Meet the team!
I’m Roya Caviglia. I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language for 20 years in several European countries.
Now based in Geneva, Switzerland, I run the English Voice Academy, a language school created especially for international multilingual families. Alongside this, I’m raising my two children with 3 languages.
I love to help families truly enjoy the transition to parenthood, create a super strong bond with their baby and raise a multilingual child with ease and joy. Let’s reduce the stress, guilt and crying and use fantastic parenting tools that will allow you to be the parent you’ve always dreamed of being.
With support from my team we help international families reach their communication goals in English at every step of the journey.
Key Teaching Qualifications:
-University of Cambridge ESOL Delta – Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. One of the best known advanced TEFL/TESOL* qualifications in the world – it’s the same level as a Master degree.
-University of Cambridge RSA CELTA – Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. An internationally recognised introductory qualification for English teachers.
My Teaching Journey:
Delft, The Netherlands 2013 – 2021
I set up the English Voice Academy in Zuid Holland in 2013. I collaborated with private language schools there, such as Masterclass English in Rotterdam. In addition I started supporting new families by running baby sign language workshops in English. During this time I created and launched the online Infant Communication Baby Sign Language Course.
I taught in-company at Facilicom, Rotterdam.
Hamburg, Germany 2011-2012
Working freelance in Hamburg gave me an opportunity to create links in the local community. As well as teaching private individuals, collaborating with the scientific institution Desy was a highlight. During this time I also earned the Cambridge University Delta diploma and trained as a Celta Teacher Trainer.
Geneva, Switzerland 2006-2010
Four years in Geneva allowed me to specialise in teaching business English in major banks, international organisations and local government. It was here that I first got involved in preparing students for examinations such as the First Certificate, CAE, Proficiency and the BEC business English exams all offered by Cambridge English Language Assessment. I also gained experience with the TOEFL test. In addition, there were projects such as writing material for a local private school, SL&C Supercomm, and delivering cooking workshops designed to help learners improve their English in a social setting. Teaching English to small children was an additional fun and valuable learning experience.
I taught in-company at:
- Royal Bank of Canada
- Fortis Bank
- BNP Paribas
- JP Morgan
- Rentes Genevoises
- Canton de Genève
London, UK 2004-2006
I trained at LanguageLink, completing the Cambridge University CELTA* certificate. Work in central London involved teaching large classes of foreign university students at the British Study Centres London, as well as working as a summer supply teacher at Edwards Language School.
I have had the opportunity to study and work with several teaching approaches. I favour an eclectic approach to teaching which combines elements from different methods and tools in order to give every individual the support they need on their language journey. The foundation of every course is a communicative approach which helps students share their thoughts and feelings in a meaningful and authentic manner. In addition there is a focus on learner autonomy which gives learners the tools they need to continue working on their English long after their course is finished.
Nikol Kurnavova started to teach English to her classmates as a hobby. For 4 years during her university studies she had the opportunity to work for a private language school as an English teacher for children. Although Nikol obtained a law degree she continues teaching English because it’s her passion.
With her practical experience Nikol will be a friend to your children on their way to speaking English from a young age. As a multilingual, she knows the difficulties that come with learning languages. She’s ready with super short cuts to learning English effectively and with a lot of fun. Nikol is raising her daughter with 4 languages and has a lot of teaching experience with young learners, primary school children and teenagers.
Helen Boortman is a CELTA* graduate with 14 years of teaching experience, working in language schools and academic institutions. She also gives private tuition to young adults and adults. She has taught a wide range of courses, including General and Business English, as well as Academic English and Exam preparation.
Helen is multilingual and aware of the challenges a lot of learners face when learning an additional language. It is one of the most important aspects that she takes into account when preparing teaching materials and delivering her lessons.
She’s bringing up her 2 daughters with 3 languages so can identify with your family’s journey.
With passion for ELT*, Helen strives to create a fun and comfortable learning environment for her students.
*TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
CELTA stands for Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
ELT stands for English Language Teaching.