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IH Tarragona: our English teachers

Ben Horbury

BenDirector of Studies, IH Tarragona.

He began teaching back in the UK, spending seven years at a boarding school while completing both the Trinity Diploma in TEFL and an MEd in TESOL. Recent experiences have included teaching on pre-sessional courses at the University of East Anglia, examining for Cambridge and becoming a teacher trainer on CELTA courses.

In his free time he enjoys playing sport, improving his Spanish and exploring Catalunya.

BeckyBecky Webb

Becky grew up in a spa town in Warwickshire, England. Before she became a teacher she worked in the customer service industry for 12 years. She is CELTA qualified and later gained an extension International House Certificate specialising in teaching Young Learners and Teens.

She has worked in Spain for three years, but spends her summers teaching English at summer camps in England. She enjoys the Spanish lifestyle. Her spark for travelling began at the age of 18, after going on a group expedition to Tanzania for a month. She also enjoys photography and film music.

JoeJoe Wilsdon

Joe is from a seaside town in southern England, so Tarragona is like home but with nicer weather. He studied literature at University, but even before he had graduated he was teaching for the first time, in China, aged just 22.

Thirteen years later, he has gained a wide range of teaching experience. He has taught all age ranges and met students from many different cultures, including Saudi Arabia, Japan and Colombia. But what he especially remembers is teaching classes with 80 students in Eritrea! Having worked at International House Tarragona previously, Joe is very happy to be back.

KatherineKatherine Chaplin

My name is Katherine Chaplin. I am 27 years old and I am from a small village called Sant Llorenç Savall. I am trilingual in English, Catalan, Spanish. I also have an advanced level in Italian. My family is English but me and my sisters were all born and raised in Spain.

I am a CELTA qualified English Teacher and this is my first year at IH. I have had the privilege to work in several different countries around the world through work and Athletics. Whilst travelling I completed 8 full Marathons (Madrid, Florence, Sydney, Queenstown, London, 1MMC, Barcelona and New York). I´m a big sport enthusiast and love the Marathon and Long Distance Triathlon.

KimmiKimmi Chatrath

Kimmi és de l'est de Londres. Va estudiar filologia hispànica i portuguesa a Birmingham. Va vindre a Tarragona per treballar a l’IH com a professora. Ara treballa d’administrativa. També es dedica a informar els clients sobre els viatges d’estudi i a organitzar les sortides a l’estranger en grup.

D’aquí poc serà Team Leader del departament d’exàmens oficials de Cambridge ja que fa molts anys que treballa com a examinadora.

Li agrada els gats, viatjar i la música dels 80.

MichaelaMichaela Turton

Michaela is from a coastal town in the south of England called Bournemouth. She has been teaching English since 2012. She has the CELTA as well as other certificates in teaching young learners and business English. She has taught English to all ages and levels, and has worked in the UK, Vietnam, South Korea, and Ecuador.

She enjoys photography, travelling, and sport, including Crossfit, running and swimming.

SallySally Marks

I'm a professional in the field of art and teaching. I've taught children and young people for many years. I have the Trinity certificate and the Cambridge diploma for teaching English. I have a British teaching certificate for teaching art. I am specialising in teaching very young learners at the moment. I worked and lived in Hong Kong and return each summer to teach English. Hong Kong is one of my favourite places.

In my free time I paint and go running. I enjoy running along the coast. I love cats and I like hanging out with my friends.

TonyTony Hurford

Tony grew up on a farm in the south-west of England and in addition to teaching he has worked in agriculture, forestry and construction.

He is married and lived in Canada for 10 years, where his two children were born. He studied modern languages at Exeter University and has taught English in the UK, where he obtained his Cambridge CELTA teaching qualification.

He has been with International House Tarragona since 2008 and his hobbies included cycling and reading. He has travelled extensively, most notably in Latin America.

Our teachers

All the teachers at IH Tarragona have a postgraduate qualification specifically tailored towards teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Many of our Younger Learner teachers have taught in the primary and secondary education system in Britain.

International House, as an organisation, has always been concerned with the continuing professional development of its teaching staff.

This is one of the reasons why the International House World Organisation continues to enjoy such a level of prestige and professional recognition in the world of English Language Teaching.