Meet the trainers

Get to know us before you start.

We're a diverse group of folk

Over the course, you’ll meet a number of different trainers, each with their own unique specialization. We believe that by having exposure to a number of different trainers, you’ll have the opportunity to explore different perspectives and tap into the variety of experiences that are available to teachers of English in Asia. All the trainers are experienced and well-qualified, but their primary goal is to make the world of teaching accessible to you as you embark on your new career.

Dr. Stephen Louw
Lead Trainer

I’m the one to make sure you’ll be learn as much you can while you’re with us here at Chichester College in Bangkok. I guess that makes me the serious guy.

I started my teaching career as an English teacher and tennis coach back at home while I was still an undergraduate student. After finishing my degree, I headed out for a year of backpacking around India, and that was the start of a life-long career as a teacher. Over the years, I have worked as a teacher in nine countries across Asia and Europe.

My teaching career has been a rewarding one: I’ve met a lot of fascinating people, seen some truly amazing sites, and am constantly finding out interesting things about our language and how it is learned and taught. There is a lot of pleasure in teaching English as a profession – if you like working with people and enjoy exploring your personal boundaries, I have no doubt that you'll really love it.

Sunee Steyn
Young Learners Specialist

I work with the youngsters. A lot of teaching posts in Asia are with children, and I want to help you get ready for them. Teaching children can be hugely rewarding and a lot of fun, but there are some techniques and tricks that could make the big plunge into their world a lot smoother.

I have always taught the little ones. Back at home I did my B.Ed. in primary education, and then got straight into the action with the lower grade schools. I went back to university as a mature student to do my MA in English Language Teaching, focusing on the way teachers talk to their students in the primary level classroom.

It’s true that working with children is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I hope to help you understand how kids think and learn. Children are eager learners and try their best to please the teachers they love. In return, we should do our best to be eager teachers, and prepare a solid foundation for these little minds’ adventures in learning.

Scott Beecham
Support Trainer

You’ll meet me as a sort of ‘Mr. Fix-it’. I’m most interested in how teachers can overcome typical problems they face in the classroom. So I’ll be helping you with issues like lesson planning and classroom management.

I’ve been teaching almost all my life, but I started off as a sports coach teaching skiing in the French Alps. In many ways, there is a real overlap between teaching language and coaching sports. Both need the teacher to be aware of the students’ individual needs, and to be sensitive to how to get results to ensure motivation stays high.

I have a Masters degree in Education from Nottingham University, my research focusing on teacher motivation, collaboration and its implications for classroom practice. I feel all teachers face a lot of challenges, and we’ll be introducing you to quite a few of them during the course – but they are not insurmountable, and you’ll be amazed at how easy teaching can be when you can tap into certain skills and techniques.

Troy Billsborrow
Teaching Practice Coordinator

There might be a lot of theory when it comes to teaching, but ultimately it is a practical and busy profession – and that's where I fit in with things. I'm in charge of organizing the teaching practice component of the programme. In the teaching practice, you'll meet real students and get the opportunity to practice your new teaching skills! I'll be helping you prepare your lessons, and guide you through the various practical elements of getting ready for the classroom.

I started out as a teacher in a remote school in Cambodia, and at that time I had little access to resources or training. I've made all the mistakes that there are to make: what I hope to do is help you avoid some of the obvious ones so you can get right down to the job of enjoying your new career as a language teacher.

Sudsawad Sooksri (Sue)
Thai Culture Specialist

Thailand is unique. That’s what makes it such a fascinating place. But to live here, you have to understand its unique culture. We love having foreigners here, we really do, but Thais would like all teachers to be polite and to abide by Thai cultural norms. I’m going to introduce you to these expectations, and help you negotiate your way through Thai culture. I may have an opportunity to teach you some Thai language, too.

I have come to teaching late in my career. I retired from a career in the business world and have spent the last few years traveling around the world. I’ve now visited over 31 countries. My favourites are Sweden and Ireland. I love meeting people, and I enjoy comparing the world’s interesting cultures. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here in Thailand. And I hope I can help you understand us Thais a little better.