Meet the team

A selection of our teachers, translators and proofreaders


Academic Director
Teacher of English, GMAT, TOEFL & proofreader

DE / ENG

STEVE

 English and GMAT teacher in Zurich

Master of Arts (International Politics), CELTA, Goethe Certificate C2 (Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom), GMAT score: 770 (top 1% worldwide!), GRE score: in the 98th, 98th and 83rd percentiles worldwide for the 3 sections of the GRE he completed.

Steve was very friendly and understanding as well as being highly skilled.
— Bettina Schindler, English lessons

Steve is a New Zealander and has been living in Zurich for over a decade. He has been teaching English, GMAT and GRE since 2002 and has taught in a range of settings from one-on-one all the way up to large seminars in university settings. Steve has successfully prepared clients for a wide range of examinations including Proficiency, Cambridge Advanced, First Certificate, the BEC exams, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS and SAT. His fluent German can provide an insight into the traps German speakers sometimes fall into in English. He also speaks fluent Spanish and some French. A lover of good conversation, Steve ensures lessons are a pleasure. Try his easy-going, flexible approach!


English teachers

 Sara Cornforth English Teacher Private Lessons

SARA

B.A. English Literature and Film Studies (West of England University in Bristol), TEFL

The lessons with Sara were very helpful for me and I’ve been able to make great use of what I’ve learned in my everyday life. Sara is a very pleasant person with a good sense of humour and is able to focus very well on my learning needs. This makes the lessons fun and is very motivating.
— C. Grisendi, English lessons

Sara has travelled extensively privately and professionally. Her work experience includes over 4 years of teaching English and time at a multinational company travelling the world in charge of trade shows and corporate networking events.
Born in the UK, Sara has also lived in Spain and Switzerland. A highlight of her time in Spain was teaching at Barcelona FC, training footballers and directors to handle the BBC! 
Having experienced the challenges of language learning through her mastery of Spanish, she is the perfect person to improve your specialised business communication or to prepare you for a wide range of exams. In her free time she loves hiking the trails of South America and Switzerland.


English Teacher Jeremy

JEREMY

TESOL

Jeremy is an open and very communicative teacher, whose lessons are lively, varied and interesting. I really appreciate his cheerful approach, which I find very motivating.
— Vera Martin, English lessons

Jeremy is an Englishman living and teaching in Zurich for the past three years. He holds a TESOL qualification and has over 10 years experience teaching English in a variety of settings. He has done everything from helping children take their first steps with the language, to working with businesses and helping staff members improve their English skills. Jeremy is comfortable teaching groups or delivering personal tuition. Although he also speaks German and Spanish, his first love is the English language, and his past experience includes writing and developing plays for the English theatre.


Harry English Teacher

HARRY

TEFL, Seven years experience at SIS, Swiss International School, will complete CELTA in 2018

Harry is a highly engaged teacher, who can respond well to individual needs. His lessons are always very varied and end far too quickly. From my point of view, everything is fine as it is and nothing should be changed – something that works doesn’t need fixing. Harry is top-notch, both personally and professionally! The format gives me the freedom and time to organise myself in my professional work as well. If needed, we can do something spontaneously that’s different to what’s been planned, like editing a presentation. You can see that Harry likes to teach and is good at adapting his teaching to his students. The lessons are always very well prepared and there is enough space to discuss individual issues.
— André Germann, JURA Management AG, English lessons

Harry is from Cambridge and brings a little bit of Britain to each lesson. He creates a highly motivating environment for learning, and has a talent for quickly building the confidence of the learner (in particular their speaking skills). Harry uses a wealth of “real-world” experience when teaching English.

Prior to working at an International School in Zurich for seven years, he was a TV Producer in London. He covered two FIFA World Cups, the Champions League, Premiere League and the London Olympics, working across Europe, North America, Asia and the Far East.

In his free time, Harry plays basketball, reads a lot, and is passionate about film. A part from the irritating halftime breaks at the cinema, he loves life in Switzerland!


John English Teacher

JOHN

John’s doing a great job. He’s good at structuring the lessons. He does it in a way that makes learning fun.
— Alexandra, English lessons

B.A. Hons. Sociology, Geography and Political Science (NUIG), Masters of Education in Applied Linguistics (MEd.) (Open University), CELTA

John is originally from Galway City, Ireland and has been living in Switzerland since 2003. He is a native speaker of English, but he also speaks German. With over 15 years of experience teaching English, John joined nativespeakers.ch after 7 years at Bezirksschule Windisch, where he was also a class teacher.

