Jonathan Davies is the founder and director of TEFL Toulouse, and still works on all the courses. He grew up in the 70’s in Exeter in south west England. Aged 22, after working at a the worlds biggest record shop (HMV Oxford Circus) and surviving as a cycle courier in London, he did a degree in French and Spanish, which included a 6 month “ERASMUS” year in Toulouse. He followed his degree with a postgraduate qualification to become a teacher of modern languages and TEFL at Bristol University in 1993, then he did the DELTA course (that’s the next course up from our Certificate in TEFL).
He missed the southern European way of life though, and fed up with paperwork and discipline problems in UK schoolteaching, he decided to move to southern Europe to teach English, and began teaching in Bilbao, then later in Barcelona. After that, he used his UK schoolteaching experience to give seminars about how to manage classrooms of rowdy teenagers during his time teaching at the British Council in Barcelona. He began to train new TEFL teachers in 2001 in Barcelona, later became the director of TEFL Paris.
Missing the sunshine, he headed back south to create TEFL Toulouse in August 2009, so we recently celebrated our 10th anniversary, and 800th trainee trained!
Jonathan now has 30 years of experience teaching English 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 return to the city 18 years later to offer what has become the biggest and best known TEFL course in the South of France.
In the early 2000’s he 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. This means he knows these two countries inside out and can give endless advice on places to go and things to do in the area, particularly if you are an American just coming to Europe for 3 months!
He is very enthusiastic about music, restaurants, food, espresso coffee, wine and cycling. He is a great fan of Toulouse and weekend trips to towns on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, as well as in the Pyrenees mountains, Narbonne and Bordeaux. 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 likes Toulouse, teaching opportunities in France and why the TEFL course is rewarding