Quiénes Somos/About Us

(English below) 

En Collingua nos apasiona proporcionar un material único para las personas que quieran mejorar su inglés.

Trabajando en la comprensión, buscamos reforzar la confianza de los estudiantes, preparándolos para comunicarse en el mundo real. Para ellos, puede resultar difícil encontrar personas con inglés nativo o avanzado para practicar.

Nuestra plataforma de aprendizaje esta basada en videos, ayudará a los estudiantes en su rumbo a mejorar la comprensión y experimentar la variedad de acentos de todo el mundo. Acortando la brecha entre el aula y la vida real. 

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Here at Collingua we’re passionate about providing authentic, real-world language learning material for English students.

Developing comprehension skills prepares students to communicate in English and increases confidence, however, finding native or advanced speakers to practise with can be difficult.

With our video based learning platform students can work on their comprehension skills and experience a variety of accents from across the globe - we close the gap between the classroom and real life.

 

Nuestro equipo/Our team

Jason Rawding

Founder

Background: Jason graduated with a degree in Information & Business System Design and went on to work as an IT technician in London, later, he moved to Colombia where he taught English and studied Spanish.  In 2015, drawing on his teaching experience, he started to work on Collingua aiming to provide students with modern and engaging learning material.  He launched the first version in 2016 which received positive and encouraging reviews, more recently in 2018 Collingua Hotelera was launched and now the Collingua team is providing more functional English videos.

At Collingua: Jason's responsibilities run throughout the company but he focuses on website management, business planning, marketing and customer service.

Favourite Books: Papillon by Henri Charrière, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Wishes: He could cook better

Drinks: Tea

Claudia Pinto

Analyst

Background: Claudia has a bachelor of arts in English and Spanish Philology from Universidad Nacional de Colombia.  She has worked as a language teacher for 25+ years and is passionate about improving the language skills of young people.  She has also worked for the Colombian government on a number of administrative projects.  Claudia and Jason used to work together as teaching partners.

At Collingua: Analysing, testing and improving the teaching material on Collingua is a vital role that Claudia executes from Colombia.  With a keen eye for detail she excels at monitoring the teaching content on the website and provides critical reports and ideas for improvements on the site.

Favourite books: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Paula by Isabel Allende

Wishes: There weren't any wars in the world

Drinks: Aguila Light

 

Dave Wilson

Academic Coordinator

Background: Dave has 20 years experience teaching English as a foreign language to his students in Asia.  He developed his own material throughout this time which helped countless students pass their IELTS English test with desired results.  

At Collingua: Dave manages academic  development of content and works on producing effective methods of teaching English for our students.  Dave and Jason first met at an Ed Tech lecture in London.

Favourite books: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

Wishes: He had a cat

Drinks: Orange juice with sprite

 

Roseanna Kemeny

Marketing and Business Development Manager

Background: Roseanna studied Photography at college before landing a job working behind the camera in the fashion industry.  She has also worked with numerous charities around the world and has experience teaching English overseas.  Roseanna joined the team to improve audio and video quality in 2017.

At Collingua: As marketing and business manager Rose handles all enquiries coming into the business and  manages marketing campaigns. 

Favourite books: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Room by Emma Donoghue

Wishes: The best for everyone

Drinks: Pineapple, banana, lime and ginger smoothie

 

Testimonios/Testimonials 

 

 James Pengelley

CertTESOL Trainer 

(English teacher trainer)

"I first came across Collingua on a Facebook forum where it was being promoted and the thing that struck me most heavily about the platform was that it seemed to be providing students with access to authentic varieties of English in a way that traditional coursebooks do not.  I am well aware that one of the key ingredients to learning a language is access to comprehensible input (a term coined by Stephen Krashen, and reiterated Michael Lewis in The Lexical Approach) and my biggest frustration with language teaching courses is the over reliance on coursebook materials"

 

 Nate Bunger

Casa Miraflores

(Hotel, Cali Colombia)

"Collingua has been awesome for our staff because it has helped them with the checking in process and also other questions that tourists have about the area. It's practical and a fun way to study English!"

 

 

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