Native English Speaking Teachers
All Wattsenglish courses are led by specially trained native English speaking Teachers, who undergo a demanding multi-level selection process. Our teachers must: meet all requirements for working with children; have a university degree; and attend regular Wattsenglish training sessions led by our methodology specialists. Steve Watts, the Director of Studies and founder of the Wattsenglish method, and his team monitor their work and discuss all aspects of their teaching throughout the year.
Stephen Raymond Watts - Co-founder of Wattsenglish Ltd.
Director of Studies, Young Learner Specialist, Senior Teacher Trainer, and Author
Steve Watts is from Great Britain and has been involved in language learning and education for many years. The Wattsenglish method of teaching English to young learners, to which he has given his name, draws heavily on this and his experience as a children's entertainer.
After graduating from Kingston University and undertaking an intensive teacher training course, both in London, Steve moved to Japan where he held the post of senior teacher in North Tokyo between 2002 and 2004. During this time, Steve was able to combine practical classroom experience with his child friendly sense of fun to the benefit of both students and fellow teachers alike.
In 2005, Steve's tried and tested approach of teaching children a language using the target language was implemented in Liberecka Jazykova Skolka, a new bilingual kindergarten opened in north Bohemia.
Steve is currently the Director of Studies at Wattsenglish Ltd., Senior Mentor of the Wattsenglish teacher training programme (the WITC), and continues to develop teaching aids including educational DVDs, CDs, computer games, magazine puzzle pages etc. to enrich the learning experience of all Wattsenglish children.
To help continual improvement in teaching standards, Steve co-authored the "Methodology Guide for English Teaching in Kindergartens" issued by the Ministry of Education, Czech Republic, and with EU funding helped to create the English Time guide to teaching English to early primary school children.
In addition, Steve has worked with leading organisations concerned with child development, including the NIDV (Czech) and OMEP (worldwide), to give lectures and workshops in a number of European countries.
On a personal level Steve enjoys kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, travelling, reading, and socialising.