I opened The English Center in 2015 so that high-quality classes for children and adults could be available in our community. After over 20 years of teaching at other language schools, I was inspired to start my own learning center to help people achieve their English goals. My teaching model includes small class sizes, enriching lessons for all levels, highly-qualified teachers, and a student-centered environment with complete English immersion.
Over the years, hundreds of adults and children have benefited from my school's unique philosophy and successful methods. As The English Center has grown, I have had the opportunity to team up with more teachers who share my vision. In 2018, I was fortunate to hire Blanka. She is highly qualified, very experienced, and we share a true passion for teaching. Later, in 2019, Gabriela joined our team. Her experience with children's playgroups has greatly benefited the school. We all work very well together with a constant focus on quality English lessons, and I feel grateful to have them on my team.
At The English Center, we provide an English-speaking environment not just for students but also for the community. We host monthly Networking Nights, where adults in the community can meet others and practice English in a casual and friendly environment. Additionally, we have a monthly book club that anyone can join for book discussions in English. Furthermore, we are proud to offer an extensive English library for both adults and children that is open to the public.
Founder & School Director
English instructor for both children and adults
Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on TESOL for children Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
CELTA - University of Cambridge (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
Certificate in Online English Language Teaching - Cambridge Assessment
Kelsey is a native English speaker from Massachusetts, U.S.A. She started teaching in 1998 when she studied Early Childhood Education at the University of Massachusetts. She earned a B.A. in Spanish, and then in 2000 she obtained her CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from Cambridge University. She lived in Spain for numerous years teaching Business English, Cambridge Exam preparation, and general English to students of all ages.
In 2005, Kelsey joined the Peace Corps and had the opportunity to relocate to China where she taught English at a university for two and a half years. In 2008, Kelsey returned to the United States where she taught English and Spanish in Washington DC while working on her Master’s in Education.
In 2011, Kelsey and her Swiss husband moved from the United States to Switzerland. They have two young boys and are raising them bilingually.
Besides being a native English speaker, Kelsey also speaks German, Spanish, and basic Chinese. Having been a language student herself, Kelsey understands the importance of qualified teachers, diverse learning methods, and keeping the focus on the student’s needs.
Throughout Kelsey’s extensive teaching career, she has had the pleasure of teaching in various businesses, community colleges, and both public and private schools. In addition, she has prepared
hundreds of students for Cambridge Exams, as well as IELTS and TOEFL. In 2015, Kelsey started The English Center in Langenthal so that children and adults in the community could access high-quality English lessons. Kelsey is proud of her student-focused school and she truly enjoys helping students of all ages and levels achieve their English goals.
Blanka started teaching in 2000 and has since taught all age groups and levels including general English, business and technical English, as well as preparation classes for PET, FCE, CAE, BEC, IELTS, and TOEFL. She holds a Master's degree in English Literatures and Languages from the University of Berne in Switzerland and is a Ph.D. candidate in Anglophone Literary & Cultural Studies.
Blanka loves English and world literature, learning languages, listening to music (from yodel to metal), and hiking in Emmental. Her favorite saying is “Learn as if you were to live forever”.
At The English Center, Blanka teaches mainly business and general English as well as Cambridge exam preparation courses. She says:
“I love teaching at The English Center because it provides me with lots of flexibility and independence in my teaching approach. We are an experienced teaching team and yet we are never stuck in a rut; we are constantly growing and exploring new teaching grounds, be it by attending teachers' conferences, learning about online teaching tools or finding and exchanging exciting new teaching materials.
Meeting a lot of different people, tailoring classes to their individual needs, helping them improve their language skills and teaching them how to acquire the mindset of a language learner - those are some of the main aspects of my teaching and it is what makes my work at The English Center always exciting and fresh.
I often don't think of myself as a language teacher but as a professional language student because, after all this time, I still have a lot to learn. Just like in the world of fitness, successful foreign language learning is a long-term commitment and a lifestyle - there are no shortcuts or easy solutions. "
After living abroad for many years, Gabriela and her husband officially became dual citizens in New Zealand and Switzerland. They moved back to their homeland of Switzerland in 2015 with their young daughter. They both speak English fluently and are raising their daughter bilingually. They live in an old farmhouse in Madiswil and enjoy being outside and gardening. They even have some goats!
Gabriela is not only a trained playgroup leader, but she is also a registered 'Tagesmutter' and has completed first aid training for children. She has worked in several playgroups in the area and joined The English Center in August 2019. She has been a wonderful asset to our school and we feel very lucky to have her on our team!
"Als erstes möchte ich mich bei dir Bedanken, dass du immer wieder Video von den Kindern machst, die Kinder so liebevoll behandelst und ihnen viel englisch beibringst." - Eltern von Kind
“I like the very interesting and useful discussions with Blanka. I liked the new words I learned and I try to integrate them in the discussions and texts. For my needs, Blanka is a great teacher! Thank you very much!” D.F.- B2/C1 level student
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