Who is 'E'?


Hi, I am Elske. Apart from having a passion for teaching, here are a few other things you might like to know about me.

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  • Why Supply Chain?

I love the 'to the point', 'thinking lean',' result driven' and always 'looking for improvement' attitude. It is also the quick mind that I find refreshing and easy to level with. But, first and foremost, I really like contributing to a better Economy.

  • Why English?

It was one of my two best subjects at secondary school (apart from Biology). It's also a bit in my genes, as my maternal grandfather was an English teacher who set up Philips' language centre.

  •  Why E-for-Excellence?

Elske & English of course, but also Energy and Environment, two other interests of mine. The whole phrase means striving for quality, so me in a nutshell.

  •  Any hobbies?

Travelling! I have seen a fair share of the world. But also reading and cooking - again, to improve my health and develop myself. Oh, and in summer gardening.

  •  Sport?

Swimming. The weekly 2km are sacred and have been so since early 1991. (Long) walks and bicycle trips are often exercised daily.

  •  A favourite city?

Yes, Edinburough. The old, the new, the hills, the views, the people, the food and the whisky (malts!) - such a great combination! The vibe gets me every time.

  •  Any professional goals?

I wanted to be able to teach 6 till 60 year olds. Just to see how they acquire English at those stages, which I managed to do: Fascinating. Over the years, dyslexia has become a new interest of mine, due to the way I explain grammar.

  •  Biggest English blunder?

As an early teenager I was at schiphol picking up my dad, when someone asked me where the lockers were. I told the person they were behind the 'traps' - not knowing the word 'escalator' at that stage. When telling my dad, he smiled and commented that for a lot of people escalators were probably just that.








  • Diploma InterCollege , Eindhoven
  • Cambridge Proficiency Certificate, Oxford, UK
  • Master degree English Language & Literature, Nijmegen
  • CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults), International House, London
  • IVLOS HBO teaching Certificate
  • BKE Certificate
  • CRKBO certified



I noticed that my English level had remained the same in recent years, and due to more international work it was time to invest in my English skills. Right at that moment, I met Elske from E-for-Excellence. It was such a pleasure working with her. As a gifted language coach she was always looking for my specific points to improve. Her interactive teaching ánd online courses bettered my fluency, my writing, my listening and my confidence. I loved the timetable flexibility, even on weekends, and, most of all, her dedication and patience.

I wholeheartedly recommend E-for-Excellence when you would like to advance yourself in the international market.

PaulvB Paul van Beckum
Head of Marketing & Communications, Alex van Groningen
Oct 2019


As a Procurement Manager in a large international corporation, I owe a large portion of my early career successes to my proficient level of Cambridge English which I apply daily during supplier negotiations or for the sake of internal stakeholder management. It enables me to communicate effectively and with confidence at all hierarchical levels. 
These successes root in Elske's Cambrige English classes which she lectured during my studies in International Logistics Management. Her classes were fun and challenging at the same time and she never missed an opportunity to put what she taught into a wider business context. It was Elske who relentlessly pushed me to higher levels and out of my comfort zone that was called "school English". At the end of her course I easily passed the Cambridge English exam and obtained my Certificate which would become a door opener. Ever since, my journey has taken me to a Master's degree at a renowned University in the UK and international secondments in three different countries for my employer. 
I can highly recommend being trained by Elske and wish her all the best for the future!
Raoul Raoul
Aerostructure Commodity Leader at Airbus
Oct 2020


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 Loon

Sophie van Loon
Site engineer, XPO Logistics

October 2019


I am still taking advantage of your excellent English classes! You conveyed your passion for this language really well! The confidence and access to a large vocabulary in business English provide the edge in business reviews and negotiations time and again.
Vincent H
Vincent Hinssen
Logisitic manager, Amgen
Feb 2018


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 2019
John Schellekens
Founder I-kwadraat



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