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 My name is Phillip Bashford. I am a teacher training consultant and have been working as a CELTA trainer for the past 10 years. I have delivered CELTA courses in various countries, such as the USA, Tunisia, Thailand, Korea, and for the past several years at ACE in Cambodia. In addition, I have over 20 years of experience as an English language teacher, helping learners of a variety of ages and backgrounds to improve their general and specialised English skills.
I am qualified in the following areas:
  • MA in TESOL
  • Cambridge DELTA
  • Cambridge CELTA
  • CELTA Main Course Tutor
  • DELTA Local Tutor
Bachelor’s Degree in English Language & Cultural Studies

My name is Paul Nicholson and I am the Academic Coordinator for ACE in Cambodia. I am also the Assistant Course Tutor on the CELTA, and work with Phillip on all of our courses in Siem Reap. I have worked for ACE for the past six years in Phnom Penh, and have taught a range of different levels on a variety of different programs. I have taught all levels of our Young Learner Program, our General English Program, and our IELTS Preparation Program. I also work as an in-house teacher trainer, and deliver training courses to local Khmer teachers.

I am qualified in the following areas:
  • London Trinity DipTESOL

  • Cambridge CELTA
  • Cambridge CELTA: Young Learner Extension
  • CELTA Trainer
  • DELTA Local Tutor
  • IELTS Examiner
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & Counseling
  • M.A Applied Linguistic and TESOL (
currently studying with Leicester University)