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:

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.

Adeesh

I started as a volunteer teacher at Bachchon ka Ghar in Old Delhi in 2013 and have been working with the British Council New Delhi since April 2016. I have a Masters in English, and a Bachelors in Journalism, Psychology, and English. Additionally, I have the Cambridge Certificate for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) and the Young Learner Extension to CELTA (CELTA-YLX).

I find the classroom to be one of the few places where I am mindful and myself. When I am not teaching, I like watching films and television series, and reading about them. Occasionally, I like watching plays, and reading or listening to books. My first name has two long vowel sounds; my mother might have misspelt it.

 

Anupama Mandi

Hi everyone, I am Anupama and I have been teaching young learners and working professionals for over 15 years. I am a trained teacher trainer and content writer and have been working with the British Council in Delhi for five years. I am currently pursuing my Diploma in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages from (DELTA) from the University of Cambridge. I am an inclusive teacher, and I love integrating lessons for mainstream and differently abled young learners. In my free time, I love to paint, dabble in interior decoration, gardening and take long walks in the woods for wild flora and avifauna!

Asha Shoba

I am Asha Shoba and I have a Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA). I have been working at British Council Teaching Centre in Chennai. Having started my teaching career as a schoolteacher, I now have over 23 years of teaching experience. Although I had a degree in commerce, I decided to take up teaching because I found classrooms to be a magical place where individuals, regardless of age and gender, found themselves creating, discovering their identity. They associated themselves with characters from fairy tales, wrote or read things that touched them. 

I have taught across levels and age groups. Something I enjoy teaching the most is teacher training. I also love to travel and meet people from different cultures. I also love music. I strongly believe that art, may it be in any form, is the root that people hold on to, to follow their dreams.

 

Goutam Aich

Hi! My name is Goutam and I am an English Language teacher at the British Council Kolkatta. I have a Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). 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, Kolkata 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.

 

 

Himani Sanwal

Hello! I am Himani, a teacher and materials writer at the British Council. I began my career as a banker, but my immense passion for language made me transition into teaching. I have a CELTA (Certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages) from University of Cambridge, a certificate in Materials development from Norwich Institute of Language Education (NILE) and an e-moderators’ certificate from the British Council. 

I love to think of a language classroom as an enriching interaction of people which fosters mutual love and acceptance for differences that exist in the society. I find the amalgamation of various cultures in my classes absolutely electrifying. One can expect a safe environment in my classes to help them overcome their inhibitions.

On a lighter note, I love to face the camera every now and then and have shot an English grammar video course with the SAHARA India group. In my free time, I love to cook and watch culinary and travel shows. I am a trained classical singer and a yoga enthusiast. 

 

Ian Vaz

Hi! My name is Ian Vaz. I have been a teacher at the British Council since 2013. I have a flair for the language and therefore pursued it through teaching. 

I have a Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA). I have been teaching a range of courses including Business Communication Skills, Everyday English, Spoken English, IELTS preparation courses for adults and enjoy teaching Young Learners as well. 

My classes are always lively and energetic. I believe that the learning environment should be fun and enjoyable as this will maximise learning. I love teaching because it is rewarding to help people achieve their goals.

When I am not in the classroom you can find me listening to music, playing video games or the drums. I also have a niche for baking and cooking!

 

Jaydeep Singh

Hi everyone! I am Jaydeep and I have been working for over 12 years’ in the field of learning and development and teaching. I hold the Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge and a certificate in e-moderating from British Council. I have worked in diverse fields as a music teacher, behavioural trainer, soft skills coach, and voice and accent trainer. I joined British Council’s Delhi teaching centre as English language teacher in 2019 and it is my love of learning that has made me inquire deeply into different aspects of language learning and teaching. When not teaching, I love playing the guitar and composing music for my daughter. 

