At Anglo Centres TEFL you will be taught by experienced professionals with vast knowledge in teaching methods and practice.

Rob Bianchi

Rob Bianchi holds a MEd in ELT and has been an active EFL teacher for 25 years. He is the founder and managing director of Anglo Centres. Rob's also a tutor and course director on the various TEFL courses offered by Anglo Centres TEFL and is deeply involved in the development of teacher education systems and policies. He has worked within the mainstream sector of Spanish education holding the post of Head of ELT at a secondary school in Tarragona. Rob's also an accomplished cook and landscape gardener famous for his good Welsh humour!

Vince Ferrer 

Vince Ferrer holds a MEd in ELT and a TESOL Diploma and is currently based in Tarragona where he combines his role of Director of Studies for Anglo Centres language schools with teaching for the local URV University. He is also an experienced teacher trainer and TEFL course writer and acts as course director and tutor on Anglo Centres TEFL courses. His main interests are TEFL methodology and distance learning education and has written numerous articles for several ELT publications. One of his latest interests is the use of humour in the English Language classroom and together with Rob he has run workshops at various ELT conventions. In his free time Vince loves playing basketball, reading and watching TV series.


Paula Houlker

Paula Houlker is a qualified EFL Teacher.  After completing a CELTA course in Mid Kent College, Maidstone, England, she began teaching English to adults and teenagers of all nationalities.  Her career in teaching began in the University of Kent in Canterbury teaching closed groups of Italian and Spanish adult students of various levels.  In 2001 she made the move to Barcelona, where she started teaching very young children as well as adults.  Teaching teenagers, children and very young children became her passion and she started taking on more senior roles in this field.  Paula now works in Tarragona teaching children and babies in local nursery schools as well as being the Young Learners Coordinator for Anglo Centres.  She also carries out in-house young learners training sessions from time to time.  Paula’s other interests are cooking, especially learning new local recipes, English literature and spending time with her family.

Joana Helms

Joana Helms is a qualified and experienced EFL instructor with studies in English and Spanish Philology at the University Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona. She has 15 years of experience teaching  English to very young learners and teenagers and she is also a fluent translator. Joana  has been working for Anglo Centres for the last ten years and she is specialized in teaching young learners and teenagers and preparing them for the Cambridge ESOL exams.  Teaching babies  is also one of her  main interests and at the moment she’s teaching preschool students at local nurseries. In her free time Joana loves playing basketball with her children, reading South American literature and listening to Bruce Springsteen!

Jane Ward

Jane Ward is a qualified TEFL instructor with years of experience under her belt. She qualified in Barcelona, lived and worked there for 5 years, focusing mainly on in-company classes, but also teaching some younger learners.  She has now been in Tarragona for 5 years, and during that time has taught a wide variety of ages and levels, both general and business English, responding to individual requirements.  She has particular experience in Cambridge exam preparation and business English, where she focuses on communicative activities and presentation skills, taking full advantage of her previous business experience in both the retail and hotel & catering sectors. In her free time, Jane loves entertaining at home, and is a huge fan of F.C.Barcelona.  She’s also an avid reader, and a great music lover with very varied tastes!!


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  • Your TEFL now in Barcelona too!

    At Anglo Centres TEFL we have exciting news for you: From now on the 4-Week TEFL and Combined TEFL course can be taken in the vibrant city of Barcelona – Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. Therefore our TEFL students will now be able to choose between our main teacher training centre in Tarragona and our new [...] [Read more...]

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  • What should I pack for my TEFL?

    Top 10 things to pack for your TEFL course A frequently-asked question by those about to embark on a residential TEFL or TESOL course abroad is what they should put in their suitcases. Here is a checklist of things (in no particular order) that may come in handy at some stage of your TEFL adventure. [...] [Read more...]

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  • The Mother Tongue in the Classroom (2)

    In this second article our Head of Teacher Training, Vince Ferrer, reflects on the use of the mother tongue to promote noticing and how translation may be a classroom aid to scaffold learner language. With the emergence of research into the role of form-focused instruction, teacher-researchers have begun to acknowledge the mother tongue as a [...] [Read more...]

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  • Down to One Word (Text Reduction)

    Paragraph reduction – A fun way of focusing students on sentence and paragraph formation. Level: Pre-intermediate upwards Time: 10-20 minutes Language Focus: Past simple; sentence and paragraph structure Aim: Students take turns and remove words from a paragraph until there is only one word left. Here’s the procedure: 1)      Write a sample sentence on the [...] [Read more...]

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