Who Are We ?

Cambridge English Language Assessment maintains very strict criteria for the selection of its CELTA trainers and Strasbourg is no exception (see our personal biographies below). Your tutors have a considerable experience in teaching CELTA and DipTESOL courses and they are there to help you every step of the way.

For DipTESOL candidates, thanks to our strategic location and our links with local institutions, you have the opportunity of developing research projects which go to the heart of the questions posed by professionals wishing to improve the teaching of English in Europe today.

Jane Ryder did a MA in Applied Linguistics with Leicester University after 10 years working for the Continuing Education sector of ‘Education Nationale’, the French Dept. Of  Education. She started her career as an ethologist, then ran a film company, worked extensively in Latin America and finally settled in Europe in the late 90’s. She has specialised in Teacher Development, and is dedicated to the goal of improving the status of ELT trainers in France through training and qualifications. She set up ESOL Strasbourg in October 2010.

Neil McCutcheon, Head of Teacher Training at ESOL Strasbourg, has worked on over 60 CELTA courses around the world and has been a DELTA trainer for 6 years. Neil started life as a Primary teacher, has worked as a volunteer teacher in Ghana, as well as teaching EFL and ESOL in London and Hungary. Neil holds the Trinity College Diploma in TESOL.

Steve Haysham has been teaching English for over 30 years and has trained teachers at all levels in Spain, Portugal, USA, Russia, France, Korea and the UK. He has set up and developed Teacher Training Departments and CELTA courses in both the private and public sector, in Spain and the UK. He is a Joint Chief Assessor (CELTA) UK and South America, a Delta tutor, assessor and examiner, and ICELT Chief Moderator.

Alina Brooks came into teaching in 2001, has taught at three universities, in-company, including at Russia’s biggest Stock Exchange, and at IH Moscow. Alina has designed many courses both for learners and teachers and has been a CELTA trainer since 2013 and a DELTA trainer since 2016. Her interests lie in teacher development, academic English and exams. Alina holds a MSc in Educational Management in TESOL from Aston University, UK.

Simon Brooks has been teaching for 20 years and a teacher trainer since 2008. As well as being a CELTA trainer, he has also run courses on teaching methodology such as TKT, IH CAM and IH Language Awareness. Before moving to Strasbourg, Simon regularly delivered seminars and lectures on teaching methodology and ran exam preparation workshops at a number of Russian universities. He holds the Trinity Diploma in TESOL and an MSC with Aston University in Birmingham in Educational Management in TESOL.

Spencer Burke has been involved in language and corporate training for twenty years in locations such as Istanbul, Moscow, Prague, and… Galway. He holds a Cambridge Delta, and an MSc in TESOL from Aston University. He first began teacher training in 2002 in Ireland, where he ran local TEFL courses. In addition, he has worked as a Cambridge main suite and IELTS examiner. He joined the ELT Hub team in 2016.

Peter Strutt completed an MA in English at Birmingham University and studied at London University Institute of Education for a PGCE in TEFL. He was also DELTA tutor at the British Institute and course tutor on the same MA programme as Dennis. He has published a large number of coursebooks and teaching materials and is a well-known speaker at TESOL events. His research interests include ESP , translation and evaluation.