Meet The Team

John – Co-Principal, Teacher

In addition to his responsibilities as Principal, John takes a keen interest in teaching. Possessing Qualified Teacher Status and TEFL qualifications, John has a wide teaching experience. He taught A-Level History when he was Deputy Head of Cheney School, Oxford and for a short time taught A-Level Sociology at Sibford School and History at the College Stendhal in Grenoble, France. More recently, at Wycombe Abbey School—one of the top boarding schools in the UK—John taught A-Level History, Politics, Philosophy and History of Art, and helped prepare students for Oxbridge entry.

At CIE, he has enjoyed making his contribution to both the General English and Foundation Business Studies courses, and taught the Philosophy component of the Pre-University course for Chuo Suginami High School.

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Irma – Co-Principal, Director of Studies, Teacher

Irma has been assisting the students with all their academic needs since 2012. She tests and places the students into classes, assigns teachers and monitors the quality of teaching and students’ progress at CIE. She writes courses, and organises and delivers internal teacher development sessions.

After qualifying as a teacher in 2000, Irma taught English in a secondary school in Vilnius, Lithuania and also had an unforgettable voluntary experience in a primary school in Nairobi, Kenya. Irma joined CIE in June 2006 as an EFL teacher and activities’ leader and gained her DELTA qualification in 2009. Since then she has been organising and managing the Junior Summer Programme.

She can speak English, Lithuanian and Russian and has attempted to learn French and Spanish in the past. Her personal interests include sports, travelling and outdoor activities as well as a recently discovered fun way to exercise – Zumba.

“I especially enjoy sharing with students what Oxford has to offer, be it history, art or architecture or a vibrant ‘salad bowl’ of nationalities and cultures.  I love language and culture integrated lessons as well as CIE international food parties or cultural presentations through which students learn to appreciate their own and each other’s backgrounds.”

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Amy – Summer Director of Studies, Teacher, CIE Online Coordinator

Amy completed her CELTA in November 2008 and her DELTA qualification in 2014. During her time here she has not only taught English but is also in charge of the day to day running of the CIE Summer School. She has taught students from beginner level all the way up to Advanced. She has also taught one-to-one classes and has had some experience in preparing students for IELTS and FCE certificates.

When she is not working, she enjoys listening to music, going to concerts and most of all, going to the theatre. Amy also speaks French and Spanish and gets great enjoyment out of spending time with native speakers of these languages and learning about their cultures and history.

“I have been working at CIE since I started my career as a teacher and cannot imagine working anywhere else. The combination of the familial atmosphere and good work ethic sets CIE apart from other language schools in Oxford and makes it a very special and thoroughly enjoyable place to work.”

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Marlies – Teacher, Marketing Manager

Teacher MarliesMarlies is the Marketing Manager and is responsible for telling the world about CIE. She regularly updates our social media accounts and stays in touch with old students.

She has been teaching at CIE since she received her CELTA in 2011.  She acquired her DELTA certificate in December 2016. She has lived in Oxford most of her adult life, studying Performing Arts and Anthropology before becoming a teacher. Her experience in drama makes her a very energetic and enthusiastic teacher.  She regularly teaches a combination of groups and one-to-one lessons from beginner level through to proficiency. Her specialism lies in preparing students for Cambridge and IELTS exams.

She speaks fluent German, and some French and Italian. In her free time she loves exploring the British countryside (and its pubs) and spending time with her friends, family, and dog. Her greatest passion lies in travelling and especially learning how to cook the dishes of the countries she visits.

Some of the things she likes: travelling, scuba diving, photography, singing & acting, drawing, the outdoors

“I especially love CIE’s welcoming family atmosphere. Since CIE is fairly small, teachers and students get to know each other really well and even socialise outside class times. Regularly going to the games café or to the pub gives students the chance to talk more freely and form true friendships that last long after their stay.”

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Claire – Teacher, Activities Manager

Claire has been teaching English as a Foreign Language for the past 10 years in England, Spain, and India. She received her CELTA in 2011 and has since gained experience with students of all ages from beginner through to advanced. She regularly participates in courses and workshops that have developed her skills to aid her students through exams such as FCE and IELTS. Before training as an English Teacher, Claire worked as a Textile Designer and she enjoys bringing this creativity into her classes through the use of Arts & Crafts.

As well as teaching, Claire is the Activity Coordinator and Welfare Officer here at CIE. She organises an extensive and varied timetable of cultural and sporting events for the students studying at CIE throughout the year. She is on hand to help with any travel or activity plans that students want to make whilst studying at CIE to complement their studies – whether in Oxford or further afield. As Welfare Officer she makes sure she keeps an eye on the well-being of each and every student during their time at CIE.

When not working, Claire enjoys travelling and learning about other cultures. As a result of her time in Spain she speaks Spanish and enjoys practising this by watching original version film, listening to music, reading Spanish literature and visiting the country whenever possible. She also enjoys doing anything creative and spending time outdoors – so her favourite way to spend her free time is in her garden trying to make it as beautiful as possible!

“What I love about CIE is that from the moment I joined the team I have felt welcomed, appreciated, and encouraged – and this is how CIE students say they feel as well. It really feels like we are all working together to make CIE the best place to be for anyone who walks through the door, whether students or staff.”

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Our Teachers

All of our academic subject teachers are qualified, experienced, and professional. Our academic programmes are accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), which requires that our teachers have appropriate teaching qualifications, such as a Bachelors or Masters degree and/or a PGCE in the subject they are teaching.

Our English language courses are accredited by the British Council, which requires that our teachers have certificate-level teaching qualifications such as the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults).

If you register to study at CIE for more than 4 weeks, you will be assigned a personal tutor who meets with you regularly and makes sure you are happy with your classes and your host family.

Hisashi – Finance Manager

Hisashi is the Finance Manager at CIE Oxford.  He studied Business Administration at Senshu University in Japan and decided to work for United Travel Study Service Ltd, CIE’s head office. His experience of Travel and Study Abroad Management at UTS made him explore his interest of improving his English and he moved to Montreal in Canada to continue his studies.

He was recruited by UTS for a position as a finance and Japanese liaison at CIE and has been with CIE for 13 years.

“CIE is such a nice place to work. We have an excellent family atmosphere between, staff, teachers and students; we always love laughing, chatting about different experiences.

The regular international parties where everyone brings food from their country are funny and interesting!  The team is professional and constantly observing how each student is progressing in their English.  This makes me motivated in my work.”

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Julie – Accommodation Manager

Julie is the Accommodation Manager at CIE and mainly deals with host families and student arrivals. She makes sure that all students are matched with appropriate host families. She also ensures the families apply to the high standards CIE has and makes frequent house visits. She keeps in close contact with our families and has regular chats with the students about their experience in the families.

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