Here at Language Point we go by the motto of "quality, integrity, innovation". We aim to bring sustainable teacher training to the places which need them the most. We believe that geography should not be a barrier to education. Language Point works with registered charities, refugee and migrant organisations to ensure that the teaching and learning that happens on our online courses brings benefits to a wide range of people in different circumstances.
English language education is a gateway to employment and better lives for people in any international situation, and this goal goes hand in hand with the work we do with teachers and aspiring educators all over the world.
Who we work with
We partner with charities, education institutions and professional development organisations to bring teacher education courses to those who would otherwise not have access to them. We do this by enrolling language learners from a diverse range of nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds, and providing scholarships to course participants who work in settings where finance for course fee payment can be difficult.
Our partner organisations worldwide include:
Who we are
BA(Hons), CELTA, DELTA, PGDipTESOL, MATESOL
Tom 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 2000 after 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 and Hong Kong. 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 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
Christian Tiplady is a freelance teacher trainer based in the UK. He has worked in both EFL and Modern Foreign Languages sectors for over 25 years, teaching, teacher training and managing in private language schools, NGOs and government organisations. Mostly recently he served as Pedagogy Manager at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office organising CPD for tutors who teach MFLs to diplomatic staff.
He has set up TrinityTESOL and Cambridge CELTA courses and is currently a CELTA tutor and assessor. He specialises in creation of CPD programmes, developmental observations and feedback. Christian currently co-produces the teachers’ podcast "Developod" for the IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group.
BSc (Hons), Trinity Cert.TESOL,
PGDip TESOL, MA TESOL
Steve Hirschorn has been teaching and training since 1980. He has an interest in the Humanistic Approaches and received training from two leading figures in the industry: Caleb Gattegno (the Silent Way) and Lonny Gold (Suggestopædia). He later taught and trained using both approaches. Steve has managed and lectured in ELT and Applied Linguistics with the University of Surrey in the UK and Germany, as well as working in Europe, the UK and China. He is twice winner of the Walpole Prize for innovation in teaching, has published a variety of articles on ELT and Initial Teacher Training and has lectured widely in Europe, South America, the Far East and the Middle East.
Steve's specialisms are initial teacher training, efficiency in CPD, integrating Humanistic Approaches into current practice and generative teacher observation and feedback. Steve has an MA in Applied Linguistics, a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, is a Fellow of the HEA and is researching a Doctorate in Teacher Education which examines the connections between SLA research and ELT practice from 1950 to 2000.
Jane Richbell has been teaching for over 30 years, working in colleges, universities, private and public schools, prisons, and for NGO’s in many different parts of the world, namely South America, Australia, Europe and Thailand.
Jane has been involved in teacher training and development since 2001, working on CELTA and DELTA programmes as a trainer and assessor, and as a Trinity CertTESOL moderator.
Jane's areas of specialism are programme development in CPD, error correction and strategies for dealing with emergent language, as well as having an interest in diversity in ESOL teaching and training.
Charlotte Giller studied Law at Oxford and has always had an interest in languages and education, practising employment law as well as teaching in London. In 2003, she retrained as an English Language teacher, working in London and Spain. She later obtained the Trinity College London DipTESOL and specialises in training teachers for young learners.
As such, she maintains close links with mainstream education, teaching primary & secondary teachers in local schools and supporting them with the implementation of plurilingualism. Charlotte speaks fluent Spanish and is working on improving her Polish. In her free time, she volunteers with AIWR, an NGO which provides online English classes to women in Afghanistan.
Sinéad Laffan is a freelance teacher trainer based in Budapest, Hungary. She specialises in performance development for English Language teachers, helping language schools retain staff and students by creating and delivering tailored teacher development programs, as well as working within assessed programmes such as the Trinity Certificate and Diploma in TESOL.
Her process focuses on helping each teacher find their own best selves as practitioners and professionals. She has served as the coordinator of the IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group.
Dan Kirk is a freelance teacher trainer currently active as a CELTA and CertTESOL tutor, DELTA Module 2 assessor and an IELTS examiner. He is based in Algeria where he delivers training courses for local schools including the British Council and work worldwide for Cambridge English, Trinity College and NILE. He has been in the EFL industry since 2006, living and working in Slovakia, Ukraine, Borneo, Bahrain, Austria and Turkey.
He is currently completing his MA, choosing teacher training as one of his elective modules. He is eager to continue to share his experience with other EFL teaching enthusiasts, and enjoys discussing communicative methodology with other teachers and promoting its use in classrooms around the world.
Karin Krummenacher is a freelance teacher trainer, researcher, international conference speaker, and published writer. In the past 5 years she has worked on initial teacher training courses in Prague, predominantely the Trinity CertTESOL, She takes an active interest in teacher development and equality in TESOL.
Her latest research deals with differentiation on initial teaching training courses. Karin holds the Cambridge DELTA, on which she specialised in developing courses for English teachers. She holds an MEd TESOL, specialising in researching the role of ITTCs in CPD and their implications for professionalism in the industry.