OTTI Tutors

Shaun Wilden

Shaun Wilden is the IH World online course manager and tutor on the IH COLT Course. He’s been involved in English language teaching for over thirty years but these days is more of an education technologist, holding an MA in technology and education. As well working for IH world he teaches digital literacy and online course design at the University of Oxford. His last book, mobile learning, was published by Oxford University Press. His current areas of interest and research are learner expectations in peer to peer social presence within asynchronous courses, and feedback literacy in online courses. He is a trustee of IATEFL. For a hobby, he makes the TEFL commute podcast for teachers. Other than that he is something of a boardgame geek.

Adam Bejsovec

Adam has been working as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic manager since 1998 in different countries and different settings. He’s currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he works as a teacher training coordinator for IH, tutoring CELTA, Delta and YL courses. He also spends quite a lot of time working online, tutoring courses for the Distance Delta, ITI and IH OTTI. He strongly believes in CPD, individual approach and localisation of teaching and training. His work has always been his hobby so the boundaries between his work and free time are fairly blurred. Apart from the ELT, he loves cooking, bowling, Turkish & Scandinavian literature and an occasional movie, run and swim.

Alison Ramage Patterson

Alison is an alumnus of IH London (CELTA) and IH Seville (DELTA) as well as OTTI (IHCOLT). Away from the IH fold she obtained an MA (TESOL) from Sheffield Hallam University and a CertIBET from Trinity College. After obtaining her CELTA she went to work in Russia with IH BKC, Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur (IH Kuala Lumpur), China, Kazakhstan (IH Almaty), Jeddah and Riyadh before returning to Spain and settling in Menorca. As well as teaching Alison looked after the CPD of over 90 female teachers in a university in Riyadh. Since 2010 she has worked as a materials writer, content creator and editor, as well as working with the OTTI. When not teaching she really enjoys all the benefits of living in Menorca.

Andriy Ruzhynskiy

Andriy is a Teacher Trainer associated with 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. He has run teacher training courses in about 15 countries,from Canada to New Zealand. Andriy is convinced that this is a real blessing to have this job as it gives him 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 with a Ukrainian folk group.

Bernardo Morales

Bernardo is an educational consultant and teacher trainer based in Madrid, Spain. He has been teaching for more than 15 years, and has worked at IH schools in Poland, Costa Rica, Hungary, Spain and China. He is the co-author of the “Practise and Pass” exam series by DELTA Publishing and has also written materials for other publishers and Cambridge Assessment. Bernardo is really interested in using technology in class and is a Google for Education certified trainer.

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 freelance teacher, teacher trainer and CELTA trainer. Currently based in Aberdeen, she has previously worked for IH in Argentina, Portugal and Spain and the UK. 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. 

Jen Dobson

Jen is an award-winning ELT author, trainer and consultant. She's written for most of the major ELT publishers, the BBC and Ladybird. She has over thirty years experience in English language education and worked as IT coordinator for an IH school in Spain. She tutors locally for DELTA module 2 and on the OTTI COLT, CAM, VYL and CYLT courses. She specialises in digital pedagogies and the safe and creative use of technology with young learners. She volunteers for IATEFL as the technology and social media coordinator for the materials writers special interest group (MaWSIG).

Kate Knight

Kate is a DELTA qualified teacher and teacher trainer based in the UK. She has worked in ELT for 14 years. Before becoming a freelance trainer, she worked in a language school in Italy for 13 years as an academic manager, trainer and teacher, teaching predominantly children and teenagers. Now, as well as tutoring on the OTTI she is a tutor for the IHCYLT and IHVYL courses as well as being a CELTA trainer. She also tutors on ELT training courses for both primary and secondary school teachers. 

Lily-Anne Young

Lily-Anne is a DipTesol qualified teacher and teacher trainer who has been teaching since 2002. She has taught in a variety of countries including China, Poland, her own native Scotland and is currently based in Brno in the Czech Republic. In addition to being a trainer on the IHBET1 and IHCAM she has also been a participant on several of the IH OTTI courses. She has taught a whole range of courses, ages and types of classes with BE and EAP being of particular interest. In her free time she plays badminton in an amateur league, socialises with friends, dances and loves reading and studying.

