Rachel Thake

Volunteer ESL Consultant

Rachel put her toes in the EFL/ESOL waters, teaching as a CMS volunteer for two years in Kenya. She returned with two life-changing discoveries: firstly that teaching is her vocation and secondly with a soon-to-be-husband as a permanent “souvenir”. Since then she has taught in a wide range of contexts – from toddlers to 80+, from Derby to Chiang Mai, from Nepal to China.

She currently works as a CELTA trainer in Reading and thoroughly enjoys watching new teachers emerge, who have never taught before – or experienced teachers of other subjects develop their understanding of language teaching and catch the enthusiasm for a wonderful job. She also teaches (and trains others) as a volunteer for Reading Refugee Support Group.  She has been part of the 2:19 journey for many years, speaking at the Forum and writing materials, including So to Speak and Start to Speak.

Her life in ELT can be summed up in the words of Fredierick Buechner: “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”