INTESOL Staff Worldwide
INTESOL staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of tuition, be it onsite or online.
Meet the INTESOL Staff
INTESOL WORLDWIDE has been established since 1993 and has sold many TEFL | TESOL courses to students who have been looking for a quality, accredited TESOL course. INTESOL is run by Course Director, Lynda Hazelwood, who has vast experience in the field of teacher training in ESOL. Lynda is assisted by Technical Administrator, David Buckle who has a background in English and IT.
Lynda Hazelwood – Course Director
Lynda Hazelwood has been teaching languages since 1971. Since then she has taught in England and overseas, in both the public and private sectors, in primary, senior and adult education. She also has experience of English for Academic Purposes and materials writing at university level. Lynda has been employed by the British Council for whom she taught all levels including Cambridge exam classes and English for Specific Purposes. She has been an examiner for the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and for the Pan-Hellenic Association of Language School Owners in Greece.Lynda founded INTESOL in 1993 in Bristol, England. A variety of courses and services were provided including one-to-one language tuition; adult language classes; French clubs for 5 – 11 year olds; English home stays for foreign learners and weekend introductory courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The most successful of these became the weekend introductory courses in TESOL. 80% of the participants wanted to take a course, which would qualify them to teach ESOL, but most could not give up four weeks of their time to study. Lynda decided to develop course materials for home study which soon developed into the world renowned INTESOL Certificate in TESOL by distance learning. A short time later the course achieved accreditation and is now one of the most respected courses worldwide.
David Buckle – Technical Administrator
Vincent Ferrer – Senior Tutor
Mihaela Dascalu – Senior Tutor
Mihaela has been working for INTESOL Worldwide since 2003. She has run many pre-service and in-service training courses both face-to-face and distance courses in Romania and Greece; and delivered workshops at many international conferences. She has worked for a number of British Council projects on developing teacher training and training of trainers programmes. Mihaela has developed and coordinated onsite and distance training courses and has trained teachers for over thirteen years. She is the co-author of the In-service Distance Training Course for Teachers of English, British Council. She holds a Licentiate Diploma in English Language and Literature and French Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching at the School for International Training, Vermont, USA. Being a non-native speaker of English, she has experience of being a learner of English that is invaluable for developing the native speakers’ awareness of teaching their own language.
Alex Semakin – Senior Tutor & Student Support
Alex has been working for INTESOL since 2011. He got his Bachelors degree in TEFL in 1995 and has been teaching English ever since. His students have been adults and children in Russia, where he has worked in high schools and a language centre, and also as a private tutor. In addition to that, he has substantial experience teaching students across the world via the internet. Alex’s specializations include exam skills training, teaching advanced level learners and teaching academic writing. He was an official examiner for the Russian Department of Education, administering the National Exam in English. He is currently writing his dissertation for the MA TESOL programme at the University of Manchester, which he is completing online.
Lidia Egorova – Course Coordinator
Elena Plekhanova – TESOL TRAINER
Hogara Okamoto – Administration Officer
Rocco Nigro – TESOL TUTOR
Dr Ahmad Pourghasem Shadehi – Director of INTESOL Iran
Dr. Pourghasem is the Director of INTESOL in Iran and CEO of the International Language Centre of Amirkabir University of Technology. He has been teaching English since 2000 and has a PhD in The Philosophy of Language and the Mind. He has worked on how the mind can be extended through languages. He has worked on ethical situations an English teacher may encounter and has also studied the “Professional Codes of Ethics for English Teachers” which is totally new in TEFL courses. He has been working as a QC supervisor for G2 to create the university entrance exam in Iran since 2015. He is also the supervisor of a number of schools in Tehran. Dr. Pourghasem did his TESOL training course in 2016 and started working for INTESOL WORLDWIDE as the director of IRAN INTESOL. Their main centre is located in Tehran.
Elham Gerami – IELTS Director and Teacher Trainer
Elham Gerami is the IELTS Trainer at the International Language Center of Amirkabir University of Technology (ILCA). She has been teaching English since 2004 and has an MA in Applied Linguistics. She has an MA in TEFL from the University of Tehran and she has taught different age groups and levels in various private and public sectors. She completed her certificate in Fundamentals of Language Assessment at TESOL Arabia and Trainer Training in IELTS FOR TEACHERS at INTESOL WORLDWIDE. Elham has experience of English for Specific Purposes, writing IELTS course books and testing and developing materials at university level. She has trained and introduced efficient IELTS trainers to the TEFL industry and run many workshops for universities and English language schools. She has also been involved as a teacher trainer and education supervisor for several years and coordinated with ILCA Board of Education to design a curriculum and materials for distance learning courses. Elham is currently working at International Language Center of Amirkabir University of Technology as an IELTS trainer, teacher trainer, test developer, material designer and education manager.
Mohammad Tajbakhsh – Certified TESOL Trainer
GTT Academy – INTESOL India
Sudhriti Roy (Aryan) – Director
Aryan has a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Post Graduate Degree in Mass Communication and 7 years experience in the ELT Industry.
Rachel Banerjee – Director
Andy Roy – Academic Head
Archana Chauhan – Tutor
KD Eryarar – Supervisor
Pisey Long – Director
Steven Lee – TESOL & Management Trainer
Thalyna Chhoeung – Executive Secretary
INTESOL at Anglo Centres – Spain
Vincent Ferrer – Course Director
Nina Skuse – Senior Trainer
INTESOL at IAE – Vietnam
Dr Van Nguyen Thuy Hong – Director of Centre for Talent Development
INTESOL at English Plus Global – South Africa
Fatima Halday – Director
Ridwaan Olivier – Trainer
Kristine Mkrtchyan – CEO
Irina Vardanyan – Director of Studies & Teacher Trainer
Anna Ghabuzyan – English Language Instructor & Tutor
Sona Iskandarian – Teacher Trainer & English Teacher
Sona has been working for INTESOL Worldwide since 2020. She has experience in teaching English since 2012. She has worked in a couple of public and private sectors. Sona has experience in teaching English for Academic Purposes. She has worked as a teacher trainer in China. She has successfully passed a CELTA course. Sona is an author of a number of articles on different aspects of linguistics. She has always been motivated by seeing the result of her devoted work. According to her, teaching is an ocean of discovery and the good result is the feedback of her devotion to this discovery.
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