If you grow up with your mother being an English teacher your career is somehow predestined. I have always loved English language and culture and therefore it was easy to choose my field of study. In 2006 I graduated from the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc with a double major in English and History.
During my studies I worked as a volunteer PR-Responsible and President of AEGEE Prague (European Students’ Forum) and in 2002 I started working for the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies at Charles University (UJOP UK). Not only could I teach my favourite target groups of university students, but also courses for children, teenagers and adults.
In 2004-2005 I taught at The Bell School language school and in 2006 - 2007 I was employed by private university ESMA to cover Business English. In 2010 I was appointed the Head of Foreign Languages Department at UJOP UK and for two years enjoyed organizing and teaching English courses at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Then I took a break to become a mother of two and in September 2016 I returned to my beloved science students to ”carry on with the show”.
I was born in Jindrichuv Hradec, which is located in South Bohemia. I still have strong ties to the South Bohemian region. Recently, though, I have been all over the (Czech) map. I graduated from the Department of English and American Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. I studied both English language and literature program and Teaching English language and literature program. I’m now pursuing my PhD there. Yet, here I am currently living in Prague and doing my best applying what I learned. If you don’t see me doing something work/study related, you’ll probably catch me watching various kinds of sports or actively partaking in one.
Born in the town of Česká Lípa, I‘ve always wanted to discover the world. This is why, during the summer before my final year at high school, I decided to go strawberry picking to Scotland. The country with its stunning nature, lovely people and great whisky instantly became very dear to me to such an extent that I decided to go to university there. I graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in French and Spanish, lots of great memories and other international experience as a primary school English assistant in Chamonix, France and a translator and English teacher at the CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia, Spain. Then it was time to go back home, where I passed my CPE certificate and started working as a freelance English teacher in companies. I still hesitated between being a translator, interpreter or a teacher, but after recently coming back from a translation traineeship in the European Parliament and missing teaching so much, it was decided – my heart and brain were set to be those of an English teacher. In my free time, I enjoy creative activities, exploring: going for trips, reading, tasting new food, learning new languages, meeting inspiring people and also finally settling in to a country, city and job that I love.
After taking a year off to “do something about my horrible English” halfway through my Biology studies at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Charles University, I returned home from an au-pairing job in London to be asked to teach English in a little language school. I fell in love with the language, culture and people while in Britain and so I gave it a go. I never looked back, even though I had to eventually give up a researcher job at the National Museum when I was asked to join the language department at my alma mater in autumn 2012. I'm trying to keep in touch with biology through my PhD studies at the Botany Department of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. I´ve attended several teaching courses for teaching biology and English, including the “Teaching minimum” course at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and I´m currently attending an English Teaching Course at ČVUT
I have been a choir singer since I was 8, at the moment I am a member of the Charles University Choir (VUS UK), the Czech national choir Bohemiachor and REVOICE International Vocal Ensemble, where I also help as one of the major organisers. Also, I can't imagine my summers without a proper hike in the mountains.
Gábi has been working as a teacher, teacher trainer and a translator for most of her adult life. She enjoys working with students from all walks of life and is especially keen on working with adults. While studying English at the Pedagogical Faculty of Charles University she won a yearly scholarship and went to study English and Arts at Bard College in the USA. After her return from the US she went on to work as an English Teacher, Academic Manager and eventually a Director of Studies at various private language schools in Prague.
Later on she moved to Kuala Lumpur where she worked as a volunteer teacher and a day-to-day operations manager at a school for Burmese refugees for four years. Having returned from Malaysia she picked up where she left off – teaching English and translating once again. In her free time she enjoys photography, travelling, diving, going to concerts, turning her garden into a jungle and riding a scooter!
When I was fourteen, we had a subject at elementary school called “Choosing your career”. It might have been the first time I realised I wanted to be a teacher (or a bus-driver). My English wasn’t at a very good level and therefore I went three times to England for a one-month-stay to improve my language skills. I took IELTS exams twice (academic module) to get some certificate proving my level of English. A few years later I earned my degree at the Charles University in teaching mathematics and chemistry.
I started teaching at my old elementary school in 2012. A year later I also started working at a language school. I love my job because each subject and each class (and sometimes each lesson in the same class) is different. I also love playing badminton, running, cycling, listening to music or playing the piano!
Katherine is a Creative Writing and Academic Writing Teacher. She has a Master’s in Education from the University of Toronto, Canada, and has come to Charles University this year. For her Bachelor’s Degree, she majored in Biology, and has two minors in English and in Professional Writing. She taught Grade 11 Biology and Nature Studies in 2016, and has been teaching English, Science, and Writing ever since.
Currently on maternity leave
A native of Los Angeles, California, USA, Kathryn holds Bachelor degrees in both Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Kathryn started teaching at the University level in the Czech Republic in 2006 at the Technical University of Liberec, and has been teaching at Charles University since 2011. Kathryn’s love of traveling has taken her all over the globe. A few highlights include teaching English in South Korea, studying Spanish in Argentina and Peru, and conducting anthropological research in Uganda.
Her other interests include long distance running, spending time with her friends and family, and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.
...recently graduated in Chemistry and Mathematics for teachers at the Faculty of Science. During her studies, she spent about 18 months in different parts of the UK as an au-pair, student and teaching assistant and passed several English and English teaching courses at the Faculty of Arts, just for fun. Therefore she displays a strange and relatively rare property of wanting to teach English whilst not being afraid of Chemistry and chemists. She is overly fond of accents and pronunciation, prime numbers, large clumsy animals and anything related to Scotland. Apart from teaching English at the Faculty of Science, she also translates books, plays the flute and some other instruments and enjoys wearing non-matching socks.
I’ve been teaching English as an academic teacher, language school employee and private tutor for about 8 years now. I graduated from the University of Lodz, Poland, with a PhD in English linguistics (I specialise in English phonetics and phonology). I have taught various types of courses, ranging from General English to English Pronunciation and Presentation Skills.
Until recently, I had been employed as an academic teacher and researcher at the University of Lodz. Apart from teaching, I have published several scientific articles on non-native pronunciation and the acquisition of L2 speech (some of which you can find at my Academia profile page and presented my research at a number of local and international conferences.
While I was still employed at the University of Lodz, I completed a one-semester internship at Charles University in Prague. I worked at the Institute of Phonetics and taught English pronunciation to students of English between October 2016 and February 2017. While I was doing my internship, I also started working as an English teacher for Caledonian School.
The time spent in Prague made me realise that I want to stay here for good. After my internship had ended, I started looking for a permanent post here, and I’m very happy to have found a teaching position at Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies. Apart from UJOP UK, I’ve recently started working for the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, providing English support for the employees of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences.