Director of Studies (Fire marshal)
"I was once chosen "the teacher of the year" by my students"
My name is Christia and I am the Director of Studies at Communicate. I have worked in the industry for nine years and am CELTA and DELTA qualified. I started in this industry as a teacher and taught General English, Cambridge Exams, IELTS, and Business English. I have also been a Senior Teacher and an Academic Manager.
I am passionate about languages and studied several at school and university. This has helped me to understand how to teach and help others learn languages. It also helps me to communicate with others when I go on holiday!
I am here to ensure that our teachers and students have a wonderful time here at school and that they are able to achieve their goals. I am passionate about languages, reading, baking, and music.
Office Manager (Designated Safeguarding Lead and Fire Marshal)
"Education has the power to transform someone's life"
Hi, I’m Jo and I’m the Office Manager at Communicate School. A qualified History Teacher and PGCE mentor, I taught in secondary schools for 6 years before going on to manage a local education charity. Here at Communicate I run the operational side of things, ensuring the school and experience is the best it can be for our wonderful students and staff. Please come and speak to me if you have any issues or suggestions.
I am passionate about providing people with the best chances and opportunities no matter their starting point, and truly believe in the importance and power of education in achieving this goal.
I also love reading, Karaoke, watching true crime documentaries and walking in the countryside with my Pugs!
Student Support Officer (Fire Marshal)
"I never expected to stay in Manchester for so long - now I call it home."
Hi, I’m Mariana. I was born in Brazil and came to Manchester in 2016 looking for some international work experience. I never expected to stay here for so long but I love the city and now think of it as home! As a student support officer I help our students on a daily basis with any issues they may have; welcoming them and listening to their stories is what I like most about working at Communicate. I am passionate about travelling, history and experiencing new cultures, and in my free time I watch movies, run and plan my next trip – twice a year my dad and I visit a place we’ve never been before.
Student Support Officer (Fire Marshal and First Aider)
"I'm an accommodation officer and I love helping people"
Hello, my name is Martina and I am a Student Support Officer. If you need any information about your course, your stay here, or if you want to talk about your accommodation, speak to me; I am happy to help.
I have a passion for languages. My first language is Italian, I have studied Russian and French as well as English; but this was a long time ago!
I also love reading and travelling, I have visited quite a lot of interesting places in the UK so if you want to see more of the country, I could offer you some advice.
I enjoy my job at Communicate because it allows me to meet a very diverse range of people and I love getting to know the students. I’m proud to be able to help them find their way in the UK and to enjoy their experience learning English.
Student Support Officer & Bookkeeper
"I am passionate about humanitarian work including education in any shape or form."
Hey, my name is Justyna and I am a bookkeeper and SSO here at Communicate. I am here to make sure that all financial transactions are in place and help ensure that the school runs smoothly.
Born and raised in Poland, I am passionate about humanitarian work including education in any shape or form. I am still inspired by my university professor who used to say – we all have the same tool (brain) and the only difference is within the choice you make on how to use it on daily basis.
In my free time I do yoga and run.
"I can teach you some Mancunian phrases that you will not find in the coursebook."
My name is Nicola (‘Niki’), I am from Manchester and I am a CELTA qualified English teacher. I studied English language and literature at university, therefore for me, it’s a passion to teach English and not just a job. I have taught both here in Manchester and in Spain in the past to both adults and young people, of all different levels. I also speak Spanish to a reasonable level. I will prepare you for IELTS test and Cambridge FCE and CAE exams.
In my free time I enjoy going to local gigs, the cinema and dancing, especially dancing, it’s good for the soul!
"My students teach me as much as I teach them!"
After completing a degree in English Studies I came to Manchester to start a Master in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I have taught English in Spain and now I am a teacher at Communicate, which I think is a great place to learn English whilst having fun! I love working in such a multicultural environment because I feel that I’m learning as much from my students as they are from me! In my free time I enjoy going to music festivals and local gigs with my friends. Music is a great part of my life!
"I have lived in Spain, Vietnam and Thailand. I love learning about new cultures, come and tell me about yours!"
"I know what it's like to live in a country where you don't speak the language"
Hi I’m Anna, a teacher here at Communicate. I’m CELTA qualified and have been teaching since 2016. Apart from Manchester, I’ve taught in Colombia where I lived for 18 months. When I arrived in Colombia I could barely say ‘hello’ in Spanish, so I know what it can be like to navigate a new country and culture while also trying to learn the language: challenging, but ultimately deeply rewarding.
As a teacher, I help guide our students to develop their English skills and confidence, especially their confidence in speaking. The emphasis here is above all on communication, and all our classes have a strong communicative element.
At Communicate School you’ll find a warm and friendly community of staff and students ready to welcome and support you through your language learning journey. Hope to see you here!
"I've lived and taught English in 10 different countries!"
Hi, I’m Joanne and I’m the evening IELTS teacher. I have a Masters in English, a TESOL teaching qualification and have been teaching since 2016. I’ve lived and taught English in 10 different countries, and I can honestly say that Communicate is one of the best places I’ve worked, due to what a friendly little family we all are, staff and students alike. Come and join us, I look forward to meeting you!
"I'm learning to speak Arabic"
Hi, I’m Umair from Darwen; a small town not far from Manchester. I’m a graduate in Mechanical Engineering and a Tesol-qualified teacher working towards my Diploma in Tesol. I have taught General English, IELTS and prepared students for their Cambridge Proficiency exams.
I can speak 3 languages and I’m also learning Arabic. Learning new a language definitely helps me to teach more effectively because it puts me in my students’ shoes and I know exactly how they feel. I always keep my classes fun, creative, and useful for students.
In my free time I like reading, working out, and socialising with friends.
"Manchester is a great city to explore and learn more about British culture"
Hi, I’m David, a kiwi (because I was born in New Zealand!) Straight after university I became a CELTA qualified teacher. I’ve taught in New Zealand, Germany and different parts of the UK, where I’ve lived for the last 20 years. I’ve been fortunate to teach a wide range of ages, levels and nationalities and I enjoy the varied classes that Communicate offers. I think Manchester is a great city to explore, learn more about British culture and of course improve your English skills! When I’m not working I’m often exploring the outdoors, visiting a castle or listening to music.
"It's fantastic to be part of a student's journey"
Hi, I’m James and I’m a teacher here at Communicate. Whilst taking part in the Erasmus exchange at University I discovered how passionate I was about language, and decided there and then that I wanted to be an English Teacher. I love being creative and designing activities and materials that can be put to use in the classroom; I’ve always found it really rewarding to see students fully engaged and learning in a dynamic lesson.
In my free time I like to play guitar and draw or paint.
"My classrooms have a supportive environment where everyone is respected and encouraged to participate"
Hi, I’m Andy and I am a teacher at Communicate. I have taught English for around 20 years in various countries including France, Italy, China and Korea. Through studying some of these languages in language schools myself, I know how important it is to learn, develop and grow in a supportive, encouraging environment. This is the strength of Communicate School.
For my classes, I try to offer a supportive environment where all students are respected and encouraged to participate. As confidence is key all students are stimulated to take risks and not worry about making mistakes during a lesson. Through a focus on speaking, students are able to quickly lose their reticence and can flourish in this environment.
Communicate is a great environment to develop English language skills. The teachers and staff are extremely supportive, often having their own experience of second language study in other countries. Therefore, as a group, there are no limits to what we can achieve together here at Communicate School.