Meet The Team

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    Kai Drews

    Principal

    Kai Drews completed a BA degree majoring in English and German and then continued to do an Honours and Masters degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. Previously the director of  Languagewise he has been the director of English Access since 2005.

      Heidi Drews

      Director of Studies / Teacher

      Heidi Drews completed a BA degree majoring in English and Social Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She did a TEFL course at Languagewise and has been teaching English to foreigners for the past 18 years. She taught at Languagewise and Wits Language School before joining English Access in 2007.

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        Sandra Lopez

        Examinations Officer/Teacher

        Sandra Lopez did a BA degree, majoring in Portuguese and French at the University of the Witwatersrand. After university she completed a TEFL course at Languagewise and has been teaching English to foreigners for 17 years. She taught at Magri’s Language Institute and Languagewise before joining English Access in 2006.

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            Shannon Szabo

            TEFL Course Co-ordinator/ Teacher

            Shannon has been our TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Course Co-ordinator and teacher trainer for the past 5 years. She has been teaching formally since 1999 and at English Access since 2008. She has a Bachelor of Primary Education and a Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). She has taught students aged 4 to 70 in Australia and South Africa. Her English teaching experience includes General English (all levels), High School Preparation, TOEFL and IELTS Preparation. She has also delivered the City & Guilds ACE (Access Certificate in English Language Teaching) Course.

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                Ann Chapman

                Teacher

                Ann Chapman has a BA degree in Communication and Psychology from The University of South Africa and did a TEFL course at English Access in 2012. She has been an editor for academics and a tennis coach for many years. She started teaching at English Access in February 2013.

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                    Ciska Lourens

                    Teacher

                    Ciska Lourens completed a BA Journalism at the University of Johannesburg after which she enrolled in a TEFL course at Langahead in Mellville. She spent three years teaching in Thailand, which she considers one of the best experiences of her life. After her time in Thailand she worked in PR and marketing but decided to go back to teaching and joined English Access in 2013.

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                        Sabine Drews

                        Teacher

                        Sabine Drews completed a TEFL course at English Access before studying at Rhodes University in Greyhamstown. On her return to Johannesburg at the end of 2013, she started working at English Access.

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                            Wendy Wittstock

                            Admin and Accounts officer

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                                Marianna Martins

                                Foreign Language Course Co-ordinator and TOEFL Examinations Officer

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                                    James

                                    Cleaning, repairs and maintenance

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                                      Accreditation’s & Memberships

                                      The english school in Parkmore Sandton is accredited by City & Guilds, the largest qualifications provider in Britain and a public testing centre for the TOEIC test (Testing of English for International Communications).

                                      English Access is also SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) accredited through the Services SETA, accreditation number 2565.

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                                      Background & History

                                      English Access opened its doors in 2005 and quickly grew into one of the leading language schools in Johannesburg. Today we have students from all over the world, Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and the Middle East, who have come to learn English in the friendly atmosphere of our school. The school is in Parkmore, Sandton. At break students relax outside with tea and coffee, which we provide, under the shade of two enormous Jacaranda trees.

                                      We organize regular outings to places of interest in and around Joburg so students can get to know more about their adopted city.

                                      We have grown from a school which focused solely on teaching English to foreigners into a respected multi-language school. We run TEFL courses, which train people to teach English to foreign learners as well as offering a wide range of foreign language courses including French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese in addition to our indigenous Zulu and Afrikaans. As part of its community outreach programme, English Access offers free English classes to South African second language speakers at The Field and Study Centre in Sandton on Saturday mornings from 09h00 to 11h00.

                                      English Access has also become a major training force in the corporate sector offering Business English and foreign language courses to suit a wide variety of industries. These courses can also take place at the client’s premises.

                                      We are recognized and accredited by internationally respected qualification providers such as City and Guilds and ETS/TOEFL, as well as the South African Qualifications Authority.

                                      All our trainers are qualified and experienced in their respective fields and bring a lively and enthusiastic atmosphere to the classroom.


                                      Why Choose Us

                                      English Access is passionate about maintaining high standards in a relaxed and friendly environment while offering students the individual attention they require. It has become one of the leading English schools in Parkmore Sandton. We are accredited with City and Guilds and are an official testing centre for City and Guilds and TOEFL exams. We also offer TEFL and foreign language courses. Our teachers are all qualified, experienced and dedicated to making the learning experience enjoyable and rewarding. The school is conveniently situated in Parkmore, a safe and central suburb in Sandton, Johannesburg. 

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