Hi, I’m Fiona…
I’ve been teaching English as a Foreign Language for over 28 years in lots of different countries and schools.
I set up my website and Members Academy to put all my experience, materials, tips and strategies in one place to save you time and energy.
Where I’ve been
I started teaching Academic Skills in FRANCE at Dijon University and then I spent 3 years teaching Business in JAPAN and TAIWAN.
I did my Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults at Swansea University near my hometown in Wales. This qualification helped me get a teaching position with the British Council, where I taught Exam Preparation Classes (Cambridge FCE, CAE and CPE) in POLAND.
I moved on to the British Council in SRI LANKA, where I did my Distance MA in TEFL with Reading University and did my training as an IELTS examiner.
I moved to Colchester to become a CELTA and TESOL Teacher Trainer, and I’m still there!
Now I teach IELTS Classes at Colchester English Study Centre and I teach Academic Skills at the University of Essex where I’m also a registered Proofreader.
I also home-school my teenage (he quickly realised I was the best teacher 😆!)
What I’ve done
MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Distinction) – University of Reading 2005
BA/Hons First Class Degree in English and French – University of Reading 1992
Cambridge/RSA Diploma in TEFL – University of Swansea 1997
IELTS Speaking and Writing Specialist since 2002
CELTA and TESOL Trainer and DELTA local tutor since 2003
- Winner of Cambridge English Language Assessment/English UK Research Award 2015