Caledonia is the Latin name given by the Romans to the land north of their province of Britannia, beyond the frontier of their empire, roughly corresponding to modern-day Scotland. The etymology of the name is probably from a P-Celtic source. Its modern usage is as a romantic or poetic name for all Scotland in general.
Caledonian English is a new family-run school founded and managed exclusively by experienced teachers. The founding Directors are Mr David MacFarlane and Mrs Hanane MacFarlane.
The long-term goal of Caledonian English is to create an association of highly qualified mother-tongue teachers, teaching consultants, and experts in education management to meet the ever-changing demands of our students in an increasingly global and connected world.
One of our strengths is our modern minimalist approach in everyday management using the latest technologies.
The elimination of complex and expensive management structures, intermediaries and the fact that we do not depend on third-party teachers, directors etc allows us to focus on our students and teaching English.
This allows us to concentrate our resources on the quality of the courses, guaranteeing unbeatable quality and value for our students.
We make our students' objectives ours and guarantee a top-quality teaching service at an affordable price.
Why Choose Caledonian
Founding Directors David and Hanane are a married couple of experienced mother-tongue English language teachers from the UK. David was born in Edinburgh and was brought up around different parts of the UK and has also previously worked and studied in Italy. Hanane was born in La Tronche in France but spent most of her formative and working years in the UK. They both graduated in foreign languages, literature, culture and social sciences at the University of Strathclyde - UK in 2007 and went on to specialise in postgraduate studies in education and social sciences graduating with a Masters of Research and Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2009.
After maturing their teaching career for a few years in state schools and universities in the UK they decided to use their knowledge and experience of learning and teaching modern languages to start a teaching career abroad.
We practice what we preach
Since we are both experienced and highly qualified language teachers, we actively speak three languages in our day to day life and we are the proud parents of two perfectly trilingual children. Teaching and learning languages are our life and we are eager to share our passion and knowledge with those who are willing to learn.
Our rich multicultural background, both academic and professional, gives us a special advantage as teachers of students from different backgrounds. Our experience teaching and managing schools, teachers and students of all ages and backgrounds gives us a more complete view of the various needs and requirements of different students. We have also worked and studied across different countries at all levels of the labour market from the service sector, to the corporate front and back office, to the classroom, enriching us with a unique insight and respect for all levels of society. In addition to being graduates and specialized in foreign literature, education and social sciences we also have different areas of expertise. This allows us to make our lessons more interesting and educational. We bring this rich cultural experience, insight, and personality into our lessons and we also believe that dynamism, humour, and wit are key in any successful learning environment so naturally we also bring our humour and personality to create a friendly and fun atmosphere.
There are so many schools and teachers nowadays claiming to have discovered some groundbreaking method, promising to bring you results and fluency in record times. However, experience has taught us that all students are different and that although there are general cultural and linguistic factors to be considered, there are also individual differences in the way each student approaches and learns a new language. Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” method to language learning and that is why we tailor and adapt our methods and lessons according to the individual needs and abilities of each of our students. Learning and Teaching is a two-way street and the most efficient method is to nurture a dynamic feedback loop where the teacher constantly adapts their lessons to the evolving needs of the student.
Although we are native speakers, we have a good working knowledge of Italian and other foreign languages, and we have first-hand experience of the various problems encountered in learning English from the perspective of another language and where there is often confusion, ambiguity and misunderstanding. We know the importance of speaking English during lessons and our method involves getting students speaking as early as possible. However, not all students are equal and we know very well when it is necessary to give explanations or make comparisons with the student’s native language.
Currently, many of our courses and projects are conducted in well-equipped classrooms off-site in collaboration with state schools. Our local school is designed to be modern and comfortable and is equipped with all the latest innovative technologies. Since we promise to provide a premium service, our school is intended to cater to small group sessions, private lessons and exam sessions.
We believe that the ideal learning environment should be welcoming and familiar but at the same time equipped with the latest multimedia technologies to create a fun and sociable atmosphere that stimulates true and lasting learning.
For off-site courses, wherever conditions are not met, we supply our own equipment and material to ensure all our students receive the same quality teaching and facilities.
Caledonian English is a Cambridge Preparation Center and also an accredited centre for Pearson LCCI and Gatehouse Awards. We only work with examination boards which are recognized by the British Council and regulated by Ofqual and most state education ministries around the world.
We want to work with you.
We offer freelance teaching services, collaborating on local and regional educational projects and initiatives, promoting innovation and a spirit of collaboration between private and state institutions to offer a better learning experience for students and teachers from all backgrounds. In addition, we offer translation and interpreting services for individuals, groups, companies and schools.