Our CELTA trainers
Viacheslav graduated from Southern Federal University (Rostov-on-Don, Russia) in 2009, did his CELTA course in 2012 and completed his Cambridge Delta course in 2014. He was trained, externally assessed and approved as a Cambridge CELTA Tutor in January 2015 and since then he has run seven CELTA courses in the roles of both Assistant Course Tutor and Main Course Tutor.
In June 2017 Viacheslav was trained and approved as a Cambridge Delta Module 2 Local Tutor and started supervising candidates who are doing distance and blended Delta Module 2 courses in Saint Petersburg.
Viacheslav has substantial and varied teaching experience (more than eight years in total). He has taught different levels (A1-C2) in various contexts (private language schools, universities, engineering and IT companies) and is particularly interested in teaching ESP, assessment, exam preparation and developing learners’ reading skills.
Viacheslav worked as a Director of Studies in one of the regional offices of an international language school chain and had been involved in both pre- and in-service teacher training for more than 4 years. His proficiency in English is confirmed by such certificates as CAE (A) and CPE (A). Viacheslav is also an approved assessor for a number of international language exams.
Irina has worked in Teacher Training since 2005, running a multitude of various courses in a number of contexts around Russia and the world. She did an MA in TESOL at Wollongong University in 2010 and after running over 20 intensive CELTA courses, she became a CELTA assessor. She keeps on developing new programmes and therefore, reads a lot of methodology literature to be up to date with the latest ideas in TEFL. Her present professional interests include using technology in the lesson and developing learner autonomy.
Rufus Vaughan-Spruce, MA TESOL, DELTA
Originally from London, Rufus has worked in the EFL industry for nearly 20 years, as a teacher, Director of Studies, Academic Manager and Teacher Trainer. Over this period he has taught and trained in a range of countries and environments including Russia, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia. For the past 4 years Rufus has been working as a CELTA Cambridge Trainer across Russia and elsewhere in Turkey, South Africa and Kazakhstan.
Elena has been teaching English (to children, General English and Business English) for over 10 years. Elena holds an MA in TESOL from Concordia University, USA. She is also a Cambridge certified CELTA trainer and enjoys sharing her experience in teaching English in the USA and Russia with others.
Vlad holds a PhD in Teaching English as a second language from the University of Calgary (Canada) and a Master's Degree in Language Education from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. Vlad has been an instructor in a number of institutions in Canada, the USA and Russia, teaching ESL/EFL, Russian for foreigners, and courses for second language pedagogy. His professional interests include language teaching methodology, language proficiency assessment and teaching exam preparation classes.
Olga has over nine years' experience teaching English in a wide range of contexts. She did her CELTA in Oxford in 2010 and then came back to England in 2013 to do her Delta. She moved into teacher training in 2014, and is now a Cambridge certified CELTA trainer and a Cambridge Delta Module 2 Local Tutor. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences (including IATEFL 2015, Manchester and IATEFL Business English SIG 2016, Munich) and has written articles for a number of teaching publications, including English Teaching professional and IATEFL Business English SIG newsletter. She also has a British Council ELTons nomination for creating an innovative online service aimed at developing listening skills.
Benjamin graduated from the University of Essex (England) in 2006 and worked in the English education system between 2006 and 2012. He did his CELTA course in 2013 and completed his Cambridge Delta course in 2017. He was trained, externally assessed and approved as a Cambridge CELTA Tutor in April 2018 and since then he has run CELTA courses in the role of Assistant Course Tutor.Benjamin has substantial and varied teaching experience (more than ten years in total). He has taught different levels (A1-C2) in various contexts (private language schools, IT companies and corporate clients) and is interested in teaching online, working with young learners and teens and EAP.
Benjamin worked as a Director of Studies for a language school and is currently involved in both pre- and in-service teacher training.