With vast experience in Cambridge PET, First Certificate, Advanced, Proficiency, BEC and IELTS, John specialises in fluency and activating passive English through speaking. He has conducted extensive research into blended learning and web assisted language learning in classroom settings. John has also written a novel, which he is preparing for publication.


 English teacher, Italian - English translator and proofreader

ROBERT

MA Hons English (Aberdeen), M.St. General Linguistics and Comparative Philology (Oxon, Wolfson), CELTA

You realise that you are working with a linguist. Robert doesn’t just translate the words. At the same time he explains the meaning and etymology of the terms.
— P. Killer, English lessons

Alongside degrees in Literature and Linguistics, Robert has over two decades of experience teaching internationally in a wide range of corporate and academic settings. He has also built up a substantial track-record as a translator and proofreader, ranging from European politics and current affairs to Renaissance philosophy, German Enlightenment literature, Italian gastro-tourism, marketing and ophthalmology. Robert is what you might call a global citizen. Born in Italy to British parents, he grew up speaking English and Italian. A passionate traveller, writer and aikido practitioner he has worked and travelled in many far-flung destinations. Enjoy a conversation with Robert on just about anything to improve your small-talk. Or prepare for one of the Cambridge exams or the IELTS.

Robert is also one of our translators and proofreaders for English and Italian.


KATIE

Master of Arts (Biological Sciences), PhD (Molecular Biology), CELTA

Katie comes from England and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford and her post-graduate studies at University College London. A short stint at the BBC World Service convinced Katie she was more interested in the communication of science than research and she then spent several years within the medical communications field, working as a writer and editor on both academic publications and more general media, mainly in the UK charitable sector. After moving to Zürich, Katie retrained as an English teacher and now enjoys helping others communicate their ideas.


 Learn English in Zurich with Rob

ROB

Master of Arts in English Literature

Excellent teaching, makes lessons easy and enriching. Could highly recommend Rob as your future teacher.
— A. D., English private lessons

Rob joined the nativespeakers.ch team in August 2013. Prior to coming on board, he worked for seven years as a high school teacher at a private gymnasium, where he headed the English Literature Department. He holds an MA in English Literature from "The Open University", but is equally versed in ESL teaching, with 33 years of experience. In his free time, he enjoys reading and exploring Switzerland and Europe by bicycle.


German teachers

 German teacher

IRENA

Irena comes across in a very natural way and is friendly, engaged and skilled.
— Heinz Zöllig, German lessons

Irena is a German teacher who brings enthusiasm and many years of experience to her lessons. She is a native speaker of German and is fluent in English and French. She has previously worked as an editor for technology and education in the Communications Department at ETH Zurich (Computer Science Division) and at the Hasler Foundation.
Irena also authors reports and publications in various scientific fields and is interested in global processes, personal development, art, music and cultural movements – but above all her focus is on her individual students in the classroom.


David Deutschlehrer

DAVID

From conversation classes to individual tutoring and structured diploma preparation courses

David has taught at high school as well as at FMS, HMS and IMS for more than 20 years. Over the last 10 years he has gained in-depth expertise and extensive experience in adult education. He makes use of a wide variety of teaching formats, such as language cafés, diploma courses, and individual and group lessons. After gaining the Swiss Federal Certificate of Competence for Trainers (SVEB 2) in 2012, he has been continually refining his skills and specialises in facilitation techniques and teaching for individual learning styles. His broad range of experience, his holistic approach to teaching and his customer focus are hallmarks of his modern foreign language coaching. David speaks German, French, English and Italian.


French teachers

 French Teacher

CORINNE

Master’s in Social Anthropology, B.A. in English and American Literature, Montessori Pedagogical Qualification

Corinne is a very sensitive and empathetic person, who is highly responsive to my needs as a language learner.
— A. Meienberg, French lessons

Corinne’s first job as a teacher was teaching French in Italy. This reflects her bilingual abilities in French and Italian. Something of a language genius, she has also passed The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English and is improving her German. She has a Master’s in Social Anthropology from Paris X University and a Montessori pedagogical qualification. She is also an accomplished author of fairy tales! Ask her about her literature studies. Her wide range of cultural interests include classical ballet, jazz music and Japanese culture and literature. Whether you are preparing for an exam or seeking to improve your conversational skills, Corinne is the perfect teacher for you. Awaken the Parisian within you with Corinne’s help!


