Jonathan Davies is the founder and director of TEFL Toulouse. He grew up in the 70’s in Exeter in south west England, in the 80s he DJ’d in rock clubs, went to London to work in a record shop and then survived 6 months as a cycle courier there. Aged 22 he finally did a degree in French and Spanish, and loved every second of it. In the 90’s he did a postgraduate qualification to become a TEFL teacher in UK schools, but missed the southern European way of life, and he ended up working as a TEFL teacher in France and Spain. He began to train new TEFL teachers in 2003 in Barcelona. He opened TEFL Toulouse in July 2009, so this year we are celebrating our 10th birthday (see our facebook page to find out how!)!
Jonathan, since doing his Certificate in TEFL qualification and later doing the DELTA (the next qualification up from the Certificate in TEFL) and a PGCE in Modern Languages and TEFL at Bristol University, now has 28 years of experience teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in France, Spain and the UK. He first fell in love with Toulouse during his 6 months as an exchange student in 1991, so he was thrilled to come back 18 years later to offer what is still the only established 4 week TEFL Certificate course in south west France.
Fed up with paperwork and discipline problems in UK schoolteaching, Jonathan decided to move to southern Europe to teach English, and began to give seminars about how to manage classrooms full of teenagers to inexperienced TEFL teachers during his time teaching at the British Council in Barcelona.
In the early 2000’s Jonathan decided to take a break from teaching English for a few years, and became an Educational Tour Director for American high school students, taking groups of 50 or more people at a time around France and Spain, so he knows these two countries inside out and can give endless advice on places to do and things to do once you are based in Toulouse!
Jonathan is very enthusiastic about road cycling, music, food, coffee, wine and restaurants. He is a great fan of Toulouse and the surrounding regions. Who better to welcome you to La Ville Rose!
You can contact Jonathan here with any questions about the course or about Toulouse!
Watch Jonathan talking about the TEFL Toulouse course, why he really likes Toulouse, teaching opportunities in France and why the TEFL course is rewarding