Our English-speaking trainers are professionals, recognised in their own field of expertise. They will help you improve your knowledge with fully customised and flexible services.
Head of Speak English Center and English teacher since 2004, Soad is a neurophysiologist from English-speaking Canada. She came to France in 2002 and completed a Master’s degree in Commerce. She teaches English at the engineering schools as well as Joseph Fourrier University and a few other universities in Grenoble. She also manages Speak English Center, trains and accompanies the center’s teachers ensuring a constant high level English language training and a wide variety of courses in order to better meet clients’ needs.
Nick has been teaching English since arriving in France in 2003 and is the Pedagogical Manager at Speak English Center. TEFL-qualified, with a qualification in Teaching Business English and a Degree in Business Administration, he has taught in a variety of situations, from individuals and small groups to large groups and half- and full-day professional seminars, from young learners of all ages to adults from all walks of life, and loves what he does. Knowing that language learning is about communication and learning from mistakes, Nick maintains an encouraging, motivating and fun classroom environment. Experienced in test preparation (TOEIC, BULATS..), able to give clear, contextual explanations, he uses his energy and humour to great effect in the learning process. A Martial Artist since the age of 19 and a lover of weight/strength-training, he has daily training sessions, also mountain-biking when possible. Reading action-adventure, sci-fi fantasy novels and any books on combat systems he can get provides regular ‘end-of-day’ moments of relaxation.
Chris is a British voice coach, theatre director and English teacher. He started his professional life as a Royal Air Force navigator on low-level attack aircraft. A radical career change led him to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London where he obtained a degree in voice teaching and dramatic art. After several years working in the field of theatre-in-education with his own theatre troupe in the UK he moved to France where he eventually created his own French theatre troupe as director and workshop leader. In the Grenoble region he teaches voice, English and theatre at Stendhal University and the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble. Chris is also a member of a research project at Stendhal University working on the importance of the musicality of language in language teaching, in addition to his voice teaching in the private sector.
Ted is an American lawyer (CO and NY) and law professor affiliated with the School of Management Grenoble. He practices law at distance with his law firm based in Denver, CO. He specializes in the law of International Trade and provides training to help professionals to better manage their legal affairs which often take place in English.
Zoe has been teaching English since she arrived in France in the year 2000 and has been teaching online via Skype and by telephone since 2009. She gained a TEFL diploma in 2005 and 2 TESOL diplomas in 2011 (Teaching of Business English and Advanced English Grammar). er focus is mainly on oral skills: confidence building, pronunciation, vocabulary building and listening skills. She also teaches business English and English grammar and is experienced in working with learners of all ages and levels. Her lessons are adapted to each individual student, according to age, level and learning requirements, using a variety of materials, which are sent to the student by email, before each lesson; she also offers full support and follow-up after each lesson.
With a degree in Linguistics and French (University of Sussex, England) and the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (International House, London – 2002), Alison has a career in English language teaching spanning over twenty years in England, France and Italy. Currently teaching English at the INP Grenoble and University Joseph Fourier, she has taught in a variety of domains, such as preparing learners for the Cambridge exams, TOEIC and IELTS; professionals from the fields of engineering, the energy industry, agriculture, and business among others; at all levels, on a one to one basis or in groups; tailoring lessons to respond to learners’ needs in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary in the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
With 15 years of experience as a translator/interpreter and 10 years as a Business English teacher for the IAE, Madeleine Baumgardt now combines training and interpreting. Relying on a solid corporate background and numerous teaching experiences for various publics, she bases her method on empathy, passion, confidence, pragmatism and sharing to help her students express themselves as easily, freely and spontaneously as possible. Her master in Foreign Languages and her passion for travelling help her teach while taking into consideration various aspects, particularly valorisation.
Henrietta is a native English speaker from South Africa with a Degree in Business Management. She also has the Celta Cambridge Teachers qualification and is an active member of Tesol France. After working in the IT industry as a Business sales Manager for 20 years she moved to France and became a Business English Teacher in Grenoble. She works for several Language Schools such as Demos and Birdwell teaching students from Beginner level to Advanced. She also teaches Military English to a Captain preparing for the War School exam.
Christina came from the United States to France in 2004 to do a Masters degree in English studies. She came into professional training a bit by chance, but it quickly turned into a passionate career. For the past 10 years, she’s been helping Grenoble professionals feel better about communicating in English in professional settings. To respond specifically to the challenge of conf calls in English, she created The Conf Call Confidence Pack in 2014. In addition to her communication coaching sessions, she blogs about advice, tips, and tools for communicating more efficiently in English at christinarebuffet.com.
Originally from the UK, Jennifer graduated from Brighton University in 2011 with an honours degree in Criminology and Social Policy. After her degree she travelled to Australia, South-East Asia, Eastern Europe and some parts of Western Europe. She arrived France in 2015 and after working as an au-pair she decided to stay and teach English in Grenoble. She returned to the UK in 2016 and took a TEFLCert course at St. George International College, London and is now a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language.
Jackie was born on the East Coast of the United States and grew up in and around the state of Wisconsin. A fan of French language and culture from a young age, she started studying French in high school and continued at the University of Minnesota where she studied cultural studies and comparative literature as well as anthropology. After meeting her future husband while in France on a teaching internship, they spent 10 years living overseas teaching in the AEFE, The Agency for French Education Abroad. After having taught in France, Mauritius, Serbia and Saint-Martin, she took a “break” and worked in tourism for several years managing a wonderful team of individuals in a world-class hotel in Saint-Martin. Recently settled near Grenoble with her husband and three children, she is thrilled to return to France and to teaching.
Rael was born near Manchester in the UK and was brought up in Scotland, despite his best efforts, he gradually grew bored with wet summers and moved to the south of France. His interests in languages and etymology brought him into the world of teaching English, since completing the CELTA in 2016 he hasn’t looked back, and enjoys the challenges and rewards of teaching. He also, in a parallel universe, creates weird and wonderful music, and is involved in various ongoing projects.
Born in Portugal but he grew up and worked for a long time in the UK. Jaime graduated from Porto University in 2008 with a degree in Portuguese and English – Language, Literature and Culture and in 2008 finished a pedagogical course also in Porto. He worked as an English as a Second Language teacher and English-Portuguese/Portuguese-English translator in Portugal between 2010 and 2012 and lived and worked in England from 2013 to 2016. He moved to Grenoble at the beginning of 2017 and has since worked at Speak English Center as an English teacher.