BRIGITTE

The children have made great progress, thanks to Brigitte. They understand the structure and grammar of the French language better now and their spoken French is more fluent.
— S.N., French lessons for children

Brigitte is one of our most experienced French teachers. She has been teaching adults, children and groups with passion, sensitivity and expertise for many years. She is skilled in quickly adapting her teaching to meet the needs of her students. Brigitte is French and is also a Swiss citizen. She speaks very good German and will expertly help you to overcome the language barrier. You are in good hands with Brigitte – she is looking forward to her lessons with you!


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A selection of our translators and proofreaders

English native speakers

 German to English translator and proofreader

CHRIS

Bachelor of Arts (German and Chinese), Trinity Certificate TESOL

Chris has a background in banking, a degree in languages, and 20 years of experience in translations and proofreading. Chris has a meticulous approach to his work and his reliability makes him a pleasure to work with. He is prepared to do research and familiarise himself with the necessary terms in your particular field.


 Translation and Proofreading

MARIE

M.A. (Hons) in Languages, Interpreting and Translation (French/German), MITI

Marie has loved languages since she discovered French at the age of four. After picking up German and (now rusty) Japanese, she went on to study interpreting and translation at prestigious institutions in the UK, France and Austria before heading home to focus on her passion for English communication. Since then, she has never stopped learning – and her ongoing copywriting and legal training (she’s a qualified legal secretary!) give her an edge in her specialist fields: business, marketing and law. A self-confessed perfectionist with a keen eye for detail, Marie always makes sure clients receive nothing less than a flawless text that’s carefully tailored to their needs. Whether you need high-end marketing materials, pivotal legal contracts or impressive annual reports, your reputation is safe with her.


German native speakers

 Übersetzungen und Korrekturlesen Deutsch

KAROLINE

Qualified Translator. MSc in Translation and Conference Interpreting

Karoline knew from an early age that she wanted to work as a translator and interpreter. After successfully graduating from high school, she commenced her studies at FTSK in Gemersheim, Germany. Once she had gained her degree, she pursued her career in Edinburgh. Since 2008 she has been working as a freelance translator and interpreter. She translates from English, French and Russian into German and specialises in IT, SEO, marketing and medicine.
Karoline is involved in professional associations and is an active member of NZSTI, AITI and  DVÜD. She attaches great importance to professional development andregularly attends conferences of translators and congresses in her specialist areas, and participates in Webinars. In 2012 she moved from Scotland via Canada to New Zealand, where she has been living ever since. There she can be found in the summer months in the ocean, enjoying her hobbies of diving, snorkeling and surfing.


Backoffice team

CEO

 CEO nativespeakers.ch

SARAH

Sarah comes from England and has lived in Switzerland for 30 years. She has a perfect command of both English and German and has gathered 12 years of experience in translating and proofreading for renowned educational institutes and businesses. Sarah is the owner of nativespeakers.ch and leader of the pack. She guides the company and the team well in her creative and warm-hearted way and with her flair for business. You can always rely on her! 


Head of translation services

 General Manager nativespeakers.ch

BEATE

Beate comes from Germany and lives with her family in Switzerland. Her English is of such a high standard that she is considered bilingual, and she has many years of experience in translations. Beate is primarily responsible for translations and proofreading in all language combinations. She will answer any question you may have on these topics and will select qualified translators and proofreaders, who will undertake your project professionally and provide a product of the highest quality. Our customers appreciate her friendly, knowledgeable and extremely reliable character. Get in touch with her – she is always ready to help you!


Head of language studies

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CARL

PhD

Carl was born in Stockholm and grew up in Switzerland. He is fluent in German and Swedish and has excellent spoken and written English. Carl studied History, Economics and Scandinavian Literature at the Universities of Zurich, Lausanne and Stockholm. After this he gained an additional qualification in Management and worked as Programme Manager and Associate Dean at two renowned international business schools in Switzerland. As Head of Language Studies, Carl is responsible for the coordination of our language teaching and is your go-to person when you are looking for the right language teacher.


Customer service


 German teacher, customer service

CÉLINE

M.A. English Literature & Linguistics and History, Teaching Diploma

Céline holds a Master's Degree in English Literature & Linguistics and History. At the
moment she is finalising her teaching degree to enable her to teach in Swiss high schools. She
is from Switzerland and her mother tongue is German. Céline supports the nativespeakers.ch team with administrative tasks, marketing and customer service.


Backoffice assistants
EMIL, THEO AND LILA

We like food and walkies, and try to keep office morale high!



Other team members

To complement our core team of teachers and translators, we collaborate with a number of other experienced teachers, translators and proofreaders.