Teacher and students in a classroom

Over the past 75 years more than 100 million people in 100 different countries have improved their English with the British Council.

Our experience, our scale and our people are why you can count on us. They ensure our courses and exams are always the highest quality and meet the most professional standards. And because of these strengths, you will always feel in safe hands.

In the classroom, our teachers create a positive learning environment so you will always feel included and valued. And while our focus is primarily on improving your English, the lessons will also nurture your creativity, critical thinking and self-confidence.

And because we teach so many youngsters, our child protection policy is set to the highest possible standards to give parents complete peace of mind.

When you learn with the British Council, you are learning with the English experts you can trust.

Meet our teachers:

Melisha Robinson

Hello everyone! My name is Melisha Robinson and I have been a teacher of English at British Council for 7 years. I am passionate about the language and therefore pursued my Masters in English Literature. I chose to specialise in English Language Teaching because I like meeting and connecting with different people and making a difference in their lives. After completing my Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA) from the University of Cambridge in 2016, I have begun exploring teacher training and have thoroughly taken to this.

 I love working with young learners because of their immense potential and creativity. I also enjoy teaching Business English, General English and IELTS preparation courses to adults. My strengths are ability to connect with students, encourage them and provide adequate support to see them improve.


Ridhima Somaiya

My name is Ridhima and I have an MBA in Marketing. I started my career working for Eveready Industries as a Marketing Executive then joined my family business and worked in the retail industry for 5 years. With the Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) course I found my calling and fulfilled my life-long dream of becoming a trainer. I have been with British Council Teaching Centre for 6 years and have taught across course types and levels. Highly motivated to continue my professional development, I have done a face to face course for Teaching Young Learners at British Council Kiev, Ukraine and I have a Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA) from International House, London. Material development is my area of interest and I have trained multiple in-house and corporate clients. As a certified e-moderation trainer, I love the challenge of teaching online and see it as the way forward. I share a very good rapport with my students and believe that praise and motivation make confident learners. 


Radhika Sista

Hi everyone! I am Radhika and I am a teacher, content creator, teacher trainer and e-moderator with over 10 years of experience in English Language Teaching. I have a masters in English literature and I hold the Certificate in English Language Teaching for Young Learners (CELTYL) and Diploma in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages from (DELTA) from the University of Cambridge. I love teaching young learners. In my free time I like to cook and read short stories.

Snigdha Sinha

Hi Everyone! I am Snigdha and I am a teacher, content developer and teacher-trainer at the British Council with over 9 years of experience in English Language Teaching. I have a Diploma in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages from (DELTA), Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) and Certificate in English Language Teaching for Young Learners (CELTYL) from the University of Cambridge. I also have a Masters in Linguistics and English Literature and I am currently studying child psychology. I have extensive experience in corporate training, but love teaching young learners. I am trained in Indian classical music. I am a travel enthusiast, a professional belly dancer and extremely passionate about cooking

Anupama Mandi

Anupama has teaching experience of over fifteen years, with experience of teaching young learners and working professionals. She is a trained teacher trainer and content writer. She has been with the British Council in Delhi for five years and is currently doing the Delta.

Anupama is as an inclusive teacher, integrating lessons for mainstream and differently abled young learners. Her students say they “got more than just what the course included” and helped them grow.

In her free time, Anupama loves to paint, dabble in interior decoration, gardening and take long walks in the woods for wild flora and avifauna!


Kala Sharma

Kala has a background in performing arts and accounting. Having been born and brought up in London, she is a native speaker of the English language. Kala has travelled to numerous countries and experienced an array of cultures.

She is dedicated to the teaching of English in an interactive and practical way, whereby learners feel enriched with knowledge and experience the language hands on. She uses creative ideas and aids to let the learning happen as organically and efficiently as possible.

Outside of the classroom Kala is a trained Kathak dancer (Indian classical dance form) and loves to watch English movies/series on law, governance and crime.

Ian Vaz

Ian Vaz hails from Goa and has been teaching at the British Council since 2013. He teaches at the Chennai Teaching Centre and in his words “absolutely loves it”.

He has a CELTA and is currently finishing his Delta. He teaches a range of classes including business communication skills, spoken English, general English, exam preparatory and young learner classes.

When he is not working, he loves listening to music, playing video games and playing the drums. He is also passionate about cooking and baking.

Nidhi Malhotra

Nidhi is a CELTA certified English Language trainer with a background in Business Studies and Commerce. She has taught students of different age groups and nationalities with mixed abilities.

She establishes an excellent rapport with her learners and ensures that they are fully engaged in learning activities. She is very willing to try out new ideas in her classes so as to make her lessons more interactive and fun for the learners.

Outside of the classroom she loves to read, watch movies, listen to music and travel to explore the world.

Jyoti Dutta

Jyoti Dutta works at the Kolkata Teaching Centre and started her career in the IT industry, teaching software programming languages and end user applications. Her interest in English prodded her to change her training domain.

She has teaching experience of 15 years, teaching a wide range of learners (school students, college graduates, immigration aspirants and professionals) catering to a broad spectrum of English language learning needs.

In her spare time, she volunteers to teach aspects of ancient Indian culture to children through stories, songs and interactive activities and is one of her favourite ways to unwind.

Aishwarjya Goswami

Hi everyone! I am Aishwarjya and I have been teaching for over two and a half years. I obtained the Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge right after my post-graduation in English Literature from Delhi University. Having worked with Adult and Young Learners I have understood that both come with different but interesting prospects and challenges. On non-teaching days, I indulge in a good book/movie and if I can't catch hold of either, I step out for a meal with friends. On days when I am feeling particularly reclusive, I prefer staying in and do some cleaning around the house and, most importantly, catch up on some sleep.

