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OUR STORY

We are a group of teachers in Victoria, BC. In 2015, we decided to change the way English is taught to international students. We knew that everyone is different; people have different backgrounds, interests, and dreams! We had also learned new languages, and fast.

Would it be possible to learn English quickly - in less than 6 months? How can people from different countries learn so much, so fast? What if learning English was interesting and designed for each person?

In November 2016, two organizations, Vancity and the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation, liked the idea of our school, so they loaned us some money to make sure that we would be able to offer this valuable service to anybody who has a dream of communicating their ideas to the world.

WELCOME TO A NEW WORLD.

On June 20, 2016, we opened our dream school, Real English Victoria (REV). We are a special type of business called a worker co-operative. This means that the staff and teachers are also the owners of the school. We can make changes quickly to help our students learn better.

Since 2016, we have been providing students with a unique way of improving English communication skills that is interesting, effective, fun, and meaningful. We are a small school with small classes.

The teachers at REV have many years of learning languages and teaching others, and now we have shared the secret to learning English faster with over 300 people from all over the world.

REAL ENGLISH IS DIFFERENT.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to provide innovative, student-led educational services; to create employment opportunities for co-op members; and to build a strong, diverse community.

  • Real English is not boring.
  • Real English is not like a textbook.
  • Real English is not something you can test on paper.
  • Real English is not like what other people think.
  • Real English can be learned in 6 months.
  • Real Life, Real English at Real English Victoria.

OUR VALUES

Co-operation

Work together to create amazing things.

Perseverance

Keep pushing to go further.

Community

Connect with the people and businesses of Victoria and make your new home.

Honesty

Be honest with who you are. We want to know the real you.

Happiness

A happy life is a successful life.

Innovation

Make your ideas become real.

Respect

Respect others - and yourself.

Diversity

Celebrate what makes us different. We welcome everyone!

TEACHERS & STAFF

GREG DEMMONS

  • Education is essentially curiosity.
  • I love seeing curious people discover things for themselves.
  • Every moment I am teaching is a special moment. I love being in a classroom!
  • My hidden talent is writing poetry.
  • I'm scared of politicians.

Greg has been teaching English to international students, office workers, scientists, CEOs, and parents and children for over 15 years! He has developed unique and high-quality programs for students in South Korea, Japan, India, and Canada.

Greg has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick and has studied Advanced TESOL at the University of Leicester, as well as Educational Leadership at Vancouver Island University. He holds a CELPIP General instructor training certificate. Greg is is also a certified K-12 independent school teacher in BC.

PATRICIA AYUKAWA

  • “Always be willing to step up” – Ani Migme is the best piece of advice I have ever received.
  • I'm passionate about: soil, plants, water, air.
  • My hidden talent is in playing the Japanese koto.

Patricia has been involved in the ESL industry since the late 1980s. She has lived abroad extensively: 10 years in Japan and more than 4 years in South Korea. She has served as the director of a group of schools in South Korea. Patti was also the owner/operator of a franchise school in Kyoto, Japan.

Patricia holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

DREW THOMPSON

  • I admire my university Chinese history professor, M. K. Leung, who encouraged me to get into teaching.
  • I love education because it allows people to expand their minds and opens up opportunities that may otherwise stay closed.
  • My guilty pleasure is staying up late and playing video games.
  • I live in Victoria because I was raised in Saskatchewan and have survived the cold long enough.

Drew was born and raised in the Canadian prairies and attended the University of Saskatchewan. After graduation he moved to Toyone Village in Japan with the JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching) Programme where he started his career in education teaching kindergarten, elementary, and junior high at multiple schools.

Drew holds a B.A. in Arts and Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan.

MELISSA YUE

  • There is nothing more exciting, challenging, and rewarding than to learn something new
  • I love reading horror and fantasy!
  • I live in Victoria because it is beautiful everywhere, every day – and so many flowers!

Melissa has always had a passion for teaching and believes that there are few things better than helping someone discover their own interests and abilities. She has a strong interest in how languages change and understanding the role that culture plays in a person’s life.

Melissa graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.A. in Applied Linguistics. She holds a TESL Level 2 Interim Certificate.

THERESA LEASK

  • I love it when students ask intelligent questions which challenge me to learn more about my own language!
  • My guilty pleasure is Starbucks iced mochas on a sunny summer afternoon!
  • I’m passionate about music and camping.

Theresa knew exactly what she wanted to do at the age of fifteen, and she is still doing it! She loves learning about different teaching approaches as well as how language works, both of which she relies on in the classroom.

Theresa majored in Applied Linguistics from the University of Victoria. She also completed the Co-operative Education Program and spent three of her four work terms teaching abroad in Mexico and France. From 2012 to 2015, Theresa taught English to all ages at the YMCA in Taichung, Taiwan.

Theresa holds a B.A. in Applied Linguistics and a TESL Level 2 Interim Certificate.

PENNY HUANG

  • I love the moment when a student’s eyes light up with the excitement of “Ah, I finally got it!”
  • My favourite quote is “Our life is the creation of our mind.” – Buddha.
  • I can sleep anytime and anywhere!

Penny loves teaching and has been teaching for over 15 years! She’s taught ESL, EFL, Business English, and Power Speaking, and has also tutored numerous students on various test preparations.

Penny holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a TESL Level 2 Interim Certificate, and a CELPIP General Instructor Training Certificate.

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