During my time as an au pair in Oxford (UK) I successfully trained for the Cambridge Proficiency Exam after which I realized that there was so much more to learn about the language. I further pursued a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature at Nijmegen University. My final year was spent in South Africa, doing their new Master programma on Post-colonial literature. Half a year later I obtained the International Teaching Qualification CELTA.
Starting out at a secondary school in Ede, teaching English at all levels and all years, the Bilingual classes became favourite. I then moved to Breda to teach only grammar school and shaped the newly adopted Cambridge programme. A few years later a new challenge came in the form of tertiary teaching at the University of Applied Sciences nearby. Here I was given the opportunity to set up Cambridge classes at B2, C1 and C2 level for the International studies in Logistics. As a result of my teachings, many graduates obtained very good positions in international supply chain companies.
Meanwhile, colleagues also aspired to improve their English at internationally recognised levels and became part of my weekly teaching.
On account of government requirements, the University of Applied Sciences then moved towards internationalisation. As part of my role, I developed international trips for the students - for free electives - which involved visiting companies directly related to their studies. Many students signed up several times and have seen a selection of places such as South Africa, Malaysia, Dubai, New York/Washington and Canada, apart from having joined the obligatory fieldtrip in their second year to either Scotland, Ireland or the south of England, for which I was also responsible. The combination of English and travel has always proven an immense asset and still continues to open doors.
This is why it never tires to train people to pursue their international ambitions.
The training to improve my English language skills - given by Elske van der Wal - belongs to one of my most effective learning experience in recent years. Elske is a teacher at heart, very competent and aware that teaching is a social activity.
Dongen, 22 July 2019John SchellekensFounder I-kwadraat
The one-on-one pronunciation training given by Elske was very interactive, which made it a great learning experience! It really helped me to communicate my message clearer in both business related and private conversations.
Sophie van LoonSite engineer, XPO Logistics
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