Faculty

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Teachers


Mr. Afshin

Mr. Afshin

Ms. Hala

Ms. Hala

Mr. Hojjat

Mr. Hojjat

Mr. Juan

Mr. Juan

Ms. Kira

Ms. Kira

Ms. Kurdistan

Ms. Kurdistan

Ms. Laura

Ms. Laura

Ms. Shara

Ms. Shara

 


Mr. Afshin

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Mr. Afshin

I was born to a Kurdish family in the northwest of Iran. I studied mathematics at high school and at the same time managed to achieve my ICDL certificate from the Iranian Techno-vocational Organization.


I was also interested in arts and took up calligraphy in my hometown which later on proved to be an indispensible part of my character for it is present in everything I do.


Teaching is also an art and as I already said I am a man of art. I majored in TEFL(BA) in 2008 from Sanandaj University in Iran. I started teaching while I was still a university student. I was also teaching English and Farsi calligraphy for which I was fully known at university.


I have been teaching English for about eight years now and I have taught a variety of English textbooks from elementary to advanced levels at different institutes in Iran.


I have also worked as a supervisor at various institutes and a councilor helping students who had difficulty overcoming psychological barriers and learning their stuff at school. I have also worked as a translator in Iran rendering legal, industrial, social etc. texts from English into Farsi, Kurdish and vice versa for I am fluent in all of the mentioned.


I am good at soaking up different cultures and I am a gregarious person. These two characteristics of mine have proved beneficial in my career. I also have a keen sense of humor for which I am well-known among people who are dear and near to me.


In my free time, I love writing calligraphy in both English and Farsi, reading novels, poems as well as books on education which can help me enhance my knowledge in the field.


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Ms. Hala

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Ms. Hala

Teaching was and will always be the inspiration of my life.

 

I have always dreamed of having a career in teaching, since my early years of studying I was preparing myself to be a teacher. in 1995 I graduated from the college of Business Administration with high degree which enabled me to start my Master degree immediately but for some special reasons and circumstances I couldn't continue my study, nevertheless I kept moving with my journey to pursuit my dream.


In 2007 my family and I moved to Syria regarding the security situation that occurred in Baghdad and since then the fate has played a major role in changing my life ,I found myself in a new career of teaching English language to adults in a private institute which I enrolled in to study the TOEFL, the manager asked me to teach there taking in consideration my excellent language as I lived in England when I was a child ,since that time I was inspired by my students ,the materials and the whole new wonderful atmosphere of teaching ,and I kept improving my teaching skills which were finally enriched with passing the CELTA course which is a certificate I hold now that gives me the license to drive the wheel of my life toward other successes and help others to achieve their goals in learning the significant and inspiring language of English .


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Mr. Hojjat

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Mr. Hojjat

I was born in 1985 to a middle-class family in the suburbs of Tehran in Iran. As a school boy I was really fond of mathematics and I had always wanted to major in engineering but this dream of mine was never realized despite the fact that I gained admittance to mine-engineering college at Mashhad College.

 

I decided to study TEFL at university due to my avid interest in teaching English and later on I also took up translation studies and graduated in the aforementioned majors.

 

I was teaching well before gaining admittance to university. By the time I found my way through university I had already been teaching English for one year!

 

I have of course worked various jobs as an interpreter at different occasions and industries, coordinator at different firms, workshop supervisor and so forth.

 

Later on due to my interest to media and journalism, I managed to land a job at Press TV which is the Iranian international English broadcasting channel. I worked for it for about two years and then I decided to travel to Erbil in Kurdistan meaning that I quit my job at Press TV.

 


I have been teaching English for nine years now and I have taught various courses the gamut of which runs from elementary to advanced levels needless to mention that I have also taught TOEFL, IELTS and university entrance exam prep programs.I am a very flexible person and I am used to working under pressure and my self-possession has always helped me through difficult times. I am also an avid reader and enjoy travelling and learning. That is me in a nutshell.

 

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Mr. Juan

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Mr. Juan

My name is Juan. I was born and raised in Syria but I have also lived in Saudi Arabia and Kurdistan because my father is an English teacher.


