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“I had a lovely time! I want to come back again next year.”

Speak English and the whole world opens up to you...

Your optimal choice for English

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.

About Us

John Cronin

Our course Director, John Cronin, has been organising language courses for over thirty-five years.

Meet The Staff

Susan Cronin

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.



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