Matangi Swaminathan

Hi everyone!. My name is Matangi and I have been with the British Council for over six years. I have a Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA) from the University of Cambridge. I have experience of teaching a wide range of courses focussing on Everyday English, Business Communication and exam courses like the IELTS to both adult as well as young learners. I enjoy working with young learners. I have also completed the e-moderating course and qualified to teach online. Besides the CELTA and the DELTA, I have a Masters in Linguistics and a bachelor’s degree in Indian Music.

When I am not teaching English, I teach dance and specialise in Latin American forms like Salsa and Mambo. I love travelling and sometimes travel to perform at different dance events. In my free time, I practice yoga, play badminton and enjoy spending time outdoors with my cats and dogs

Nayantara Krishanaa

Nayantara Krishanaa might have done her master’s in Biotechnology, but found her true calling in English as an editor and a teacher.

She has worked in major newspapers and publishing houses and is a CELTA certified teacher working at the Chennai Teaching Centre.

She has a passion for languages and can speak Japanese. In her free time Nayantara likes to read, write, solve word puzzles and play the piano.

Sera Samarna

Hi everyone! I am Sera and I am a passionate English Language teacher. I have a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge and enjoy teaching young learners. I have a post graduate diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism, and I have also studied child development. In my free time, I love sketching and reading books.


Goutam Aich

Hi! My name is Goutam and I am an English Language teacher at the British Council. I have a Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge. I started my teaching career in August 2014 at Works for Us, a charity in the UK. I have worked on behalf of the Milton Keynes College, UK, for a year and then joined the British Council in October 2015. Since then, I have been teaching adult and young learners for different courses at various levels. 

I find all learners very interesting and unique with different capabilities. I believe that there must always be some takeaway for every learner after the class.  

My hobbies include presenting sessions as a motivational speaker, recording my voice as a professional voice artist, listening to audio stories, watching films from the 'drama' genre, and spending time in decorating the walls of my house with photo frames.


Yasir Hussain

Yasir Husain has carved a niche in the British Council as a teacher trainer. He specialises in teaching creative writing and standardised testing.

Given that he was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, went to university in Chicago, and currently teaches at the British Council in New Delhi, he considers himself a mobile republic. He tries to foster an environment of creativity and fun in his classes.

Outside work, there’s a good chance that you’ll find his nose buried in a book. He is addicted to world/cult cinema, travelling, anything that involves running around, and blueberry cheesecake.

Sumit Pradhan

Sumit is a CELTA certified English Language trainer with an MBA in International Business and Human Resources.

He has more than 6 years of teaching experience and has taught students of different age groups, background and nationalities that include students from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, France, Iran, Spain, and Russia.

Sumit’s passion for foreign language acquisition has led him to the career of teaching English as an Acquired Language.

A travel enthusiast who speaks seven languages including French, Chinese and Spanish; he understands the needs of his students not only as a teacher but also as a language learner himself.

Vishnu Vardhan

Vishnu joined the British Council’s teaching centre in Delhi in 2018, after completing his Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Delhi and subsequently earning his teaching badges with a Pass A on the CELTA.

He teaches adults as well as young learners but he particularly enjoys delivering the Creative Writing workshops. He strives to make all his classes communicative and frequently integrates technology into his lessons in interesting and effective ways.

In his spare time he peruses literature from around the world, enjoys world cinema, explores new languages and participates in quizzes across the country.

Upasana Arora

A CELTA qualified teacher, Upasana works at the Kolkata Teaching Centre. Before training to be a teacher she worked as a copy writer with a reputed advertising firm.

She did her masters in Marketing and Management Communications and is a soft skills trainer besides having experience in teaching both young learners and adults. She is also a content writer and editor and has worked for organisations across India.

Her young learners like to call her ‘their angel’ who has made language learning for them ‘a lot of fun’. Apart from teaching, she enjoys travelling, cooking and trying out fun cuisines, and relaxing! 


Sunaina is a CELTA certified trainer with a multi-disciplinary teaching experience of over a decade.

She has experimented with different means of expression and her teaching is enriched by it. She has taught a wide and diverse range of students.

Poornima Arulraja

Hello! I am Poornima a Teacher of English at British Council. I have a Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge. I have taught a range of courses at British Council, including online classes and enjoy the constant growth. 

Working as a teacher has been both life changing and rewarding for me, especially when I see the ‘aha’ moment kids and adults have and more so when they enjoy the classes!

Apart from teaching, I like reading historical novels, cooking new cuisines and watching Marvel movies. Growing up, I have lived in a lot of places in South India, and Hyderabad is one of my favourite cities. It was also where I was introduced to British Council and the library.


Arnab Podder

Arnab is a corporate trainer and content developer, with strong subject knowledge and a keen interest in teacher development. He has experience in teaching in both India and the UK, multilingual and multicultural adults of varying proficiency levels and a range of age groups.

Besides the CELTA, Arnab holds a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from King's College London.

He is a believer in lifelong learning, and has gained a number of professional qualifications in teaching grammar, exams and business English.

In his free time, he enjoys painting, photography and travelling.

Sweta Sinha

Hi everyone! My name is Sweta and I am a teacher of English at the British Council. I have a Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge and in-class Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)/ Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) programme.

I joined British Council in 2017 and have experience teaching various courses to both adult and young learners as well as corporates. I am focused, organised and ready to learn and implement new ideas. I like to give attention to detail when working and have been able to share excellent rapport with learners. My background in management helps me to fully understand how to handle challenges and deliver solutions and results. I believe learning should be an opportunity to excel and help my learners exude a confident attitude. Besides work, I enjoy meaningful conversations with close friends.