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David Thomas, Progress English Bristol


David Thomas BA Hons,  Dip TEFLA, PGCE ESOL,  has been in the English as a Foreign Language industry since 1989, and has managed and taught in Spain, Lithuania, Ecuador and the UK. Bristol became his home in 2002, where he ran and expanded the British Council accredited English courses at City of Bristol College from 2010 to July 2016.


James has around 15 years of teaching experience, during which he has worked in Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Spain, and the UK. In this time, he has taught learners at all levels, covering General, Cambridge exam preparation, Academic and Business English. When he is not teaching, James is also studying for a PhD in Education, analysing how oral communication strategies are used by non-native speakers of English in different communicative contexts. 

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Thomas Willis Jones, Cert TEFLA, has worked around the world in places such as Seoul, Korea, and Budapest before coming to Bristol in 2014. His fun, creative and practical classes are highly popular with students. When not teaching, he spends his time with his Spanish partner, Ana, and dog, Chomsky, and enjoys, cooking , painting and yoga.

David In The Press

April 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                           Excerpt and translation into English from: http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2016/04/08/actualidad/1460110313_444099.htmlEl problema del nivel    

David Thomas, responsable de aprendizaje del City of Bristol College, tiene perfectamente identificados los puntos débiles de los españoles a la hora de aprender inglés. Sus 27 años como profesor le han servido para detectar que el principal problema en España es la metodología de enseñanza basada en la memorización. Los estudiantes saben cómo responder ante un examen, pero no están preparados para usar el inglés en la vida real, opina. "Aprender un idioma tiene que ver con el desarrollo de habilidades. Eso requiere tiempo y mucha práctica; exponer a los alumnos a situaciones reales", destaca.

David Thomas, who is responsible for EFL learning at City of Bristol College, perfectly identifies Spanish weak points when it comes to learning English. With 27 years of experience as a teacher, he asserts that the main problem in Spain is a teaching methodology based on memorization. Students know how to deal with such exams but are not got ready to use English in real life. He gives the opinion that, ‘learning a language is principally about developing skills. This requires time and a lot of practice along with being exposed to real life situations’, he highlights.



November 2015

Excerpt and translation into English from:                                                               http://blog.educalab.es/estanciasprofesionales/2015/11/18/sobre-mi-estancia-profesional-en-el-city-of-bristol-college-of-further-education-bristol-reino-unido/

Hola a todos. Me llamo Mar Melchor y soy profesora de inglés en la Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Segovia. El curso pasado una compañera del Departamento de Italiano participó en la convocatoria de las Estancias Profesionales, y ella me animó definitivamente a intentarlo. Tuve la inmensa suerte de contactar con David Thomas, profesor y coordinador del Departamento EFL (English as a Foreign Language) en el City of Bristol College of Further Education en Bristol, al sudoeste del Reino Unido. Acabo de venir de una más que fructífera estancia en este centro, donde he trabajado codo a codo con él y los demás profesores y coordinadores, del 2 al 13 de noviembre de 2015.

Hi everybody! My name’s Mar Melchor and I am an English teacher at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas in Segovia. During last year’s courses, a colleague of mine from the Italian Department was able to make the most of the opportunities given by Estancias Profesionales’ offers to spend time abroad in another teaching institution, which really motivated me to do the same. I had the great fortune to get in contact with David Thomas, teacher and EFL Department course manager at City of Bristol Further Education College in the southwest of England. I have just now come back from a most fruitful stay at this centre, where I was able to closely work alongside teachers and coordinators from the 2nd to the 13th of November, 2015.