About us

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.

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.

Tom Garside

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 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 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

LucyJane Padgett has been teaching for just over 20 years in six different countries spread over three continents.  After an initial CELTA and DipTESOL, she studied for an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. In addition to teaching and leadership roles, she delivers professional development to non-native as well as native English teachers and external evaluation has regularly shown evidence of improved teaching in her trainees. Her areas of interest are grammar and pronunciation.

LucyJane has spoken at international conferences, has set up extensive reading programmes in countries where reading is often not considered culturally appropriate and, as part of her drive to help learners enjoy the English language, she has organised and led trips to England, a once in a lifetime experience for many of her students. LucyJane believes it is important to never forget what it feels like to stand in a learner’s shoes when it comes to language learning and for this reason, she is currently studying her sixth language. 

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LucyJane Padgett
CELTA, DipTESOL, MA

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Krupa Raguram
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.

Dan Kirk 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.

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Dan Kirk
BA(Hons), CELTA, DELTA, MAPDLE

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Louise Kirk

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.

After working in Science and Advertising, Cherie found her calling as a teacher at the British Council when she completed the CELTA in 2010. She has experience teaching adults, corporate professionals, and young learners. She added TYLEC (2013) and DELTA (2016) to her credentials and has since specialised in teaching Primary and Early Years students.

  

She is passionate about training teachers and has designed and delivered teacher training courses across Sri Lanka over the years. She is an approved CertTESOL, CertPT, and TYLEC tutor. She is also a DELTA Module 2 Local Tutor. Cherie has made it her life's mission to share her knowledge and years of experience in teaching, to train and inspire the next generation of teachers in Sri Lanka and around the world.

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Charlotte Giller

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.