“I had a lovely time! I want to come back again next year.”
“My teachers were amazing, I learnt a lot.”
“I loved my lessons, the books were really interesting.”
“My teacher explained lots of new things and we played some fun games too.”
“London was fantastic! I loved the shops!”
“Cycling in the woods was very exciting!”
“My host family made me feel so welcome. I still write to them two years after we met.”
“They (my host family) looked after me and I tasted ‘real’ English food! Yummy!”
Speak English and the whole world opens up to you...
… both in your career and your personal life.
Optima offers the very highest standards of teaching and supervision and all our teaching staff hold a TEFL qualification in addition to higher education qualifications and have a minimum of five years teaching experience. We are proud of our efficiency and professionalism when running our courses. We want our students to take away not only a greater understanding of English but great memories too.
Our course Director, John Cronin, has been organising language courses for over thirty-five years.
Susan Cronin supervises the efficient running of the organisation with special responsibility for the ‘English through Drama and Dance’ department. She has wide welfare knowledge with more than twenty-five years experience hosting foreign students and supervises this very important aspect for Optima.
Julia Field BA HONS French & Italian, PGCE Modern Languages
Director of Studies
Julia has worked with us for more than 20 years and has taught English as a foreign language for over 25 years in Britain, European countries and Asia.
She is a dynamic and committed teacher with an exceptional record of achieving examination success for her students, specialising in IELTS, CPE/CAE (Cambridge), PET and ESOL.
Her role at Optima as Director of Studies includes overall supervision of all teaching methods, sourcing teaching materials and includes classroom management.
Marta Scattolin LAUREA IUAV UNIVERSITY OF VENICE, MA UAL CHELSEA
Social Programmes Coordinator
We are pleased that Marta has joined our team . She attended Summer Courses at Optima from the age of 15 until 18 and has an outstanding knowledge of written and spoken English.
A Graduate of Venice University and Master of Arts from Chelsea College of Arts London, Marta is a main contributor to planning our social programmes and is responsible for Student Supervision.