Nuestros coaches somos todos socios-trabajadores de la cooperativa English Coaching Projects, asentados en Vitoria-Gasteiz e involucrados en el futuro de la ciudad y la región.
Esto garantiza la implicación, motivación y calidad de nuestro servicio y nos permite asegurar de antemano quiénes van a ser los formadores de los cursos.
Tenemos una amplia experiencia en todos los aspectos de la enseñanza que combinado con nuestro afán innovador crea un ambiente muy especial en nuestras aulas.

Alison Keable (Ali)

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Birthday:

22nd August 1984

Background:

I was born and raised in northwest London. I chose to study a BA in Linguistics with English Literature at the University of Wesminster, while continuing to work at my own secondary school as both Librarian and Languages Assistant. I then decided to complete a training course in TESOL at Golders Green College, and fly out to Vitoria-Gasteiz where I’ve lived and taught English since 2007.

Why Iʼm an English Coach:

As a child I admired my teachers and knew I wanted to grow up to help others learn. I’ve always found languages interesting and take particular pleasure in exploring English syntax and phonetics. I want to make English available to others, as a tool for communication and a source of enjoyment.

Advice to learners:

Learning English isn’t something you can ever really finish. Your objective should be to continue the process. We can only learn a language by making mistakes. There is success in every syllable.

Other interests:

Singing with my guitar, playing videogames, learning about well-being and positive psychology.

Favourite colours:

Green

Favourite book:

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

Favourite movie:

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juilet.

Favourite TV programmes:

Scrubs, Friends, Family Guy and Countdown.

Favourite food:

Indian

Favourite quote:

“The present moment is all you will ever have.” – Eckhart Tolle.

My favourite songs:

1. Selfless, Cold and Composed - Ben Folds Five
2. Local God – Everclear
3. Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap

My favourite links:

YouTube
Macmillan dictionary
Tetris Friends

Robert Hextall (Rob)

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Birthday:

15th April 1969

Background:

Born and bred in Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands of England.
University of Birmingham, Joint Honours Economics and Politics.
After working in USA, Holland and Italy, I settled in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 1994. For the last 20 years I have worked in all aspects of English teaching including materials production, content creation, TOEIC examiner and owning and running a language school.
I am specialised in coaching Business English and I hold the International Business English Trainer (Cert IBET) certificate from Trinity College London.

Why I’m an English Coach:

I find working in small groups to acheive goals really satisfying. I love it when people explain how English has helped them at work or on holiday. Learners help me learn new things too.

Advice to learners:

“Only if you train hard can you play hard.” Dusko Ivanovic.
You are learning a language and you will have to work hard and consistently to progress - don’t expect the coach to bring a magic pill! Be patient and positive about progress. “Yes we can!”

Other interests:

Photography, sports, positiveness, current affairs and technology.

Favourite colours:

Depending on the situation green or orange.

Favourite book:

The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger.

Favourite movie:

The Life of Brian - Monty Python.

Favourite TV programmes:

Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Jessica Jones, Humans, Página Dos, La Noche de, La Noche Temática.

Favourite food:

Northern Spanish ‘hot pots’, Pintxos, Indian, Chinese (but not in Spain) and traditional British ‘pub’ food.

Favourite quote:

“We are the very privileged owners of a brief spark of consciousness. The brain is responsible for that consciousness and when it ceases to work that will be the end of us. We therefore have to take responsibility for it. You can not rely on the idea of a paradise elsewhere, a paradise for which you can expect others to make sacrifices.”
Ian McEwen

My favourite songs:

1. Fool’s Gold - The Stone Roses
2. Right Here, Right Now - Fatboy Slim
3. Edge of the Ocean - Ivy

My favourite links:

The BBC
Flickr
Wikipedia

John Hird

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Birthday:

30th November 1961

Background:

Born in Newcastle in the North East of England. 

After working in London as a campaigner for youth rights I came to Vitoria-Gasteiz for the Fiestas and the sun! I have worked as an English trainer since 1992 specialising in Business English, content creation, on-line learning and telephone English. I have also worked in Bosnia and Saudi Arabia. I have a Master in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from the university of Jaén and am accredited as a teacher trainer by International House.

