Meet the team!
Director of Studies
I’m Roya and I’m a native speaker from the UK. I have been teaching English as a foreign language for several years in different European locations. Now based in Delft, South Holland, I created English Voice and am continuing to take on students together with my teaching team.
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.
-University of Cambridge RSA CELTA – Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. An internationally recognised introductory qualification for new teachers.
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 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.
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.
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. There were also 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.
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 was trained as a Celta Teacher Trainer.
Delft, The Netherlands 2013-Present
I set up my company English Voice in order to continue teaching in a flexible way in Zuid Holland. I have collaborated with private language schools here, such as Masterclass English in Rotterdam. I have established a classroom in the Hof van Delft and enjoy teaching adults and children in my own space. In addition I have started supporting new families by running baby sign language workshops in English in South Holland.
Zsofia Patil is a certified teacher of English as a second language. After completing her Bachelor and Master studies, she worked both in primary and secondary education as well as in language schools and now she is the owner of Language Corner Delft.
She has more than 15 years of teaching experience. She offers English courses of all levels, including general and business English, academic writing and exam preparation of IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge First and Cambridge Advanced.
She is an enthusiastic teacher who makes sure her students feel at ease during the lessons and learn English in a cosy ambience.
Helen Boortman is a CELTA* graduate with 14 years of teaching experience, working in language schools and academic institutions. She also gives private tuitions 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.
Being a non-native speaker, Helen is aware of the challenges a lot of learners face. It is one of the most important aspects that she takes into account when preparing teaching materials and delivering her lessons.
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.