Se vieni a studiare da noi, le seguenti persone saranno importanti per te:
My name’s Kip Kelland but please call me ‘boss’ or ‘the gaffer’. I cover a number of roles here, including those of Co-owner and Principal, but first and foremost I’m a teacher – after doing it for over 40 years I still love it, and probably spend too much time teaching and not enough managing. I’m married to Angela, with two Anglo-Italian boys who have grown up far too quickly. When I’m not teaching I like relaxing with a good book, watching (not playing!) rugby, or cycling around the hills and valleys of Friuli. I also love exotic cuisine, both cooking it and eating it. And last but definitely not least, I’ve been a Chelsea FC fan ever since I saw us draw 2-2 with Leeds United at Stamford Bridge in 1967.
I set up the school with Kip way back in 1989 and I’m the person who tries to make sure that financial affairs run smoothly. I’m really happy to have nothing to do with the teaching! When I’m not working I enjoy cooking, embroidery, reading and the company of good friends. Oh yes, and trying to keep three ‘men’ in order at home.
I’ve been working as the Office Manager at Keep Talking since 1996. Although I came from a completely different background I really enjoy the opportunity to work with colleagues coming from diverse countries and nationalities and now that everybody is talking about the world being more and more a global village here at KT we have been doing it for ages. I deal with various office duties including reception, and helping students with all their enquires. Reading contemporary English fiction is one of my favourite pastimes and when I have time I like trekking in our beautiful mountains, cooking “fabulous” food or spending it with my family and friends.
Pleased to meet you. I’m Emma and I’m the DOS here at KT. I live in the centre of Udine and love the town as it’s just the right size for me, there are plenty of cultural activities and some nice places to drink good wine. KT is a really friendly school and I feel lucky to have such great students and colleagues, so I’m hoping to stay for many years to come.
I’m Magali. I’m originally from France but have been living and teaching abroad for most of my working life. I worked in China as a VSO volunteer teaching English and then lived in Manchester for 8 years, teaching English to refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers. When I’m not teaching, preparing lessons or marking, I enjoy spending time with my partner and my beautiful young daughter; jogging; trekking and doing yoga. Also, probably due to my French roots, I love food and wine. Friuli is definitely the right place to be then!
Hi. My name’s Damien and I grew up in Sydney, Down Under. In 2000 I moved to the UK where I lived for 7 years in London before coming to Friuli. I started teaching in 2005 while living in London and have enjoyed it ever since. Have you ever had to climb out of Camden Tube Station? It makes Zoncolan look like an ant hill! My wife & I have three beautiful boys. We live in the countryside of biel Friûl and love getting out into the fields and looking for fresh honey, tractors and whatever else we can find.
Hello! I’m Alan. I was born in Jersey, the original Jersey not the new one in the US. It is a small island in the English Channel which is part of the British Isles but which is actually closer to France and which is famous for its beautiful cows. I have lived and worked in London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Australia, Bolivia and China. I now live in Friuli with my partner and young daughter. I am a big Udinese fan as my father is a Furlan and I am hoping that this year will be the one when ‘le zebrette’ finally win the scudetto for the first time in their history so that I can join in the celebrations. Come on Udin!
Hi, My name is Wayne Young and I am the intersection where 4 utterly different paths meet: English, Wine, Heavy Metal and Sushi. I’ve lived here more than 7 years now and I’m married to a Siciliana. I’m a trained sommelier, teach the Vine to Wine course, work for a winery doing marketing and PR, and DJ when I can. Yes, it was a big change from Manhattan, but I’ve adjusted, mostly because Udine has great wine, places where you can listen to Heavy Metal and one good sushi joint!
Hi everyone, my name is Tom and this is my second year teaching at Keep Talking. I have just graduated from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) where I studied Chinese language and culture. But don’t worry, KT’s “Only English” policy will prevent me from showing off my Mandarin speaking skills! I am of both English and Italian heritage; this as a teacher will allow me to connect with students of the Bel Paese. I am very interested in languages and enjoy travelling around the globe observing different cultures and people. I have always been into sports and music and, believe or not, was part of a folk dance troupe here in Friuli. I am also a total film fanatic but, when I’m not watching some weird independent black and white production, I spend most of my free time with my mates. See you in the classroom!