Why I’m an English Coach:

This is more than just a job. Teachers and students together are all learning how to learn. A teacher can learn a lot from their students as well if they are prepared to listen and be open minded. I try to follow Bruce Lee's advice: “A good teacher can never be fixed in a routine... each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting.” 

Advice to learners:

Put yourself into as many communicative situations as you can. Don't be shy and live the language!

Other interests:

Languages, Internet, films, politics, Newcastle United Football Club and 'El Glorioso' Alavés.

Favourite colours:

Black, white, red.

Favourite book:

Germinal - Emile Zola.

Favourite movie:

Manhattan - Woody Allen.

Favourite TV programmes:

Mad Men, The Wire, The Sopranos.

Favourite food:

Basque, Indian, Bosnian, Chinese, Arab and Italian.

Favourite quote:

"Nihil humani a me alienum puto." [Nothing human is alien to me] - Terence.

My favourite songs:

1. You Make Me Feel So Young - Frank Sinatra

2. Aita Semeak - Oskorri

3. Atmosphere - Joy Division

My favourite links:

Ethnologue: Languages of the World

When Saturday Comes  

BBC Radio 4

Darren Kurien (Kez)

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Birthday:

3rd December 1974

Background:

Born in Wimbledon, to an Irish mother and an Indian father.
Studied a BA in Applied Language Studies (French and German), graduating with Double Honours. Worked in several international companies such as Symantec, BNP Paribas and Hewlett Packard with the remit of international financial control. Came to VG in 2006 after studying TEFL. I've been teaching general and business English, also preparing students for Trinity and Cambridge exams, as well as helping kids to speak better English than their parents!

Why I’m an English Coach:

Primarily, I love languages, especially English! Succeeding in communication and seeing people improve and gaining confidence gives everyone involved a great deal of satisfaction.

Advice to learners:

You're not learning English to help me, you're doing it to help yourselves. Our mistakes can help us to get better.

Other interests:

Sport, music, nice people and relaxing.

Favourite colours:

Red (Liverpool), Green, White and Gold (Ireland).

Favourite book:

A good English dictionary.

Favourite movie:

Midnight in Paris.

Favourite TV programmes:

Once Upon a Time, Perception, Elementary, Orphan Black, The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones...

Favourite food:

South Indian

Favourite quote:

“The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. Each sentence we produce, whether we know it or not, is a mongrel mouthful of Chaucerian, Shakespearean, Miltonic, Johnsonian, Dickensian and American. Military, naval, legal, corporate, criminal, jazz, rap and ghetto discourses are mingled at every turn. The French language, like Paris, has attempted, through its Academy, to retain its purity, to fight the advancing tides of Franglais and international prefabrication. English, by comparison, is a shameless whore.” Stephen Fry

My favourite songs:

1. I Am The Resurrection - The Stone Roses
2. If She Wants Me - Belle and Sebastian
3. Shimmy, Shimmy Y’All - Ol’ Dirty Bastard

My favourite links:

Facebook
The Guardian
The BBC

 Darren Lynch

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Birthday:

29th December 1977

Background:

Born in Ennis, Ireland.
Studied a BA in Business Studies specializing in Hotel Management at GMIT.
I came to Vitoria to learn my partner’s culture. What was meant to be a year or two has turned out to be a long term adventure. Since settling in Vitoria I have coached a wide range of clients from kids to company directors, however, my natural tendency is towards business English as my previous “life” in Ireland and Wales was in management and sales.

Why I’m an English Coach:

This is a role I´ve grown into. The more I learn and improve, the more I enjoy it.
I like sharing my English with people who genuinely want to learn it.

Advice to learners:

Make time to do a little every day.

Other interests:

Art, sport, sport, music and sport.

Favourite colours:

Green.

Favourite book:

Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Favourite movie:

Trainspotting.

Favourite TV programmes:

Modern Family and Criminal Minds.

Favourite food:

Smoked Salmon on Irish Brown Soda Bread.

Favourite quote:

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life doing nothing” George Bernard Shaw.

My favourite songs:

1. Lady - Modjo
2. Beetlebum - Blur
3. Old Town - Thin Lizzy

My favourite links:
The Irish Independent
Today FM
BBC Sport