Training Team

Teaching experts, experienced tutors

ESOL_AC_Teaching_Awards_rgb Each CELTA course at the HAMBURG SCHOOL OF ENGLISH has either two or three designated CELTA tutors, one of whom acts as the Main Course Tutor. The Main Course Tutor is responsible for the administration of the course; the second tutor supports the Main Course Tutor in Input sessions and Teaching Practice as well as assignment marking.

In expert hands

All CELTA tutors have to be approved by Cambridge ESOL and must participate in standardisation every year. This ensures that your tutors are always up to date with developments in the award and are able to assess your progress in line with Cambridge ESOL expectations.

When not involved in a CELTA course, all of our tutors are busy either teaching English as part of our regular school programme of courses or training and directing the team of 70 English teachers who work at the school.

Meet the team


Anthony Gaughan – Head of CELTA Teacher Training


Anthony is the Head of CELTA Teacher Training and is a Cambridge ESOL approved Assessor as well as Tutor for the CELTA award. He has worked in English Language Teaching since 1995. Before joining the HAMBURG SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, Anthony worked in the UK on general English, business English and exam preparation courses with students from all over the world. After moving to Germany in 2000, Anthony taught at Universities of Applied Sciences and designed multi-day seminars for the British Council, as well as working at the BERLIN SCHOOL OF ENGLISH as a language teacher and CELTA tutor. He holds Qualified Teacher Status within the UK state education system. He has been an approved CELTA tutor since 2004 and an appointed Assessor for the award since 2006. He was also an approved tutor for the English UK Certificate in Teaching English for Business (CertTEB) until the discontinuation of the award in 2008. Anthony is a member of several professional organisations, including IATEFL, and contributes articles and reviews to professional journals. He is currently pursuing an MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT.


Bill Cope – Director of Studies and CELTA Tutor


Bill has been working as a full-time teacher of EFL since 1989, beginning his career at Berlitz, London and joining the HAMBURG SCHOOL OF ENGLISH in 1990, teaching both in the school and in companies around Hamburg. On completing the Trinity College Licentiate Diploma in TESOL, he became Director of Studies in July 1992, leading a team of teachers which has now grown to over 70 in number. He joined the teacher training team in 2001 as a tutor for the Basic Teaching Certificate and became an approved CELTA tutor in 2002.


Helen Down

BA, Cambridge DTEFLA

Helen has taught for sixteen years in France, Italy, Poland, the UK and Germany. She was Director of Studies at the BERLIN SCHOOL OF ENGLISH for two years and of the BESTSchool of English in Krakow for four years. She returned to Germany in 2007 in order to join our CELTA training team. She is a Cambridge oral examiner for a range of English Language examinations. She also teaches Polish.

Guy-OorthuysGuy Oorthuys

BA (Hons), Cambridge DELTA

Guy has been an English language teacher for ten years and has taught in New Zealand, Argentina, and Germany. He currently works as Assistant Director of Studies at the BERLIN SCHOOL OF ENGLISH. He is also a Cambridge oral examiner.