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SARAH COUTTS

Sarah has taught English as a first, second and foreign language both locally and abroad since 2003. She obtained her MPhil in Second Language Acquisition from Stellenbosch University before going to South Korea in 2010 and subsequently completed a CELTA. While in Korea, she was regularly invited to train other in-service and pre-service EFL teachers, which then led to a full-time position as a teacher trainer in Seoul. In addition to training, Sarah was involved in creating and editing test content for Korean national tests and TOEIC, and is a certified examiner for the IELTS speaking component. She is passionate about language in general, and enthusiastic about assisting in-service teachers as much as pre-service teachers in all languages. Sarah is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Deaf Education, focusing on the training of Deaf teachers. 

DAVID STEYN

David has been working in education since 2008. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from the University of Pretoria and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Stellenbosch. He completed his Cambridge CELTA and obtained his MA TESOL from the University of Nottingham. He taught in the public school sector in South Africa before moving to Korea to teach EFL. Whilst there, he also trained in-service English teachers from South Korea, Russia, Japan and Thailand. David was the head of an English Language programme at a private university in South Africa before joining the Wits Language School team. He has a passion for EFL, especially with training pre-service and in-service language teachers.

ROBYN LUIZINHO

Robyn has a BA Language Practitioners and an honours degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Johannesburg. She obtained the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from Wits Language School in 2012 and is a qualified English facilitator. Robyn has over seven years of  experience in EFL English, business English and academic English across private and public sectors, teaching both adults and children in France and South Africa. She is extremely passionate about EFL teaching and is enthusiastic about pre-service teacher development through mentorship.

JAMES PILLAY

James has been in the ESL field since 2002 when he first moved to Seoul, South Korea. During his time there, he taught all ages, from kindergarten to senior citizens, serving as a senior teacher, parent-teacher liaison and teacher trainer. After South Korea, James spent two and a half years teaching in Saudi Arabia. He taught students in the Medical and Engineering faculties’ Preparatory Year English Programme. He was an academic supervisor and head teacher as well as responsible for the after-hours English Club. In 2017, James returned to Durban where he taught grammar and conversation to professionals. He has a BA in Philosophy and Cultural and Heritage Tourism as well as a CELTA. He has a genuine concern for students and understanding of their cultural backgrounds. James is interested in training in second language techniques and approaches. 

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