Language Point was founded in 2018 after seeing the need for quality online CertTESOL training which fit around people's lives, work, family commitments and geography. We saw that it was not always possible for people to afford to take the time off work and family, or travel, to attend a face to face teacher training course and we responded.
We work with NGO's and registered charities to support refugees and learners with free English language classes, and offer scholarship places on our teacher training courses for teachers who cannot access training due to location or environment, and partner with centres around the world to deliver our qualifications.
In today's inter-connected world geography should not be a barrier to education.
Meet the Team
Director: Tom Garside
BA(Hons), CELTA, DELTA, PGDipTESOL, MATESOL
Tom Garside founded Language Point Training to meet the growing need of language educators working in contexts with little access to training resources. His vision is to bring training and development activity to language teachers in their local context, as that is where they need it most.
He started teaching English in 1998 while gaining a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and French, and has gone on to teach, manage and train teachers in the UK, China, New Zealand, Malta, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
He has experience of designing, developing, delivering and managing Trinity College CertTESOL and DipTESOL programmes, Comenius teacher development projects and other CPD and bespoke teacher development events. He is also a moderator for both the Trinity CertTESOL and Trinity Cert PT.
He is a specialist in sustainability in teacher training and development, as well as consulting on Language Assessment Literacy and curriculum design with international providers and universities.
BA(Hons), CELTA, DELTA, MAPDLE
Dan has been working in the English teaching field since 2006 when he gave up a career in print journalism and moved to Bratislava, Slovakia. Since then he has lived and worked in Ukraine, Borneo, Bahrain, Austria, Turkey, Algeria, and now Sri Lanka.
He has an MA in Professional Development for Language Education and is a self-confessed TEFL nerd.
Dan has recently expanded his horizons by opening his own training company in Sri Lanka, which allows him to share his expertise within the Sri Lankan state education sector while continuing to work as a tutor on CertTESOL, CELTA, CertPT, TYLEC, and DELTA courses.
He has spoken at International Conferences and written articles for teacher education magazines on the subject of learner and teacher autonomy.
BA (hons), CELTA, DELTA
Katy has been an English teacher for 26 years, teaching all language levels and ages in the UK, Ireland and Italy, teaching students from all over the world. She is a specialist in preparing students for Cambridge exams, from Young Learners up to Proficiency level and is also an oral examiner for Cambridge.
She first became a teacher trainer and then Course Director on the Trinity CertTesol course in 2009 in Brighton, specialising in the areas of pronunciation and vocabulary, as well as guiding students on the Materials Assignment. As well as training on Trinity courses, she has also designed and delivered bespoke online training courses to Italian Elementary school teachers in using technology in the classroom.
Her ethos as a teacher and a trainer has always been to involve and engage learners and trainees and encourage them to be active participants in their language and skills acquisition.
In addition to teaching and training, Katy is also a Trinity ESOL Panel Member and Trinity Stars Expert. Katy is an enthusiastic, friendly and creative trainer, teacher and examiner, who believes language learning should be a stimulating and enjoyable experience.
BBM, PGDELT, PRESETT, CELTYC, DELTA
Krupa has been in the English Language Teaching field for over 16 years. She has extensive experience of teaching courses such as General English, Business Communication Skills, Spoken English, IELTS Exam Preparation, Young Learner courses and Summer School workshops. After an initial PRESETT at the British Council, she went on to study CELTYL and DELTA.
In addition to teaching and leadership roles, she has focused on developing her niche area of expertise which is ‘teacher training and development’. She has presented at international and local ELT conferences, written blogs on ELT and published articles in Teacher Education magazines.
She would like to make upskilling and capacity building accessible to teachers from second tier and third tier towns. She is volunteering with an NGO that runs schools and is helping them build teacher competence. Krupa firmly believes that empowering teachers is one of the most important aspects to enhanced academic quality in classrooms.
BA (Hons), CELTA, DELTA, MA
Louise began her career in teaching English back in 2007 when she completed her CELTA in Cambridge, UK. She then moved to Ukraine to be an English teacher, followed by various EFL roles in Borneo, Bahrain, Austria, Turkey, Algeria, and Sri Lanka.
She completed the DELTA and CELTA - YL Extension courses and is a qualified CELTA and CertPT tutor as well as a DELTA Module 2 Local Tutor.
In the last few years, she has specialised in materials development, preparing content for online and face-to-face training courses. She is also a registered examiner with different UK examining bodies.
B.A, CELTA, TYLEC, DELTA , M.A
Christine decided to switch careers from journalism to the world of EFL/ESL after completing her CELTA in 2007. She has spent most of the years since at the British Council, Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she has taught adults, young adults and young learners. She has also delivered professional programmes such as English for Academic Purposes on a university foundation course, English for Special Purposes for trainee journalists and IELTS exam preparation courses.
Teacher education and development was her next move after completing TYLEC, getting a Masters in Linguistics and doing the DELTA. Having mentored and trained newly qualified teachers at the British Council, she is an approved CertTESOL tutor.
She was an executive committee member of the Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association and the editor of its publications.
Something she is now keen to explore is how remote learning can be made a richer experience for both language students and trainee educators. As a trainer, she would like to pass on her enthusiasm for learner-centred instruction and inspire trainee teachers to be creative in the classroom.