As some of you may be aware, our current Director of Studies Natasha De Souza is having a baby and will therefore be away on maternity leave from 21st December.
We want to wish Natasha the best of luck for the future and hope she is back very soon.
So, please join us in welcoming Kavita Bhalerao who will be the acting Director of Studies whilst Natasha is on maternity leave. Heres a message from Kavita.
My name is Kavita Bhalerao and I am a DELTA qualified teacher with 15 years experience, including 5 years in academic management. I have taught all types of English courses from general to business, exam preparation, ESP, EAP and young learners (YLs). I have worked in Italy and London, teaching multilingual and monolingual groups, adults, children, groups and individuals.
I have been taught by Sue O’Connell (on my CELTA) and Sharon Hartle (on my DELTA). In my ELT career I have been commissioned to write 4 YL course books for some renowned UK summer schools and I frequently write lessons for my own ELT website. I have recently written an article for Ezine@rticles.com entitled “How Can I Learn English?”.
I would like to write more articles for magazines such as English Teaching Professional in the near future.
As a Director of Studies I have worked in 3 different schools and seen 3 different operating systems.
As a DoS, I like to create a strong team with a common focus/goal. At heart, I am a teacher, and I am passionate about the academic aspects of the EFL industry. I feel this is essential in building students’ trust and inspiring teachers. Many of the teachers I have managed in the past, have gone on to study for the DELTA, MATEFL or to work abroad in British Council schools.
Looking back over my career, I can say that teaching English is not just a job, it has become a profession from which I have learned a lot and I am still learning, not just academically but personally too. When I think of the many students I have had the privilege to meet, the friends I have made, the places I’ve seen, teaching English has been a real joy and a reward that I could not have anticipated when I first began…