About Us

Message from the Head of College

We are delighted that you are looking at our website and course offerings.

We are teachers, working to contribute to the English teaching profession. We have extensive experience of teaching English to students of a wide range of nationalities and we have widened this into highly successful training of new English teachers.

Our courses go beyond the ordinary and we want you to emerge as a skilled, knowledgeable, imaginative and reflective practitioner in the fascinating world of language teaching.

The work of THE TESOL COLLEGE was established in Singapore with our partner school, British Education Centre, to provide English teacher training.  THE TESOL COLLEGE is registered in Scotland, is reaching out globally with online and partner school classroom delivery of teacher training courses.

Our mission is to work in the global community with development of teachers of English as a second language. We are particularly keen to expand the confidence and standing of teachers who are non-native speakers of English. Non-native speaker teachers are in the great majority throughout the world.

Our Academic Board, with members working in three continents, has a wide and globally relevant vision to help implement and maintain our high standards.

Dr Alan Richardson
Head of College
UK Company Registration Number SC438884
UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) Number 1006 6441



Dr Alan Richardson
Head of College, Academic Board Member and Tutor
Alan obtained his Bachelor Degree and PhD at the University of Bradford, UK. He worked in education and research (Senior Research Fellow, University of Leeds) and became a registered teacher in the UK state school system. In 1993, he moved from the UK to be a senior lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic. He obtained a Certificate in Teaching (University of Sheffield, UK in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic). From 1998, he worked at institutions such as MDIS as Academic Director and taught English at the National University of Singapore (Extension), APMI KAPLAN and other schools. He taught on a Diploma in TESOL programme in Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar from 2005. He created British Education Centre (Singapore) in 2007 and THE TESOL COLLEGE (UK) in 2012, to specialise in teacher professional development. Alan is now in the UK but keeps his Asia links with TESOL/TEFL as the Academic Director of British Education Centre, Singapore.


Dr Ganzul Gantuya
Academic Board Member
Ganzul is an English lecturer (a former Chair of the Department of English Studies) at the University of Finance and Economics, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She has a Master of Arts in Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics, from the National University of Mongolia. She also has a Diploma in TESOL, obtained by study in Singapore. Ganzul is proficient in English and in Russian from her Bachelor Degree in Russian Studies. This has led her, with her native Mongolian language, to study and publish work in comparative aspects of these languages. She has 13 publications on lexical aspects of English and on comparative aspects of language and culture. Her experience of teaching English, language study and language centre management in Mongolia adds greatly to the strength of our Academic Board. She is building on her qualifications and experience in teaching English to drive modern principles of language teaching in her country and has recently been conducting a survey on teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) using critical thinking abilities.


Mrs Eve Hirst
Academic Board Member and Tutor
Eve obtained her Bachelor Degree at the University of Durham, UK and then worked in training, developing English skills within EDI and City & Guilds examination systems and managing ESOL learning. Moving to Singapore in 2011, Eve taught IGCSE and A Level at Insworld Institute preparing students for Edexcel English language examinations and EAS at Ascend Language Centre, also gaining her Diploma in TESOL. Eve also developed her interest in English with drama while working with 12-20 year olds. Eve returned to the UK in 2013 and taught English in Sheffield at training institutions, building on her experience with cultural diversity. She worked in government schools across the Midlands, augmenting her experience in the private sector. Eve now works in Vancouver, Canada at an international college, teaching particularly Upper Intermediate ESOL and helping students with IELTS preparation.


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