 

Jyoti Singh

Hi everyone! I am Jyoti and I am a teacher of English at the British Council. She enjoys teaching adults as well as young learners. I the Cambridge the Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) in November 2017 from the British Council, Delhi. In 2018, I worked on the Delhi English Project in collaboration with the Directorate of Education and Trinity college, London as a senior teacher. Prior to that, I have also worked at different institutions such as The School of English under Army Wives Welfare Association and Hindustan Times learning centre which involved teaching learners with mixed abilities. I am a cheerful person and I like to engage with people. It is my earnest endeavour to make my classes learner centred, interactive and fun. I always look forward to learning in order to add value to my teaching standards and I strongly believe in the organisation's growth along with my own by continuously working on my professional development. 

 

Kala Sharma

Hello. I am Kala and I have been teaching at the British Council since mid-2019. I obtained the CELTA qualification in 2018, and prior to this, worked as a Voice and Accent Trainer for Genpact. I was born and brought up in the UK and moved to India after graduation to pursue my interest in the Indian arts. I also have a background in accounting. I have an informal style of teaching and enjoy being creative when designing materials. I have had exposure to various cultures and have always appreciated diversity in a society. I love to teach because I can learn about others.

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.

Krupa

Krupa has a degree in Business Management.  She successfully completed PRESETT, a teacher training course conducted and accredited by the British Council, in 2010. She joined the teaching centre at British council in 2010 as Teacher of English and is currently the Academic Coordinator. She has also successfully completed Cambridge’s Certificate in English Language Teaching for Young Learners in 2012 and Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults in 2014.  

Krupa has taught adults as well as young learners from Elementary to Advanced levels.  She has experience in teaching a variety of courses across the curriculum - business English, general English and spoken English. She has also delivered IELTS preparatory courses and Teacher Training workshops.

Before joining British Council, she taught Phonics based English programme for a few years. Prior to teaching English, she worked freelance with some of the leading Market Research organisations. 

Besides teaching the regular courses at British council as a full time teacher, she has also prepared lesson plans and planned courses for summer schools

Lavanya Vedanayagam

Hi! My name is Lavanya and I have been working at the British Council since January 2019. I have completed Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). I have experience teaching all the courses the centre has to offer, like Spoken English, Business Communication Skills, Everyday English and IELTS apart from teaching Young Learner courses. I am passionate about interacting with people from all age groups and sharing life experiences with them. Teaching has always been a part of my life, as I started teaching my barbie dolls when I was young, and then moved on to my friends in the neighbourhood.

With experience in different industries like IT, wedding as well as photography, I believe that everything happens for a reason. All the little skills that I have picked up from the several jobs I have done, have helped me with teaching.

In my free time, I love reading novels, watching way too many cooking shows on YouTube, Instagram memes, and currently trying my hand at artwork – which honestly has been a revelation.

 

Lucy Nicholls

Hi Everyone! I joined the All India Team as Senior Teacher – Teacher Development India based in our Delhi office in January 2020. In my role, in addition to teaching, I am responsible for the training and development of all teachers in India.

I gained my CELTA in 2004 and relocated to Italy where I began my teaching career as a Business English teacher. I delivered business training programmes to high profile international and Italian companies, government organisations,  as well as the Italian Armed Services and United Nations Peace Keeping troops, and completed my  DELTA in 2012 (specialising in Business English).

In 2012 I joined the British Council, Sri Lanka. I was appointed Academic Coordinator to assist establish the newly opened British Council centre in Jaffna in 2014 and then promoted to Professional Training Coordinator, Colombo in 2016. In 2019 I was seconded to the TRANSFORM education reform programme in Sri Lanka as a project manager gained a certification in APM (PFQ). In addition, I was the EDI Country Lead Sri Lanka for over three years, working to mainstream EDI as part of the South Asian regional team.

I graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1992 with a BA Honours in History. I began my career in financial services with the Hambro group, I then made a career transition into marketing, PR and event management working with corporate organisations in the UK.

Outside of work I love travel and exploration and enjoy photography, discovering new places and people, as well as an increased interest in textiles – which tell us so many stories!

 

Marykutty Thomas

Hello! My name is Mary. I’ve been a full-time teacher at the British Council for over 8 years. I have completed M.A in English and Public Administration and I have also completed Certificate in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). 

I have taught all age groups and have experience teaching a wide range of courses like General English, Business English, exam courses like BEC and IELTS. I have also trained IELTS trainers in IELTS Masterclass. I have also completed the online teacher training program (OTT) and have experience teaching online. I am committed to helping differently-abled learners and have done a course in Special Educational Needs (SEN) to help and support learners with specific needs in class. 

