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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The School / Our Teaching Staff


Yulia Aleksikova - Director of Studies

portsmouth english language schoolYulia joined PELS in 2014 as a Director of Studies. She previously worked as a language teacher, IELTS and Cambridge tutor, academic manager and has done research in the sphere of language teaching, teaching materials and Applied Linguistics. She holds MA and PhD qualifications and ensures that the language courses here at PELS are developed and conducted at the highest level.

"I have always believed that the best education is the one that you truly enjoy getting, that's why here at PELS we work to offer you the best quality in a fun and friendly way. Come, make friends, enjoy your time and we will do the rest!"

 Victoria Fortune - Assistant Director of Studies & EFL Teacher / IELTS Tutor

VictoriaFortuneVictoria Fortune, Assistant Director of Studies at PELS has been teaching English as a foreign language for five years and has experience at teaching all levels for general English, Anglia, Cambridge and IELTS examinations.

Victoria has a BA honours degree in English Language and Literature as well as a diploma in English Language Studies and her CELTA qualification, for which she achieved a grade B. 

She has worked at PELS since the beginning of 2009 and is an excellent all-round teacher of English.

In her free time she loves reading, cooking and going to the beach.


Elizabeta Bowman- EFL Teacher, Cambridge & IELTS Tutor

Elizabeta Bowman portsmouth english language schoolElizabeta Bowman has been teaching English since July 2013 and has experience in teaching General English, English skills, one to one and Anglia Exam, Cambridge & IELTS Preparation courses.

She gained her CELTA  Qualification in June 2013, and gained an impressive grade B, and has since worked at Portsmouth English Language College and PELS. She is planning to do her DELTA in the near future, and would like to teach business English.

Elizabeta is very passionate about foreign languages and speaks fluent English, Dutch, Macedonian and Serbian.

“I find teaching to be a highly rewarding career and I love meeting students from all over the world.”

Claire White- EFL Teacher, Cambridge & IELTS Tutor

English Language SchoolClaire gained her CELTA qualification in June 2013 after attaining an English literature degree at Kent university. She has since worked in a children's summer camp preparing her students for the Trinity exam, and she started work at PELS in December 2013. Before and after university Claire spent extended periods of time working and studying in France, giving her new cultural experiences and an understanding of the difficulties of living in a foreign country whilst learning a new language.

Claire has since gained experience teaching General English to students up to proficiency level, as well as IELTS classes and English skills. In the future she hopes to teach abroad in places such as Vietnam and South America, the latter with the intention of learning Spanish.

Marc Thomas-EFL Teacher, Cambridge & IELTS Tutor

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Marc Thomas gained his CELTA qualification in July 2014, and started working for PELS in September 2014. Prior to starting work at PELS Marc was working at South Downs College, where he worked with students who were resitting their English GCSEs and with adult students who wanted to improve their literacy skills.

After graduating from the University of the West of England with a degree in English Literature Marc taught English as a foreign language in China for two years, to adult students and young learners.

Marc has a keen interest in world cultures and religions and in the future Marc wants to teach abroad in Italy and the Middle East.

In his spare time Marc enjoys reading, playing the guitar and going to pub quizzes.



Portsmouth English Language School


 “All my teacher help me to improved my English. I like the classroom, it’s good for everything. Moreover, I came to PELS because there is class lady only and there is childcare for my daughter.” Shouq, from Saudi Arabia, B1   “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest one ever and I truly enjoyed the...

Shouq, from Saudi Arabia

“My teacher Claire is really friendly and it is easy to talk with her. She enjoys talking about everything and she is very flexible with her lessons. I really enjoyed the subjects and the course in general” Noemie, 20 y.o. from France, C1

Noemie, 20 y.o. from France

“I came to PELS to improve my English. In class, we did grammar, played some games and we spoke. I met some new friends here. I lived with my cousins and aunt and uncle.” Beatrice, 17 y.o. from Italy, B1

Beatrice, 17 y.o. from Italy

 “I came to PELS to improve my English and I can now talk in English more easily. Asa is the best teacher. I like my host family. The City of Portsmouth is very nice and I want to come back.” Alexandros, 17 y.o. from Greece, A2

Alexandros, 17 y.o. from Greece

“I enrolled at PELS for professional reasons because English is very important for my job. I needed to improve my communication skills. The lessons were very challenging. However, my English is much better now than when I first started.” Guiseppe, 54 y.o from Italy, B1   “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest one ever...

Giuseppe, 54 y.o. from Italy

“The atmosphere at Portsmouth English Language School is very pleasant. My teacher Claire is very experienced. I like her because she always smiles and tries to help us in a different way. The members of the staff are very helpful and friendly as well. If you come to PELS you will feel at home because it is similar to a...

Desiree, 24 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS because a friend told me she had been here to learn English. At the beginning I didn't speak English very well but thanks to PELS I really improved it and now I can speak it better. I loved Portsmouth and Southsea. Being an Aupair I stayed in host family in Southsea and I looked after two...

Andrea, 24 y.o. from Spain

“I came to PELS because it was near my Host family and because it's a good English School. This experience was good for me. Portsmouth is very nice. I like the UK so much.” Alessandra, 50 y.o from Italy, A2  

Alessandra, 50 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS to improve my English but also to prepare for the IELTS examination. I am really happy because I learnt a lot of new vocabulary and about the British culture.  The host family was brilliant and I had lots of discussions with them. I liked Portsmouth even if the city is small. I made great friends from...

Islem, 19 y.o. from Algeria

“I came to PELS as a part of the Erasmus+ project. In the morning I had lessons with Marc and in the afternoon I worked as an intern helping the administration and marketing deparment. Lessons with Marc were always interesting and pleasant. He is an excellent teacher. He helped me to improve my English better. I had a really good...

Virginia, 18 y.o. from Italy

"I arrived in the UK with no idea of English and with the only aim to learn it, so I joined PELS. Thanks to PELS, I met amazing people from different parts of the world. The PELS team helped me to improve my English to the point that I am now able to speak fluent English. I passed my IELTS...

Pol, 21 y.o. from Spain

“I came to PELS because I won a scholarship and I wanted to improve my English. In class, we did games and a lot of very helpful activities. At PELS, there were people from around the world so it was easy to learn to communicate in English with everybody. The City of Portsmouth and the UK are so beautiful. I’ll...

Roberta, 22 y.o. from Italy