Our teachers are the heart and soul of Talaera. We know from personal experience that the right teacher can be a life‐changing experience. Our team will carefully select the right teacher for each of your employees based on teacher strengths and student needs. All our teachers have studied and taught all around the world and bring expertise, care and attentiveness to every learning hour.
Ed.M. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Bachelor of Arts and History
Bryn Mawr College
CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
International House Madrid
“I have been fascinated by other cultures since I was a teenager. One day, I finally decided to take a leap of faith and fulfill my dream of living abroad. I had originally thought that teaching would just fund my travels. But after my first five minutes in an English classroom, everything changed. I had found work I loved, and not just a means to an end. Since my first day teaching in 2004, I have had the honor and joy of working with the most incredible people from all over the world and helping them fulfill their dreams. I have taught at Boston University, Google, ICANA (Instituto Cultural Argentino Norteamericano), and the Spanish Ministry of Defense. I am also a writer. My first two books will be published in early 2018.” — Jennifer
ALM Degree Candidate in International Relations
Dual Major in Psychology and Russian and Eastern European Studies
Florida State University
“During both my work and my travel I have learned one very important lesson: good communication is essential. Whether it is writing an email to coworkers or asking for directions on a crowded subway, you need to be able to say exactly what you mean. This is doubly important when different languages become involved. I learned this lesson over and over again working for three years at an English school in Korea and I’m still learning this while pursuing my Master’s degree. While I have had to learn this lesson the difficult way, I hope that I can use what I have learned to teach my students how to make communicating in English easy and give them the confidence to succeed. I love meeting new people and I love learning; Talaera gives me an opportunity to do both in ways that I could have never dreamed of before.” — Max
MSc in Environment Planning
Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies
University of California Berkeley
“Having received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Berkeley in Interdisciplinary Studies with high honors in my major and high distinction in general scholarship, and serving as a Teaching Assistant and scientific writing tutor for two upper-division critical theory courses, I pursued a teach abroad fellowship offered by the French Ministry of Education. In this position, I worked with students ages eleven to fifteen to facilitate improvements in their understanding of grammar and phonology by virtue of contact with and instruction by a native English speaker. Having worked with a wide range of students with varying levels of English, I have had the opportunity to employ several different models, strategies, and teaching methods to help them achieve encouraging results. I am particularly attentive in my efforts to encourage students to confront and improve the elements of spoken English they find daunting in order to build confidence in and improve their speaking abilities. The custom lessons offered by Talaera have proven to be a wonderful opportunity to get to know English learners from around the world and help them achieve their goals.” — Eva
Only got a moment? This is what we do in short:
Talaera is a language platform built by language learners for language learners.
We know what it takes to learn to communicate confidently in a foreign language and we know it’s not easy. Especially in professional settings. The Talaera platform has been designed from the ground up on the premise of maximizing the students desire to engage.
All our teachers provide a customized English learning experience through one-on-one, online instruction. Our program uses task-based methods that are specific to an employee’s job requirements, as well as his or her overall professional and educational needs. All of our instructors are part of a community of professional native English teachers with degrees from some of America’s top universities including Harvard, Yale and Berkeley. They have extensive English teaching experience, both in the US and internationally.
Talaera’s pedagogical method is one of differentiated instruction and problem-based learning. For us, “problem-based” means “problem-solving”. We see a natural connection between this approach and helping professionals improve their English communication skills.
Instruction that is differentiated just offers students more ways to achieve learning outcomes because it allows for personalization within a proven framework. That’s why we designed a curriculum both sequenced for progression and flexible enough to accommodate individual goals.
In the first Session, teachers and learners shape the course structure to address the learner’s communication challenges in the workplace.
Subsequent Sessions introduce new concepts and ask the learner to complete Practice Work tasks related to their job.
In each Session, teachers use a formative assessment process where learners are asked to analyze the challenges and successes in their Practice Work.
At the end of a course, learners have a portfolio of work that demonstrates advancement in a way that standardized tests cannot.
Yet a method is only as good as the people behind it, so we choose teachers who are the kind of people you want to have a conversation with. People who recognize that understanding cultural diversity is crucial to professional communication. Our best teaching practices not only require subject matter proficiency but a cultural proficiency as well.
We believe that collaborative learning begins with a human connection, and it is through a culture of collaboration that we support our teachers and our learners in turn.