As a part of one of the oldest established English Language and Teacher Training organisations in the world, our Sydney Training Center has a high level of expertise which has developed through many years of experience.
The Center lies in the Sydney Central Business District, being easily accessible by train and only a 10 minute walk from the Town Hall and Waynard stations. It also has the advantage of being within a 15 minutes walking distance of the famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, with the prominent Queen Victoria building lying only 5 minutes away.
The center consists of 17 spacious classrooms, with class sizes of no more than 12, fully-equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and spread out over three levels; 2 common rooms furnished with comfortable chairs and tables; freely accessible study rooms; 30 computers and printing and photocopying facilities available to trainees; 2 kitchens equipped with microwaves and refrigerators; a reference library and free Wi-Fi available throughout the building.
A notice board displaying the latest job opportunities is provided for those planning ahead. Additionally, 4 personnel from the Student Services are readily available to offer their assistance.
To enable us to deliver the best quality training, we select tutors who are highly qualified and experienced. Every tutor holds a degree and TESOL qualification, with many excelling beyond that with DELTA, Med/MA (TESOL) and MA (Applied Linguistics) qualifications.
Teachers themselves have the opportunity to develop professionally, keeping up to date with the latest techniques and tools. Having lived and worked in over 30 countries and with an average of 12 years teaching experience, our friendly tutors share their personal experiences to enthuse and develop trainees in informative, engaging and interactive lessons, with many helpful tips and advice.
Our tutors offer support to groups and address individual needs to ensure that every trainee reaches their fullest potential. Lessons are student-centred, using the Communicative Language Teaching methodology, ensuring active participation and feedback mechanisms to facilitate progress.
Trainees additionally observe tutors for 6 hours of lessons to see them in action. Our dedicated tutors work tirelessly to bring out the best in our trainees, nurturing highly successful and competent teachers.
Jo Roberts is a senior trainer at IH for both the Cambridge CELTA and CERT IV TESOL courses and holds a BA (Hons) in Russian and German, PGCE/PCET in ESOL and the CERT IV TAE. She has taught a wide range of ELT teaching contexts and levels since 2001. She was highly involved in courses teaching numeracy, literacy and IT to teenagers and adults on migrant programmes in FE colleges in London and then started Teacher Training in 2005 on the FE Certificate for ESOL Subject Specialists. This led to training on the Cambridge CELTA course which she has been committed to since then in both the UK and Australia. She has also trained as an online CELTA tutor and she has been a Cambridge CELTA assessor since 2011, which entails the standardisation of CELTA courses worldwide. In the last few years, she has completed various professional development courses such as IH Colt, an online course about Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching and has presented at IH conferences.
Lucas Chiusoli is the ELICOS and Teacher Training Assistant Director of Studies at IH Sydney as well as a senior trainer and coordinator for the TESOL courses (Cambridge CELTA, Certificate IV in TESOL and Teaching Young Learners). He holds a BA (Hons) in Business Management, Cambridge DELTA and CELTA (Pass A), Cert IV in TESOL and Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAE). He has been actively involved in the development and delivery of TESOL and ESL syllabi and courses. Lucas has taught at several private language centres as well as elementary, primary and secondary schools in Brazil and Australia since 2004, being involved in a wide range of teaching contexts – General English (Beginners to Advanced), Academic English, English for Specific Purposes, Business English, One-to-One, Exam Preparation (Cambridge exams, IELTS and PTE) and Young Learners. He has also designed and run professional development programmes for teachers and trainers from different centres.
Yulianto Lukito is a senior trainer for the TESOL courses (Cambridge CELTA and Cert IV in TESOL) and a Distance DELTA module 2 local tutor. He holds a Master’s in Applied Linguistics, M.A. in TESOL, Cambridge DELTA and CELTA, Cert IV in TESOL and Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAE). He has taught and run professional development workshops at universities, high schools and private colleges. He conducts trainer-in-training programmes for newly accredited CELTA trainers and has developed the IH Advanced Methodology course, which is suitable for experienced teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of English Language Teaching. He has been involved in a wide range of teaching contexts within the field of ELT since 1997 in Indonesia and Australia. Besides teaching English to a range of levels (Beginner to Advanced), he has extensive experience in teaching Academic English, Business English, and exam preparation classes including IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, and Cambridge Upper main Suite (PET, FCE, CAE and CPE). He was an exam preparation course coordinator and a writing and speaking examiner of English before becoming involved with teacher training. He is also an accredited translator and interpreter, having obtained the NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) in 2002.
Nina Leigh is a senior trainer for the TESOL courses (Cambridge CELTA and Cert IV in TESOL). She holds a Master of Applied Linguistics, Cambridge CELTA and DELTA, Cert IV in TESOL and Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAE). She has been enjoying life in the ESL/EFL field since 1999. Her experience involves teaching a wide variety of levels and contexts such as GE, EAP, BE, ESP and exam preparation courses. Her passion for teaching and travel has given her the opportunity to teach both monolingual and multilingual classrooms in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Argentina. Her career has also involved working as an Assistant Director of Studies, Academic Manager and Curriculum Developer but it was her interest in understanding the impact of cultural backgrounds on language learning and teaching that brought her to teacher training. Since moving into this field, she has worked as a TESOL coordinator and she has delivered CETLA courses both in Australia and the USA.