All our staff at ‘ELC’ are friendly, experienced and well qualified in the teaching of English using the ‘Laugh, Learn and Succeed – Osmosis Technique’ . Lesson planning with exam preparation, progress checking and innovative teaching methods ensure that you will learn English well and rapidly providing that you have the correct attitude to learning and the motivation to improve.
Mr Séan Mc BurneyThe Principal & Director –
‘Designated Prevent Strategic Lead’ – ‘First Aider’
Educated in England, Ireland and France. He completed a University of Oxford Certificate in Education 1972 and qualified as a Ministry of Education teacher in English, French and drama / theatre. He has visited many countries in Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, as well as Africa – learning about different cultures and traditions.
He has been preparing student customers for the IELTS, Cambridge and TOEFL examinations for entry to UK Universities, Higher Education Institutions and Company Training Courses for over 40 years.
As a Northern Irishman he enjoys fishing, reading newspapers, watching rugby and telling stories over a glass of ‘lemonade’ .
‘Child Protection Officer’ – ‘First Aider’
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’ ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’
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.