Welcome to EC Cambridge Ryan Parmee. Ryan is our new Director of Studies and will be able to help our students with any enquiries about there English Courses in Cambridge.
Here he tells us a little about himself…..
I would like to take this opportunity to provide some background about myself on a professional front as well as a personal one. In brief, my name is Ryan Parmee and I have been working in TEFL and ELT management
in challenging, diverse and competitive contexts for some time. Professionally, I have had the good fortune to lead market and language research initiatives, which have developed into longstanding products and courses that continue to support British Council teaching operations in Yemen and Qatar. Also, I am pleased to have crafted a broad experience base in TEFL from the specialized literacy needs of pre-beginner Arab learners, creating language support frameworks to help learners achieve higher standards in the IELTS exam, teacher training programmes that develop pronunciation teaching skills, presenting at conferences such as QTESOL and IATEFL as well as completing an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.
Broadly, my professional ELT and management interests center around integrating Learning Technologies into Communicative Language Teaching practices, Critical Discourse Analysis and modernizing teacher development tools to support maximum performance. Ultimately though, I have a genuine interest in English Language Teaching and working in Learning and Teaching Organizations. As a consequence, I find my thirst for learning as well as leading and developing others continues to remain healthy regardless of the experience I gain or the level of knowledge I acquire.
Personally, I consider myself fortunate to have had wonderful travel experiences in a wide range of destinations, which have enhanced my ability to appreciate diversity across cultures. Some of these include Boise, Burma, California, Chang Mai, Socotra, Sri Lanka, the Himalaya, Maloolaba and Mogadishu to name a few. Since formally studying Arabic in Yemen back in 2004, I have an enriched appreciation for the Middle East, its customs and people. Having been positioned as a learner of a foreign language in an immersion setting for an extended period of time, I have acquired a deep appreciation for the demands it places on language learners. In general, I enjoy working within complex and dynamic business settings, which is a direct echo of my most passionate hobby, high altitude mountain climbing.
My professional passion is working closely with teams that continue to push the boundaries of ESL teaching as well as professional knowledge in subtle and incremental ways. I enjoy doing this by utilizing a varied range of development tools that accommodate and compliment preferred learning styles.