I’m an English coach, a mother of two (pre-) teenage boys and a big music fan. This year I joined the English Teachers Association of Switzerland, and became officially self-employed after having taught English for nearly twenty years.
My English teacher training began in Cambridge, England with a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) in 2001. After moving to Germany, in the same year, I started my first teaching position at a business English school Linguarama, Cologne.
As well as teaching one-to-one lessons for the first time, here I learnt to teach specialist English vocabulary. My students were auditors, insurance specialists, managers and managing directors as well as secretaries and supervisors.
My next teaching posts were in Freiburg i. Brsg. Germany, where I also took and passed my B1 German exam. Here I worked freelance, teaching in-company and free time courses, one-to-one lessons and even a pre-school group in a local kindergarten.
I moved to Switzerland, first Bern and then Zürich, in 2004 when I married my ex-husband. Shortly after arriving I found a job at Alphasprachstudio, now Alphasprachenwelt, where I taught until 2006. Thanks to excellent pre-service training, I learnt how to teach complete beginners and intensive English courses (Three to four hours a day for five days a week). The students here were from a wide range of different backgrounds and specialisms. Many had been sent to the school to learn English by the regional job centre, meaning that the lessons were an important step towards them getting a new job.
When I started a family I left Alpha because of the commute (I was living in Berne at the time). In Berne I worked as a freelancer for Flying Teachers and Migrosklubschule and gave private lessons. When I moved to Zurich I was able to transfer to Migrosklubschule Zurich, and also returned briefly to Alphasprachwelt in 2016, after the birth of my second son.
From 2016 to 2019 I decided to take a break from teaching and took time out to look after my children, tour with a band and, in 2019, take two semesters in specialist translation at the SAL (School of Applied Linguistics) in Zurich. Realising how much my new-found knowledge would help me in my English lessons and missing teaching, I decided to return to the profession and in January 2020 I founded “Sally Welti English Language Sevices”.
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