To speak English as we do in North America, you need conversation practice with native speakers. That’s why all NEI Teachers speak English as our first language.
Frith’s immersion language learning experiences inspired the NEI method, using web technology to create a program proven to help learners of English achieve their goals faster. She studied French in high school, then learned to speak Japanese during two years living in Japan, before becoming fluent in Russian as a college student. A successful serial entrepreneur, Frith created the Russia & Central Asia travel program for REI Adventures, and subsequently founded and built a software company, Sesame Communications. Master’s in International Studies (University of Washington), TESL-certified, Internet innovator.
Kristina's interest in language learning has translated into being both a lifelong student of languages and an ESL teacher. After graduating with a B.A. in Russian Studies, she decided that using language to connect people and bridge cultures was her passion. She graduated with a Master's in TESL, and has taught English to learners of all ages from Moscow to Seattle, at public schools, private schools, and colleges and universities, including the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington. She is currently challenging herself with the study of Turkish.
Richard graduated from Grinnell College in Cognitive Science with a focus on Linguistics. He taught English in Thailand, then earned his Master's degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Ohio University. He especially likes teaching speaking skills, business English, pronunciation, and academic preparation.
Alex discovered her passion for learning culture and language and helping others learn English while studying abroad in Siena, Italy as part of her BA in European Studies and Linguistics from the University of Washington. She then served a year in Literacy Americorps managing a conversational English program and fell in love with working with non-native English speakers. She received her MA in TESOL from Seattle University and went on to teach for ELS Language Centers and then spent 11 years teaching English and ESL at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington.
Erin has had an interest in languages and cultures for as long as she can remember which lead her to study almost a dozen languages. Over her life, she has lived in over 15 different countries on 4 continents, and has taught English in the US and South Korea, and business and English in Saudi Arabia. She obtained her MA in TESOL from Portland State University and is continuing her education toward her Doctorate of Education at University of Liverpool. Erin is also certified as a KET and PET speaking examiner. In her free time, she enjoys reading Science Fiction and historical fiction, hiking, and having coffee with friends.
Andrew graduated with a B.A. in Music in Toronto, Canada and completed his TEFL certification in Prague, Czech Republic in 2011. He has been teaching ESL since 2011 and also balances his time working as a musician and music teacher. After living and working in Moscow and Berlin, he developed an interest in learning foreign languages and cultures. He has taught ESL to students of all ages, including teaching everything from in-company Business English to conversational skills and exam preparation.