Director and Head of Department

Simon Harrison


Simon has worked in ELT for 15 years in the UK, Spain and Brazil, before joining UCT in 2014, where he established the English Language Centre.  His areas of interest include systems of collocation, prosodic features of speech, IELTS training, and business development in ELT.

Director of Studies

Monica Boshoff


Monica has over 15 years’ experience in the EFL industry and has experience in teacher-training, IELTS & Cambridge ESOL examining as well as working in Academic Management.  Monica is passionate about all areas of education, especially alternative progressive models. She also has a keen interest in teacher development.

Assistant Director of Studies

Alex Abdellah

BA (Hons), Delta, CELTA

Since training in Oxford, Alex has worked in a range of teaching, teacher training and ELT management positions in Cape Town and the UK.  His areas of interest include motivation in ELT, metacognitive learning strategies, lexical retention and recall.

EFL Teacher, TEFL Trainer and Social Media Manager

Christelle van Niekerk

BA, DELTA, Trinity CertTESOL

Christelle moved from a career in chartered insurance into ELT in 2012. She has taught in London, Manchester and Cape Town, joining ELC in 2015.  Her areas of interest include discourse in written production; lexical systems; developing learner autonomy.

EFL Teacher

Caval Stander

BSc (Hons), MSc, CELTA

Caval has worked in EFL for 20 years, teaching in Luxembourg, Angola and South Africa.

Digital Marketing Specialist

Koko Pambo


Koko worked as a front-end developer, speaker and business trainer, client manager and paid search specialist before joining ELC in 2019.  Koko’s current role involves driving the development of above-the-line advertising campaigns.

EFL Teacher & Accommodation Officer

Catherine Scott

BSocSc (Hons), TEFL

Catherine has worked in Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) and EFL since 2003 in South Africa and Spain. She ran EFL, EAP and TEFL courses at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) before joining ELC.  Her areas of interest include English for Academic Purposes and Digital Story Telling as a tool for teaching and learning in ELT.

EFL Teacher

Annaëlle More

BA, PGCE, TESOL, DipTESOL (current)

Annaëlle has been in the education field since 2007. She has had the wonderful opportunity to work as a high school teacher, EFL teacher as well as an academic manager. Annaëlle loves teaching and interacting with her students and colleagues.  Her areas of interest include materials development, creating a conducive classroom environment for the learners, and role playing as a tool for communicative language teaching.


Loren Claassen

Loren has been working at UCT for the last four years and joined ELC in 2018.  As well as reception and admin duties, she also manages the ELC Social Programme.

EFL Teacher

Karen Colvin


Karen has been an EFL teacher since 2018 and before that worked in a range of Educational settings and NGOs.  She has a particular interest in curriculumn and materials development.

EFL Teacher

Mike Thorne

BA, Higher Diploma in Education, CELTA

Mike is generally interested in education and training and different approaches to teaching and learning. His years in small business have given him a focus in language in the workplace. This includes English for business strategy, marketing, human resources and psychology.

EFL Teacher

Judith Stewart

BSocSc, BA (Hons), CELTA

Judi has over ten years experience as an ELF teacher, group facilitator and invigilator in China and South Africa.  She is also a researcher, writer and filmmaker and is interested in incorporating film into the curriculum.

EFL Teacher and TEFL Trainer

Charnel Williams


Charnel has taught in various language schools around Cape Town and abroad for the last 12 years.  Her areas of interest include allowing student-generated language to fuel the content and trajectory of the lessons, material-light lessons focusing on student output, and Teacher Training.