Teaching Style

We take great pride in hand-picking highly experienced teachers who are passionate about teaching the English language and creating an amicable atmosphere in the classroom. Most of our teachers work full time at ES, which helps ensure that students have continuity in their learning experience and lessons. Our dedicated teachers are committed to working closely with students, in order to help them achieve their language goals.

Meet some of our teachers!

All our teachers are qualified and experienced native English speakers. We also have a high ratio of Diploma and Masters qualified teachers.

Ms. Nicky Advani

American TEFL qualified English Teacher with over 18 years’ experience in the training industry.

Nicky has an in-depth knowledge of training, particularly in the area of soft skills. Having worked as a trainer for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, British Airways, Emirates and the luxury hotel group, Jumeirah International, Nicky now teaches different levels as well as runs our weekly workshops in employability skills for the ES Dubai Job Club.

Mr. Gene Weir

CELTA qualified teacher from Dublin, Ireland.  Gene has extensive teaching experience not only in delivering English as a foreign language but also IGCSEs and IB exams.

Gene worked in several language schools in Ireland before relocating to the UAE, and his experience is evident in his teaching methodology makes a strong emphasis on improving students’ speaking and pronunciation.

Mr. Scott McGowan

Scott is a PGDE and TEFL qualified teacher from Scotland with experience teaching in UK colleges.

Ms. Jasmine Navarro

CELTA and DELTA qualified English teacher from Bournemouth, England. Jasmine has taught English in Turkey, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Her extensive experience spans over a decade and reflects in her classes, which have depth and excellent pedagogy.   Jasmine enjoys travelling, studied a Modern Languages degree in England and speaks fluent Spanish.

Ms. Mac Ghellai

CELTA qualified American teacher, from Boston.  Mac is an Accounting graduate who discovered his passion for teaching whilst tutoring freshman students at his university.

Mac completed his teaching qualification at International House London, and then went on to teach in Qatar and the UAE.  Mac is a dynamic teacher who loves to take his students out of the classroom and organise field trips where they are able to practice their language skills in real-life situations.

Mr Harry Nash

Harry is a CELTA qualified language teacher from Bournemouth, England and spent the last 5 years teaching EFL at Kaplan International English.

Ms Catharine Latham

As Director of Training, Catharine is responsible for running the CELTA courses as well as the Teacher Training and Professional Development programme at ES Dubai.

CELTA and Trinity DipTESOL qualified (equivalent to DELTA) and an MA International Relations graduate, Catharine’s love of travel reflects in her professional path – she worked for many years at British Council as a teacher, teacher trainer and consultant in various countries including Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UAE.

Mr Tom Parks

CELTA qualified Tom is from England and started his teaching career in Dubai several years ago.

Mr Callum Attwood

Callum is a TEFL/TESOL qualified teacher from London, UK, with experience in junior’s coaching.

Callum is a young and dynamic teacher, who delivers speaking classes across all levels. He is very popular with the students and is always ready to answer any questions.

Mr. Tristan Palmer

BSc graduate and TEFL/TESOL qualified, Tristan is from England and has been teaching EFL, IELTS and CAE for the last 7 years, with teaching experience in the UK, Thailand, South Africa and the UAE.

Mr. Tom Hudd

British, Cross-Cultural Competence and CELTA qualified English Teacher with many years of experience teaching English as a foreign language.  Before joining ES Dubai, Tom spent four years teaching English in Italy at a Trinity College London test centre.

Tom takes huge pride in assisting our international students to improve their English skills as well as growing their confidence in a hardworking but fun environment.

Mr. Tom Jennings

TEFL/TESOL qualified Tom has spent more than 10 years teaching General English, Business English and Cambridge English exam preparation to juniors and adult learners in Spain.

Teaching Quality

Teaching Style

At ES we focus on the objectives, needs and aims of our students to plan their studies. Our approach to teaching English is ‘Learner Centric’ and our learners are encouraged to participate actively in class and to make suggestions about topics of interest to them. We aim to promote learner independence and take into account their feedback when planning our lessons.

All our teachers plan fast-paced, interactive lessons so that students are motivated to learn. Our courses are interesting, relevant and enjoyable.


As part of our efforts to improve student satisfaction, we carry out regular teacher evaluations every 6 weeks. This process helps to maintain consistent standards for high quality teaching.

Student feedback is very important to us and is vital to our success. Feedback is gathered from students throughout their course via an online questionnaire.

The advice that I give to my students is to always work on themselves and be confident in their English, even when they feel they are making mistakes. It is very important to have confidence and to always try your best. The students that really improve are those who push themselves and are not afraid.

Tom Hudd, ES teacher from London, England