My father passed on a love of languages to me and my brother and inspired us to learn English. His encouragement led me to Damascus University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the English Department.


Before I moved to Irbil, I taught English to children in the Syrian countryside.


I love proverbs and enjoy reading novels, especially dramas. My favourite writers are Shakespeare, Dostovesky and Christopher Marlow, and my favourite book is Crime and Punishment.


My dream is to continue studying drama and live a good, simple life, in the peace and quiet of nature, surrounded by mountains and rivers.


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Ms. Kira

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Ms. Kira

Since 2011, I have been traveling and working in the Middle East, teaching English and working as a freelance journalist and photographer. Before moving to Irbil, I lived in Cairo, where I taught English to Koreans and Egyptians and wrote about the environment.


My childhood was spent wandering the forests and foothills of the Canadian Rockies, reading Nancy Drew novels and National Geographic Kids, learning piano and playing sports. Later, I studied Geography at the University of Victoria, where my curiosity for the wider world quickly turned into permanent wanderlust.


Living in the Middle East has taught me how to cross a (very) busy street, given me a penchant for endless sweet tea and a previously non-existent appreciation for air conditioning.


In my downtime you’ll usually find me taking photos, reading – memoirs are my favourite, cooking, baking, running or teaching myself guitar. I love music, nature, Indian chai, Bam dates, hummus, summer thunderstorms and all things autumn.


To see some of my work, check out: thissecretsky.blogspot.com

 

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Ms. Kurdistan

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Ms. Kurdistan

I graduated from Salahaddin University-Hawler, College of Art in the English Department in 2007 and I started teaching the same year.


In the last seven years I have taught various group ages, starting from level 7 to level 12, along with teaching General English to adults at BII since 2010.


In addition to my major study, I have participated in several continuous professional development programs at a number of institutions such as The University of Kurdistan, Ishik University and Birmingham College UK.


I am genuinely interested in helping not just the most talented but also the less able to achieve their full potential here at BII. I believe that it is important to  respond effectively to the demands of our culturally diverse student population.


In the classroom I think creativity is important  and a passion for my subject and a commitment to remaining up-to-date with new developments in my field. I have a passionate interest in educational issues and a keen desire to pass on knowledge.


If you want to invest in your future, then join my class.


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Ms. Laura

Teacher

Ms. Laura

I have been teaching English for three years and have worked as an ESL Teacher in Shanghai, China and England. I enjoy teaching all levels - from absolute beginners to advanced level speakers. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to work with both adults and children, and I appreciate teaching both in different ways.


Prior to teaching, I worked in media. After graduating from City University London in Journalism, I pursued a career in radio. I was fortunate enough to work all around the world at different radio stations, but my career eventually led me back to my home town to run a local radio station in Yorkshire, England.


I came to live in Erbil in the summer of 2013 to work at The British International Institute in a position which combines both my passions – radio and teaching. At BII I am involved in teaching classes and in the BII Radio station. You can tune in on 107.7 FM or visit the website at biiradio.com

 

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Ms. Shara

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Ms. Shara

I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Linguistics. During my time at university, I worked for the school as a French Tutor aiding my fellow classmates improve their grammar and help them perfect their spoken French. I decided to then supplement my degree by acquiring a TEFL Certification through the International TEFL Academy.


My certification allowed me to travel to rural Thailand from April 2013 to September 2013 to teach beginner and intermediate level high school students in a lovely rural school in the Isan region. I was responsible for 700 students, creating curriculum and tests to suit their levels and advance their skills in the areas of listening and speaking.


Thailand was not my first journey abroad. I joined with Rotary International Youth Exchange Program from 2006-2007 for the opportunity to see the world. I journeyed to the south of France where I immersed myself in the culture for the purpose of becoming fluent in French. I attended school, made many friends, traveled all over Europe and even helped my French friends improve their English!


Learning languages is one of my greatest passions. I studied Italian and Russian while at university to compliment my French, I became proficient in Thai while teaching there and I plan to study Kurdish and Arabic while I live here in beautiful Erbil. I want to share with others my dedication to language-learning, so I am honored to be working with BII to show through proficient, professional teaching methods and first-hand experience how life-changing speaking a new language can be!

 

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