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, Spain and Italy. 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.

Lucie Cotterill

Lucie started teaching in 2002 and, after taking her DELTA in 2005, moved into educational management, as the Director of Studies at IH British School Reggio Calabria, Italy. Her current role there is Director of Innovation, a role which, amongst other things, requires her to keep up with the latest developments in ELT, school leadership, teacher training, recruitment and educational technology. In January 2020, Lucie started working for IHWO as the DoS Community Coordinator, a role which she loves because it allows her to interact with, and learn from, all the talented educational managers in the IH network. Her areas of interest include educational management, particularly feedback and the learning organisation, and technology and she has spoken at conferences such as IATEFL on these topics. In her free time, Lucie loves eating nice food in the Southern Italian sun, watching stand-up comedy and solving brainteasers.

Maureen McGarvey

Maureen McGarvey is a course tutor on our Academic Management courses and has been involved in ELT since 1974. She has been a teacher, teacher trainer, and academic manager at middle and senior management levels. She has also been Programme Manager for a range of eLearning programmes, primarily focussing on teacher development, trainer development and academic manager development. Her main areas of interest are academic manager development, CPD for teachers and integrating online and blended learning programmes with whole-school development. She is a frequent conference speaker on issues related to academic management.

Melissa Owen

Melissa has been a teacher at IH Cordoba in Southern Spain since 2001, teaching vyls, yls, teens and adults of all levels. She has been an online teacher for IH for the last 5 years, specialising in the IHVYL and IHCYLT courses. An occasional materials writer for one of the big EFL publishers, Melissa completed her CELTA, DELTA, IHVYL, IHCYLT and IHCOLT with International House.

Olga Connolly

Olga is a teacher trainer for Cambridge CELTA and Delta, and trainer for IH Teacher Development course (CAM, BET, teaching One-to-One, OTTI DOS and TT). She is also a materials developer, and holder of a pedagogical degree and MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (University of Portsmouth, UK). Olga has been working at IH for about 20 years including being DoS for IH-BKC Moscow for almost 10 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 Cambridge assessor with international experience of working in European, Asian, Middle Eastern and African countries. At the moment along with her teacher training activities, she is actively involved in online material 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 various areas of the ELT sector as teacher, materials writer, editor, online and F2F teacher trainer, Academic Manager, School Director & Educational Consultant. Paul has been involved in Business and Academic Management and Consultancy since 2004 and has provided consultancy for Macmillan, Cambridge University Press and York Press. He has been a Senior Manager of a large IH Community School for several years and is qualified and experienced in online marketing (SEO & SEM). He has helped several community schools to establish new physical and digital products, marketing campaigns and F2F and online professional development programmes. He enjoys his role as Senior Manager of an innovative Online School. Paul has been a tutor for OTTI since 2016 on several courses including the DOS and Business Management courses.

Paula de Nagy

Paula de Nagy has been involved in teaching since 1982. She initially 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 taught, was a DoS and worked as a trainer. While working as a Director of Teacher Training in Lisbon, she spent most of her time working on CELTA, DELTA, YL courses as well as training State School teachers. She is currently a freelance trainer. She has been involved with IHWO OTTI courses since its early days: she has both trained and written materials for the following courses: YL, CAM, 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.

Xana de Nagy

Xana is a teacher/teacher trainer in Lisbon. She was brought up in South Africa and has been teaching since 1984. She took DTEFLA in 1987 and has been doing teacher training since 1990. Most of her time is spent working on CELTA (both face to face and online) and on training YL teachers. She has also trained on IHCAM, DELTA, IHOCYLT courses and run teacher development sessions for state school teachers. For IHWO OTTI, she has tutored on IHCYLT, IHOCYLT and IHCAM. She has always been interested in teaching children and did her MSc 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 which 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.