I love baking and often try new recipes which my family and friends enjoy.

 

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) 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.

Munira Hussain

Hello! My name is Munira. Originally from Mumbai, I have worked for around 12 years with designers and corporate export houses in different cities of India owing to my certificate from NIFT, Kolkata. After getting a certificate in teaching from Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), I started teaching at British Council, Kolkata and have been here for about 7 years now. I have a Diploma in teaching English to Adults from Cambridge University, a Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and a Certificate in E-Moderation. I am now pursuing an MA in English Language Teaching from University of Chichester. I have taught a range of courses to adults and young learners and specialize in courses like IELTS training and Business Communication Skills. I have also delivered numerous corporate training courses within and outside British Council and created training courses for hospital chains and government organisations. I love reading poetry and non-fiction.

 

 

Nidhi Malhotra

Hi everyone! I am Nidhi and I hold the Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). I also have a background in Business Studies and Commerce. I taught international students at Pathways School Gurgaon as an English Support teacher. I am presently a faculty of English at the British Council Division, New Delhi and have taught students of different age groups and nationalities with mixed abilities. I am passionate about inspiring young minds and I am committed in ensuring that every child achieves their potential. To achieve this objective I impart lessons effectively to make English language learning, as interesting and practical as possible. I established an excellent rapport with my learners and ensure that they are fully engaged with learning activities. I am always willing to try out new ideas in my classes so as to make the lessons more interactive and fun for learners. 

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.

Parth Saluja

Hi everyone! I am Parth and I am a teacher at the British Council. I have done my bachelors in English literature from Delhi University and Masters in English from Jamia Millia Islamia. I have the Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge and started working with the British Council in March 2017.  I have taught at the British Council, Sri Lanka centre for 3 months as a part of an exchange programme. In my free time I like to travel and meet new people.

Poornima Arulraja

Hello! I am Poornima a Teacher of English at British Council. I completed my Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) in 2015. 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 there.

 

 

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 for 6 years at the Kolkata Teaching Centre 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 cook and read particularly short stories

Sera Samarna

Hi everyone! I am Sera and I am a passionate English Language teacher. I am CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualified 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.

 

Shashi Bhushan

Hi everyone! I am Shashi and I have worked as a teacher of English language with the British Council for 7 years. I am a trained radio jockey and a voice-over artist, and I taken part in many panel discussions on different news channels including BBC. I have also worked as a human rights lawyer for 10 years and have been associated with many NGOs in India and abroad. I have delivered a number of lectures on Equal Opportunity and Diversity in many colleges, universities and organisations. I recently gave a Ted Talk on A Portfolio Career.

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

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.

 

Santha Kumari

Hi! My name is Santha. I am a full-time teacher of English at the British Council. Prior to this, I was an Assistant Professor of English with two private universities in Chennai. I have completed my MA and M.Phil. in English Literature and in 2014 I have completed Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). I have taught all ages from lower primary to adults and worked in different contexts from colleges to companies. I am a Yoga enthusiast and often spend my vacations trekking in the Himalayas.

 

Shailaja Mani

Hello! My name is Shailaja Mani and I have been teaching English as a Second Language for the past 10 years. I have a Masters in English Language Teaching from the University of Leeds-Beckett. I also have a DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults)

I have taught a variety of courses to Young Learners and Adults and specialise in teaching Business Communication Skills. 

I believe that learning should be fun, and one should engage learners creatively. To this end, I ensure that my lessons include games that challenge my learners to focus on using the language to achieve game objectives. My strengths are patience in the classroom and an ability to put learners at ease.

Shonali Khanna

Hi everyone, I am Shonali Khanna a teacher, content creator, teacher educator and e-moderator. I hold the Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) and Diploma in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages from (DELTA) from the University of Cambridge. I also have a certificate in Academic Management from International House, London and a certificate in Language Awareness from Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE). I have extensive experience of teaching all types of courses and workshops, both at the Teaching Centre and with other units of the British Council within India. In my free time, I like to bake and read books.