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:

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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!