey has her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of British Columbia, as well as a diploma in Personnel Management – Business Administration from BCIT. She is TESL certified and has also been a TOEIC Administrator. After a long career in human resources in Vancouver and Toronto, Audrey is now very happy to be back in BC and teaching ESL and Business English in Victoria. She has travelled to many places worldwide, and her all-time favourite place is Vietnam!
Audrey’s language learning tip is: “When practicing your R’s, remember to purse your lips, and pretend you’re going to ‘kiss a monkey’!”.
Brennan has a Bachelor's Degree in Arts with honours in Psychology, and also has his TEFL Certification. He has taught in China as well as Eastern Canada (Nova Scotia). Brennan's hobbies are playing guitar, riding his bike around Victoria, and watching horror movies!
Brennan's English learning tip is: "Have an open mind and be ready to try, even if you're apprehensive. Our school environment is very supportive and we will help to guide you".
Cara is from the interior of British Columbia, Canada, and she graduated from the University of Victoria. She also has her TESL Certification. Cara enjoys hiking and camping! She wants to travel more abroad, but loves to travel and explore Vancouver Island in her free time.
Cara's English learning tip is: "Don't be afraid to speak, and ask as many questions as you need to."
David has a Bachelor's degree in Pacific and Asian Studies from the University of Victoria, during which time he spent a year as an exchange student at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Upon graduation, David returned to Japan and spent the next 8 years teaching English; the last five years teaching and developing curriculum for the international studies program at a large high school in Kyoto. In addition, David holds his TESL certification as well as his IELTS teaching qualifications. In his spare time, you'll find David listening to music and reading (he is a proud nerd). For travel, David loves getting lost in big cities; New York, Shanghai and Paris being his favourites (although Langkawi Island in Malaysia is where he'd go to relax!).
His advice to students studying English is: "Throw out your English grammar text books. Everything begins with reading...learn to love reading in English for pleasure. Then, find a place to discuss what you have read. Your vocabulary, listening and fluency will all develop naturally and quickly".
Karen has a Bachelor degree in Child Study and Education, as well as a Certificate in Adult Education and TESL. Karen has taught ESL on the east and west coasts of Canada for 19 years. Her favourite places she’s traveled are The Badlands of South Dakota, The Rockies, and Boston. Karen is also an accomplished artist!
If Karen had one tip for you when learning a new language, she would say, “Make friends from different countries so that when you get together, the only language you have in common is English! You'll get more practice this way!”
Lee has a B.A. in Applied Linguistics, as well as his TESL Canada Certification and IELTS Certification. He has taught in China and in Canada. Lee would say his favourite places he’s travelled to are Bei Jing, Hang Zhou, Yun Nan! In his free time, Lee enjoys body building, power lifting, softball, photography, and brewing beer.
Lee’s language learning tip is: “Put post-it notes on objects around your house to remember their names.”
Maha has Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics (TESL), Bachelor’s degree in English, and a TESL Canada certificate. Since the beginning of her professional career, Maha has worked in many places both overseas and in Canada. Among all the courses that she has taught, she likes the IELTS the best because it offers unlimited opportunities for students to work, immigrate, and pursue their higher studies, not only in Canada, but also in other English speaking countries. When she is not teaching, Maha usually reads or tries to improve her cooking skills.
Maha's tip for students is: "Look at any challenge as a door that when opens will get you one step closer to achieving your goal."
Rachel comes from Halifax, NS and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Dalhousie University. She also has her TESOL certificate, and a Teaching IELTS certificate. She tutored English learners in Halifax and worked as an English teacher in Seoul, Korea before moving to Victoria. Rachel loves reading, traveling, swing dance, cooking, and (especially) teaching and learning languages.
Rachel’s language learning tip is: "Consume English-language media in whatever format you enjoy most - books, newspapers, magazines, TV shows, movies, music, podcasts, and so on! This is a great way to expand your vocabulary, and to get used to the way native speakers talk and write."
Sarah has a Bachelor of Linguistics degree from UVic, where she also studied to teach ESL. She thinks being a teacher is pretty fun, and she's said that she's met some of the most interesting people of her life here at inlingua.
Sarah has lived in Victoria for 7 years, but she grew up in the Rocky Mountains in a town called Golden. It’s tiny but really beautiful, and she got to spend all her winters skiing, which is still her favourite hobby. She also loves to bike around Victoria to drink local beer or hang out with friends.
If you see Sarah around the school or city you should say hi, and if you’re in her class you will definitely have some laughs!
Tracey has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (University of British Columbia), Criminology (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), and a TESL Teaching Certificate (Greystone College). She’s done English volunteer work in Eastern Europe. Her favourite travel experiences have been to France, the UK, Eastern Europe, and Hawaii. She also enjoys exploring beautiful BC on summer road trips! Her hobbies are cooking, gardening, reading, and dancing. Her interests are in performing arts, languages, and history.
Tracey’s advice to English learners: "Get out, see the city, make friends, try new things, and ask questions!"