‘Child Protection Officer’
Having first visited and studied in the UK from 1999 – 2003 she moved here permanently in 2004. She is University educated and formerly worked in the Pathology Department ( Haematology) of The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading for four years. She speaks Russian and understands Ukrainian, enjoys meeting new students, cooking, swimming and the sauna.
She is a DELTA qualified English Language Teacher with an MA in Philosophy & Psychoanalysis and over 11 years teaching experience in universities and language schools in London, Oxford and now at ‘ELC’ Reading where she has taught for over 2 years. Because of her love of travelling she has taught abroad in China, Italy, Malaysia, and with The British Council in Damascus, Syria. She loves teaching and getting to know students from across the globe and she particularly enjoys developing students’ confidence in communicating effectively in English.
She also enjoys challenging students to think critically about global issues so they can go on to participate successfully at university and in their chosen careers. Her lessons are lively, student focused and occasionally unorthodox!
When not teaching or travelling Bianca enjoys writing and reading poetry and studying. Her main areas of interest include philosophy of science, cosmology, theology, and the study of romantic mythology – particularly fairy tales.
Bianca looks forward to welcoming you to ‘ELC’ and having many interesting debates!
‘Director of Studies’ – ‘First Aider’
With a BA in Languages and Linguistics, she has taught and travelled all over the world, from Europe to Africa, Asia, Australia and beyond!
She is passionate about helping students achieve their goals through language and communication and she is happiest when her students can see the progress they are making. She loves teaching in an environment of small classes where learning with fun can have a real impact on how quickly students improve.
When she is not outside horse-riding or kayaking along The Thames, she is following her other passions – music and theatre.
‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’ – ‘First Aider’
Belinda has a PGCE in Post- Compulsory Education and a Cambridge CELTA. She has a Degree in French and Business Studies. She has over 14 years experience of teaching English as a foreign language. She has prepared students for IELTS, IGCSE, First certificate, KET, PET and Proficiency exams. She has taught all levels from Elementary to Proficiency.
Belinda enjoys travelling. She has taught English in France and Greece. This was an enjoyable time, which inspired her to continue teaching in the UK. She has a love for languages. She can speak French and Croatian. She has a good understanding of learning languages, and how to motivate her students to study.