About Us

We offer English language courses from beginner to advanced level and also a series of cultural, social and personal well-being activities – all in English. In a world where technology seems to be taking over, we offer the possibility to be in touch with the usual social media but our mission is also to create an English-speaking educational and social learning community where learning is linked to personal growth and potentiality and development of relationships. We focus on our students as individuals with their own personal worth, motivations, ambitions and needs relative to the English language. As such we give them the opportunity not only to learn the language: speaking, writing, reading, listening, good pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, but also to participate in other activities in English – yoga and Pilates, book clubs, theatre, cinema, cookery courses, themed lunches and dinners and specially-designed tours.

Meet The Team

Helen Creswell

Helen has a Law Degree and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales who worked as a lawyer from 1986 to 1994. She obtained a Grade A for the University of Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and she has been teaching children and adults in numerous offices and schools, including Berlitz and Southlands English School in Rome.
Helen is a professional counselor and holds a Diploma di Counselor ad Approccio Relazionale in Counseling Integrato recognized by the Associazione Nazionale di Counselor Relazionali.
She volunteers regularly to work with the Psychology and Psychotherapy Team at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Centre in Rome where she co-leads an Art Counseling group. She is an active painter herself.

Shi Vani

Shivani is an English teacher who has a public sector experience having worked for the community with vulnerable people and minority groups. She has worked for two diverse English Language Schools in Rome and has prepared students to take Cambridge Certificate exams and supported them in preparing for university courses, job interviews and other professional and personal language goals. She has also taught English within a community arts centre to adults and children. She is interested in yoga and the arts and has a degree in Politics and a Masters Diploma in Criminology.

Anita Joshi

Anita holds a Business degree from the UK and has over 20 years’ experience in the field of communications, firstly with Amnesty International and more recently with the United Nations agency, the International Fund for Agricultural Development. She currently teaches English of all levels to adults and children of various ages. Originally from India, she was born and raised in Rome and speaks English and Italian. She loves to travel, discover new cities by living as a true local would, and to meet new people of all cultures and backgrounds.

Nikola Newiger

Nikola holds a master’s degree in economics from the UK and has gained over 24 years management experience in multinationals in the telecommunications sector. She speaks Italian, German and French. She currently teaches English as a second language to children of various ages and levels. She assists children with special educational needs at St. George’s British International School of Rome. She is originally from Berlin but has lived in Italy most of her life. She loves to travel, practice yoga and is an active member of the Casalpalocco Retake group.

Michela Rossi

Michela is a bilingual business professional with a broad international experience in education and development, she speaks five language and has lived in several parts of the world.
She has obtained her Bachelor of Honours and Master degrees at the London Metropolitan University and the University of Westminster, London.
During her eights years living in the UK she has had leading roles working at The Financial Times/Pearson Education, the University of Oxford and MTV Television.
Michela is a certified TEFL teacher with several years experience teaching passionately and creatively to all levels and ages.
She is a Speaker at the European University of Rome where she offers her support in the area of international career, in particular to those keen on studying or working abroad.
Michela loves developing language and communication skills for personal and professional growth.

Vittoria Pinca

Vittoria is an English and Spanish interpreter and translator as well as a certified teacher of English as a foreign language (TEFL). She has multiyear experience teaching to adults, teens, and kids having worked in a bilingual primary school in Rome where she taught all curricular subjects in English and prepared students for Cambridge exams.
She is also consultant at FAO and gender focal point in a non-profit organization that she has recently founded and has a background working as project research assistant in Italian universities and international research centers.

Paola Pisaturo

Paola has a degree in Italian Literature from the Università “La Sapienza” in Rome.
She is a certified teacher of Italian as a Foreign Language as she obtained DITALS Certification – Level II (Certificate of Competence in Teaching Italian to Foreigners) from the Università per Stranieri di Siena which certifies an advanced teaching competence in Italian as a Foreign Language, whatever the context and learner profile.
She has several years of experience in teaching Italian both as first and second language to children, teen-agers and adults.
Furthermore, she is a certified CELI (internationally recognised qualification of the Italian language competence) examiner, authorised by CVCL (Centro Valutazioni e Certificazioni Linguistiche), Università per Stranieri di Perugia.
She enjoys photography, physical activity, cinema, theatre, reading and acting.

Elisabeth Schalleschak

Elisabeth has a history and fine arts degree and has worked in Austria, Florida, Mexico and Spain. She is a busy mother of three children and a licensed tour guide in Austria and Rome, where she has been working as a guide and Tour Director since 1997. Elisabeth has devised a fascinating series of tours for The English Tree, combining history, hidden secrets and stories about the Eternal City.

Patricia Bayne

Patricia is a certified Cambridge TEFL teacher with over 10 years’ experience in teaching to all ages in individual and company contexts. She has a background working in international organisations such as FAO, International Fund for Agricultural Develpment and World Food Programme. She speaks Italian, French and German and has several years of experience providing translation and editing services in the private sector including La Repubblica. She enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, reading and is an avid cinema-goer.

Andrea Iannone

Even though, after having spent half his life here, he considers himself a bonafide Roman, Andrea has spent the other half in the States between LA and San Francisco. He has taught both English as a Second Language and Italian to foreigners. He is also a freelance translator and consecutive interpreter. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, working out, and playing board games.

Our Friends

Southlands International School

We supply English courses for parents of pupils of all nationalities at Southlands, one of the most recognized and long-standing international schools in Rome

Feltrinelli International

Our Members will receive 10% discount on all scholastic books when they show The English Tree card


PilatesLab has specifically designed a Pilates & Stretching Workout in English for The English Tree members

Arts in English

Quality musical theatre productions in English for an international audience

The English Theatre of Rome

A significant theatre platform for Italian and non-Italian directors, playwrights, and actors to showcase their talents within the Rome arts scene.