Ed has a B.A. in Law from the University of Southampton, and has worked as a lawyer in England and Sweden. He has been in English Language Teaching for the past two years. He completed his Cambridge CELTA qualification at the Norwich Institute for Language Education in 2011, and recently obtained his Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Canterbury Christ Church University. His research interests include Critical Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis. Ed is an enthusiastic athlete and spends most of his spare time in the local gym.
James obtained a BA in History and Media Studies in 2000, completed a CELTA in 2001 and received MA TESOL & Applied Linguistics in 2009. He lived in Japan for several years, teaching English at a prestigious high school in Kyoto, a national university in Shiga and renowned private university in Tokyo. Before going to Japan, he worked at several British Council affiliated language schools in Kent, teaching English to students of many different nationalities. His hobbies include playing and watching football, making music and overseas travel.
Chris Madeley has taught at Chaucer College Canterbury since April 1998. In addition to teaching, he has been administrator of the IELTS Test Centre at the College since 2001. The IELTS Test is an English language test for people who want to work or study in an English speaking country, for example as a student at a British university, and around 800 people take the IELTS Test each year at Chaucer College Canterbury. He recently gained a BTEC Professional Certificate in Managing Examinations. Chris has a Masters degree in teaching English as a foreign language from the University of Reading, and a Masters degree in Japanese modern history, society and language from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He has given presentations and written a number of papers about the history of Anglo-Japanese business relations during the twentieth century, with particular reference to the motor vehicle industry. These have been published in English and Japanese, notably in Nichi Ei Koryushi 4: Keizai, published by the University of Tokyo Press (2001).
Tony has been teaching at Chaucer College since 1997. Before he lived and worked in Japan for 11 years, teaching at a number of Japanese universities in and around Tokyo including Nihon University and Keio University. He also spent time teaching English to trainee diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimshyo). He has a BA in Geography from Lancaster University and a diploma in TEFL which he obtained whilst working in Japan.
At Chaucer College he is the Foundation Course Coordinator and the Academic Coordinator for the High School Programmes. He is the sports coordinator, responsible for organising the annual Chaucer College sports day. During the open evenings he puts on his chef’s hat and organises the food preparation for all the guests.
Julie started teaching at Chaucer College in spring 2004 and is the Volunteering Coordinator. After graduating from a Lancaster University with a B.A. in Humanities, her teaching work took her initially to Greece. Julie then settled in Japan where she lived for eleven years. During that time Julie worked in central Tokyo as a Director of a Language School. After gaining a Diploma in TEFL she then went on to work at various places teaching English; the ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimshyo) and Sagami Ono Women’s University for example. Julie works mainly with the lowest level class at Chaucer. This is something she finds very rewarding (hopefully the students do too!) She is a mother to two girls and is also a fully qualified swimming instructor. Julie is also keen on sports. She introduced and runs the swimming options at Chaucer College which has been very successful. She has also run the London Marathon for charity.
Ann has a degree in English and American Studies and a diploma in teaching English as a Foreign Language. She has taught English for many years, abroad in Sweden and Greece, and in private language schools in Canterbury and Rochester. Her hobbies are cooking (Ann teaches Cooking option at Chaucer College) gardening, travel, the cinema and rugby.
Philip Popescu rejoined the teaching faculty in September 2012 having previously worked at Chaucer College from 1998 to 2002 and 2005 to 2009. He holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from Manchester University and a Teaching Diploma from Kent University. He has taught in France, Sweden, Austria, Malaysia, the UAE and, longest of all, in Japan, including at Shumei University. Philip enjoys writing and has produced a number of materials both for the institutions where he has worked and for publication.
Richard has taught at Chaucer College since 1999. He has a BA in Literature and French and the RSA Diploma in Teaching English. Before coming to Chaucer, Richard taught in Shumei Kawagoe High School and was the Assistant Director of Studies in Shumei Eiko High School. As well as Japan, Richard has taught in France, Spain, Finland, Abu Dhabi and Oman. He has always enjoyed travelling and has visited many other countries. His other hobbies are swimming, walking, the theatre and visiting art galleries.
Richard obtained a BA Joint Honours in Spanish and Italian, a DELTA and a Post-Graduate Diploma and MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages. He worked as an English teacher in Poland for four years before coming to Chaucer College. At Chaucer College, he teaches and organises outreach activities.
David has been a teacher at Chaucer College since 2005. He has a BA(Hons) in English and Drama, a post-graduate teaching qualification in English and Drama from the Institute of Education, London University and an English Language Teaching qualification. David has been teaching English since 1992 and has taught in Greece, Portugal and Spain, where he taught in private language schools and Austria where he taught in state schools. Prior to coming to Chaucer College, he worked at a highly-respected British council school for four years teaching English to multilingual groups.
He has travelled extensively and has always enjoyed meeting people from different cultures.
Sally has a BA in English Literature and Drama, a teaching certificate in English and TEFL, and an MEd in TEFL and Educational Technology. She has previously worked in Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Turkey.
She first worked at Chaucer College in 1994, and returned to the college after six years in a Hong Kong secondary school. Sally teaches reading skills and Computer Assisted Language Learning.
Andrew first worked at Chaucer College in April 2011. Before that he worked in Germany, Austria and other centres in England. Most recently, he has directed a summer school in Bath. He has a BA Honours degree in German and Linguistics from the University of Brighton, a CELTA teaching qualification and Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). He is aiming to complete the MA TESOL in October 2013. His hobbies include football, rugby, languages, reading and cooking.
Stephen joined the staff of Chaucer College as a language tutor, having spent the last six years in management and teaching at a language school in East Kent. He is the coordinator of the Teacher Education Faculty. He lived and worked in Tokyo for five years, from 1985 to 1990. On his return to England he studied for an MA in ELT at the University of Warwick. Stephen lives in Ramsgate and has two daughters. He plays the piano and enjoys cycling when the weather is fine.