British Council Young Learner teachers are all trained to teach English as a foreign language and have an internationally recognised teaching certificate. They have been carefully selected for their qualifications, teaching experience, passion for teaching and suitability to work with young learners. Classroom practice is supported by a dedicated and expert academic management team which provides continued professional development for teachers through regular observations, training and performance reviews.

Our minimum requirements for teachers are:

  • education to degree level or equivalent qualification
  • a certificate level qualification in teaching English as a foreign language such as Cambridge University CELTA or Trinity College London CertTESOL
  • high proficiency in the use of the English language.

Other qualifications our teachers hold include:

  • Masters in English/ Applied Linguistics/ Education/ Young Learners
  • TYLEC/CELTYL - Young Learner teaching course
  • PGCE- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (or equivalent)
  • SEN- Special Educational Needs Certificate 
  • Learning Technologies Certificate 

Meet some of our teachers

Rachel Kaberry, Head of Young Learners

"Hi, I'm Rachel and I'm the Head of Young Learners at the British Council in Korea. I love teaching English because it's wonderful seeing students learn and develop. It's also fantastic to have the opportunity to travel the world, live in different countries and meet people from different cultures"

Andrew Edward

"I am particularly interested in using authentic materials to get students engaged and using language with confidence and imagination. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, going to museums and the cinema, but my absolute favourite hobby is photography."

  • CELTA 
  • MA (Hons) French & Business Studies, University of Edinburgh 
  • Has been teaching English for over 5 years in Korea and Italy

Eleanor MacLeod

"I enjoy using English in creative ways; and enabling the students to be able to support themselves in the future. Outside of the classroom I go hiking and roller skating. I also love to try new foods."

  • CELTA and TYLEC teaching qualifications. 
  • Started teaching in 2015. *Started teaching with the British Council in Korea in 2018


Eliza Deacon-Evans

"I am passionate about yoga and musical theatre and like to incoporate drama, physical activities, and creativity when teaching in the classroom. In my free time I enjoy writing, hiking, and making art."

  • BA in Modern Languages
  • Has been teaching English for 4 years in Korea, Brazil and the UK

George Banks

"I am interested in using engaging games in the classroom so students can have fun whilst practising their English. In my free time, I like watching films, playing guitar, playing video games and making videos."

  • Jolly phonics certificate 
  • BA in Scriptwriting for Film and TV
  • Has been teaching English for over 8 years in Korea, Japan, Spain and Italy.

James Barron

"In class I like doing student-centered speaking activities which encourage students to use English in a practical and fun way. On sunny days off I enjoy hiking and tennis, otherwise I like learning about history and watching films."

  • CELTA and TYLEC teaching qualifications. 
  • Over four years of experience teaching in Korea.

James Lewis

"I am particularly interested in creating materials that motivate and engage young learners. When I have some free time, I enjoy playing board games, and taking day trips around Korea with my family."

  • DELTA - module 3 YL specialism
  • CELTA 
  • BA in Russian Language, Nottingham University
  • has been teaching young learners in Korea for 13 years

Jonathan Strand

"My name is Jon Strand, and I’m from the East of England. I've been living in Korea now for over 7 years. My favourite thing to do (apart from teaching!) is hiking, and my favourite mountain is Seorak-san - especially in the autumn!"

  • Trinity Diploma in TESOL (on-going)
  • Trinity TYLEC
  • Cambridge CELTA

Kelly Brennan

"My favourite aspect of teaching is creating a positive learning environment and getting to know my students and their needs. I like my lessons to be fun and engaging! I've only been in Korea for a year, so spend much of my free time exploring Seoul!"

  • DELTA Mod 1 (Cambridge)
  • Cambridge CYLT and TYLEC tutor
  • TESOL (Trinity)
  • BA in Contemporary Theatre
  •  I have been teaching for 20 years, 10 of those teaching Drama in London and the last 10 teaching EFL in Vietnam, Italy, Latvia and now Korea.

Michael Porritt

"I like to get students of all ages speaking as much as possible during the lessons. For me it's very important that the students are active and so I use games and other communicative activities. I enjoy running and reading in my free time."

  • Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages