Learn English in New York - Learn English in Brooklyn ESL Awards "English School of the year 2016"

Teacher profiles

Our instructors are fluent speakers of English at a native level who push students to progress in their knowledge and understanding of the language as fast as possible.

All teachers are trained to design lessons around their students' interests, to make learning contextual, to keep their students motivated, and to build learner confidence. Our teachers' diverse and innovative teaching methods create a modern and demanding learning environment where students learn quickly and thoroughly about all aspects of the English language.

Being fully immersed in the target language is the only way to improve fast, that's why the only language spoken in our classrooms is English. To ensure that you follow the class without translation into your native language, your teacher will provide detailed explanations in English as well as visual support, e.g. pictures, symbols, illustrations. In addition, you will be able to derive meaning from context and from your teacher's facial expressions and gestures. Being exposed to English in this immersive manner ensures that you will learn new expressions and structures consciously as well as unconsciously. The more you are exposed to English the faster you will improve your language skills.

Linda Harel
Linda Harel
English Teacher

Cory Keny
Cory Keny
English Teacher

"Whatever you are, be a good one"
Baise Seyhan
Baise Seyhan
English Teacher

"A different language is a different vision of life."

Federico Fellini

Lauren Wyner
Lauren Wyner
English Teacher

"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."

Mark Twain

Joanie Wolkoff
Joanie Wolkoff
English Teacher

"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
Ethan Weil
Ethan Weil
English Teacher

"Teaching is the great education."

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Linda Harel

English Teacher

Years teaching: 6 years

University: Hunter College for undergraduate, and NYU for grad school

Hometown: Queens

How did you start teaching ESL?
I decided to become a teacher after graduating from college. I was living abroad, taking Hebrew classes. ESL teaching seemed perfect for me because I've always been interested in language, and I love coming up with silly activities to get people talking. Also, I had been a journalism student in college, and this seemed like it would be another great way to ask questions to people from different backgrounds. When I came home, I applied to graduate school, and started teaching at a language school in Manhattan.

What is something about you that would surprise your students?
Um... They might be surprised to learn that I know how to juggle. Although I'm not very good at it, so they probably wouldn't find it too surprising.

Have you ever lived outside of the United States?
I lived in Israel for half a year.

What's your favorite pastime when you are not working?
Taking long walks and exploring the city.

Is there a good language learning tip that you give your students?
Just don't take yourself too seriously. Have fun with it!

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Cory Keny

English Teacher

Years teaching: 2 years

University: DePaul University

Hometown: Columbus, OH.

How did you start teaching ESL?
I first started teaching ESL after I graduated from college. I really wanted to travel to France, so I applied to a program that allowed me to spend nine months teaching English in Corsica. I taught in two public elementary schools in the beautiful city that is Ajaccio.

Who is your favorite film director?
One of my favorite film directors is Wes Anderson. A lot of Hollywood movies lack any sense of originality. In my opinion, Wes Anderson's films are a breath of fresh air. I think he has a great eye for composition, beauty and detail.

What is something about you that would surprise your students?
I refuse to go on rollercoasters. I am afraid that I will somehow fall to my death.

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Baise Seyhan

English Teacher

Years teaching: 16 years

University: Marmara University, Istanbul (Tesol, BA), Multilingual Education, M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ

Hometown: Darmstadt, Germany

What is something about you that would surprise your students?
I grew up in the 80s, so I was really into British punk rock and had a pet rat that I named Chelsea!

What's your favorite pastime when you are not working?
I always love to surround myself with water or trees, so whenever I can and weather permitting, I like to take little trips to the Hudson Valley area and spend time there with good friends. In the city, I love to see live shows of my favorite bands when they're playing in town, check out some art exhibitions, stroll around farmer's markets or flea markets, take pictures, dive into books and explore good eateries.

Is there a good language learning tip that you give your students?
Learning a foreign language is a long process; therefore, I believe that you have to love the language and its culture. If you're dedicated, passionate and do whatever you can to immerse yourself in the language, the outcome will be evident. Don't give up and have confidence!

What is your favorite part of teaching?
This might sound like a cliché, but as a teacher I get tremendous satisfaction when I see students improve and reach their goals. Hearing students outside of class use phrases or vocabulary that I taught them is priceless.

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Lauren Wyner

English Teacher

Years teaching: 5 years

University: BA in English from Vassar College and MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Have you ever lived outside of the United States?
I have lived and taught in both Vietnam and South Africa.

Is there a good language learning tip you give your students?
If you are not afraid to laugh at and with everything, including yourself, you will find that it is much easier to foster your English language identity.

Is there a hidden gem in New York that you would recommend to students?
The Chelsea galleries are the best and most affordable way to see art in the city. They're always free and have openings for new exhibitions on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm where you can sample wine and mingle with other aesthetes.

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Joanie Wolkoff

English Teacher

Years teaching: 4 years

University: American University of Paris

Hometown: Toronto

Is there a hidden gem in New York that you would recommend to students?
Louis Armstrong's house in Corona, Queens

Is there a good language learning tip that you give your students?
Eavesdrop on public transport :)

What is your favorite part of teaching?
Watching learners surprise themselves

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Ethan Weil

English Teacher

Years teaching: 11 years

University: Brandeis University

Hometown: Newtown, PA

Have you ever lived outside of the United States?
Yes. I have lived in South Africa, Spain, Germany, and Italy.

Is there a good language learning tip you give your students?
Keep a journal, and write in it as often as possible.

What's your favorite pastime when you are not working?
Songwriting. I play guitar, piano, and harmonica.

What is your favorite part of teaching?
Teaching teaches me everyday. In my classroom, I learn about the world, my students, and even myself.