OTTI Tutors

Shaun Wilden

Shaun Wilden is the Academic Head of training and development for the International House World Organisation and as such the person who oversees OTTI. He’s been involved in English language teaching for over twenty-five years. These days specialising in technology and language teaching. His latest book “Mobile Learning” was published in 2017 by OUP.  He is a trustee of IATEFL. For a hobby he makes the TEFL commute podcast for teachers.  Other than that he enjoys playing games both digital and tabletop.  When doing neither of these things you’ll find him walking in the nearby woods or growing roses in his garden.

Andriy Ruzhynskiy

Andriy is a Senior Teacher and Teacher Trainer at International House Language Center Kharkiv Ukraine he has been teaching English and Russian to students from all over the world since 1984  His teacher training career started in 2002¨ when he became an SIT TESOL trainer¨ and then in 2007 he got licensed to run CELTA and IHCTL courses as well has run teacher training courses in about 15 countries¨ from Mauritania to New Zealand  He is convinced that this is real blessing to have this job as it gives he fantastic chances to meet super professional people all over the world He regularly takes part in conferences and workshops on teaching techniques and approaches in his country and abroad  He is also a singer at a Ukrainian folk group. 

Ben Naismith

Ben is a second-year Linguistics PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh and has been working the field of English Language Teaching since 2002. His research interests lie in the lexical development of adult language learners, teacher pedagogy, second language acquisition, and corpus linguistics. As part of the University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute (ELI) Data Mining Group, he is currently investigating aspects of lexical sophistication as they focus on applying computational methods to the Pitt ELI Learner Corpus (PELIC). Ultimately, his professional goal is to work towards bridging the gap between academics and ELT practitioners in order to meaningfully and positively impact language teaching and learning.

Darren Bell

Darren has been working in the English language teaching sector for over fifteen years and has taught in a variety of contexts. His first teaching job was in Spain. Then he worked for a large private language school in London and took the Diploma in English language teaching. After that he changed to the state sector and became a course leader and teacher trainer. He is currently based in Canterbury in the UK and does a mixture of teaching, teacher training and examining, as well as online moderating. His professional interests are integrating technology in English language teaching and deepening his knowledge and expertise in the EAP sector. When he is not working, he enjoys tennis, rugby, swimming, the cinema and tasting good food and wine on his travels.

David Petrie

David has been teaching for about 16 years or so now and is based in Coimbra, Portugal.  He has also been involved in teacher training for the last ten years and more recently has been doing some materials writing and freelance consulting for ELT publishers.  He also tries and blog about language teaching as often as he can, which isn't as often as he would like , at  You can also very occasionally find him on twitter, though mostly only on Wednesdays for #ELTChat.  He is married and has three kids, who take up most of his spare time, but he tries to go to his tai chi classes when he can, and occasionally manages to play pool (badly) with friends of an evening. 

Emma Cresswell

Emma is a DELTA qualified teacher and teacher trainer.  Currently based at IH Aberdeen, where she is ADoS and CELTA Coordinator, Emma has previously worked for IH in Argentina, Portugal and Spain.  As well as tutoring on OTTI, Emma is also an IHCYLT and IHBET trainer, and regularly presents at different national and international conferences, both online and face to face.  Emma has been tutoring on the IH COLT since 2014 and never ceases to be intrigued by the developments in both online teaching and learning.  When not online, Emma's interests involve photography, cookery and a good book! 

Giovanni Licata

Giovanni has been working  as an English language teacher for fifteen years and has had the opportunity to teach all age groups and levels. His first teaching job was in a tiny language school in Rome where he was mainly teaching Business English in local companies. Years later, after CELTA and Delta, He has had the opportunity to teach all levels and age groups. Since he started training pre-service and in-service EFL/ESL teachers he has explored different contexts and worked in Europe, Asia and the US. Over the years, he has developed an interest in sociolinguistics and the use of authentic text in the classroom. His dream is to open an Italian style wine bar in California and serve top-quality wine and bruschettas.  

Lisa Philips

Lisa Phillips has been working in the ELT industry for over 20 years in a range of contexts around the globe.  She has experience as a teacher, trainer, presenter, materials writer, Academic Manager, examiner and inspector, and has been tutoring with the IH Online Training Institute since 2012.  In what feels like another life, she studied drama and literature at university before finding her passion in teaching.  She successfully completed the DELTA in 2005 and is a believer in Lifelong Learning and continual goal setting.  "A healthy sense of curiosity and adventure can go a long way

Lisa Wilson

Lisa has been teaching since 2010 and has taught in Japan, England, Poland and Spain and is now working at IH Palermo Language Centre as the Young Learner Director of Studies. She's worked with International House since the start of her career and focuses a lot of her teaching and teacher training on Younger Learners. Lisa has been involved in teacher training, both on a local and international level, for over 7 years and is both a CELTA tutor and an IHCYLT tutor. She has a degree in English and Sociology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and has completed her CELTA, IHCYLT, DELTA, IHCOLT and IH Language Awareness Courses with International House.

Olga Connolly

DoS for IH-BKC Moscow; Teacher trainer for Cambridge CELTA and Delta, and trainer for IH Teacher Development courses; a holder of a pedagogical degree and MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (University of Portsmouth, UK).
Olga has been working at IH for 18 years. She started as a teacher of English and then developed her career as an academic manager and teacher trainer. She is also an IH inspector and CELTA assessor who has international experience of working in European, Asian, Middle Eastern and African countries.
Although she is interested in a range of teaching and educational management areas, her passion has always been teacher training and teacher development.

Paul Ashe

Paul has been involved in the world of TEFL since 1997 after completing CELTA (and later DELTA) with IH London. He is a lifelong learner and has experienced different areas of the ELT sector as teacher, materials writer, editor, Director & DOS as well as qualified and experienced teacher trainer (online and F2F) and have had the pleasure to teach teachers and train DOSes all over the world. When he gets the chance he enjoys a good walk in the hills and looking after his rooftop vegetable garden and learning from his teenage children.

Paula de Nagy

Paula de Nagy has been involved in teaching since 1982.  She trained as a secondary school teacher but all her teaching experience has been in the area of ELT.  She started off as a teacher, was part-owner in a school where she learnt about being a DoS and then joined IH where she have taught, been a DoS and worked as a trainer.  She has been Director of Teacher Training at IH schools in Lisbon since 1995 – most of her time is spent working on CELTA, DELTA, YL courses as well as training State School teachers.  She has been involved with IHWO OTTI courses since its early days and have both written materials for courses and trained on the YL, CAM, COLT, DOS and TT courses.  When she is not busy with training face-to-face or online courses, she assesses for Cambridge and occasionally, does inspection visits for IHWO.

Ryan Blair

Ryan has been an English language teacher for around 10 years now, teaching YL’s, general, exam and business English for various schools in a variety of countries, but mainly for International House Mexico City. Here, aside from teaching, he worked as a teacher trainer, mainly tutoring on intensive, extensive and blended CELTA courses as well as the marking of CELT-P and CELT-S portfolios. In addition, Ryan was also a speaking and writing examiner for IELTS, and speaking examiner for Cambridge ESOL main suite exams. Currently, he is involved with teaching EAP for the University of Reading as well as being an online tutor for International House World Organisation.

Ryan holds a CELTA, IHCAM, Delta and MA in English Language Teaching as well as various tutoring certificates such as IHCOLT, IHTTC and Cambridge English Train the Trainer.  

Stephen Mander

Stephen is a DELTA-qualified teacher and teacher trainer, with over fifteen years experience of teaching adults and YLs. Now, he is based in Porto, Portugal, but has worked in Japan, Vietnam, Syria, Jordan, Slovakia, Hungary, France and the UK, and have tutored on CELTA, TYLEC and Trinity Diploma Courses. 

In his free time, he loves travel, cooking and reading about anything at all really.

Xana de Nagy

Xana is a teacher and teacher trainer at IH Lisbon. She lives in Lisbon but was brought up in South Africa. She has been teaching since 1984, took DTEFLA in 1987 and has been training since 1990. Now, most of her time is spent working on CELTA (both face to face and Online), but she also trains on IHCAM, DELTA, IHCYLT courses and run sessions for state school teachers.  For IHWO OTTI, she has tutored on both IHCYLT and IHCAM. She has always been interested in teaching children so her MSc was in TEYL. She has also worked in the state sector in Portugal training teachers to teach English to children. This included VYLs (Nursery) and YLs and Teens and prepared her for teaching large classes.

Zorica Kovacevic

Zorica Kovacevic is the Manager and DOS in IH Belgrade Language and Teacher Training Centre, Serbia. She holds a MA in ELT methodology and has long experience in teacher training, including working as the MCT&ACT on CELTA courses, IHC and DoS courses on OTTI. She also worked as an IHCYL local tutor. Her fields of interest are:  learning as a process, learner autonomy, action research to improve learning and teaching, teacher development as well as curriculum and syllabus design. Zorica was very active in introducing quality standards in Serbia and is the author of the quality inspection scheme for language schools. In her free time she enjoys long walks by the Danube, doing yoga and meditating. And - she loves cakes.