Michael Gladwell, Manager

Tutor - Derby Language SchoolMichael has worked as an ESOL teacher for the past seven years. He started teaching in Oxfordshire and since then has taught in India, London, Derby and Burton.

He also studied Theology and Biblical Studies in Oxford and enjoys teaching that in different settings and countries. He has a passion for making learning interesting and engaging for the students.




Anthony Adams, Teacher

Anthony trained as a teacher in Nottingham Tutor - Derby Language Schoolearning his B.Ed.(Hons), and has been working in schools in Luton and Derby over a number of years since 1995. He has also tutored in Maths and English privately.

He has a Level 5 Additional Diploma in the Teaching of ESOL, and has taught English as a second language to people from a wide variety of countries and cultures, both in one-to-one contexts and in classes.

In 2012 he wrote the popular ‘Welcome to Derby’ basic English course which has been delivered through the NC Fusion initiative and the St Chad’s Trust with Upbeat Communities.

He travels to a variety of countries and loves to get to know different cultures and peoples – not least those to be found in Derby. Through this he has developed the ability to engage with people from many different backgrounds in his teaching.


Adam Martin, Teacher

Principal and founder of Derby Language School, Adam Martin, has many years of experience teaching English to speakers of other languages, both in the UK and overseas.

He is fully qualified as an English language teacher and lectures part-time in professional communication skills and English for Academic Purposes at the University of Derby.

His many years of teaching English as a second language have led to an ability to teach both large and small groups with confidence and to explain the many complexities of the English language in a way that is easy to understand and apply.

Through travel, friendship and involvement with Derby’s international community he has gained a rich understanding of many cultures and this understanding and insight have led to the unique vision and teaching style of the Derby language school.


Elliott Cooper, Teacher

Elliot is a well qualified, experienced teacher who enjoys teaching students from different countries. As well as holding a CELTA qualification Elliot also has a B.Ed (Hons) and a M.A. in Education for International Schools. Elliot has taught at primary, secondary and university, undergraduate and post graduate level both in the UK and abroad. One of Elliot’s recent highlights was planning and delivering a ten week employability programme for asylum seekers and refugees in conjunction with Upbeat Communities. Elliot enjoys international travel, although eating fried grasshoppers and silk worms is not something he would like to repeat in a hurry!



Elizabeth Hawkins, Teacher

Beth is passionate about languages and learning. After graduating from university she worked overseas for a linguistic organisation specialising in minority language groups. She has also worked in public and school libraries, promoting reading for pleasure and education. Since qualifying as an English language teacher in Nottingham she has tutored privately in Derby. She also works withrefugees and asylum seekers in the city.


Caroline McKen, Teacher

Jo Baille, Teacher