Excellence in teaching and professionalism

Since 1953 International House has been committed to continuing teacher development. We have been at the cutting edge of course design in teacher training programmes and, as a result, our teachers are well known for their creativity and professionalism. All IH Johannesburg teachers have the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) awarded by Cambridge University. Many are also DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualified. Most of our teachers have taught overseas and have experience with students from many different cultural backgrounds.


  • Committed, enthusiastic and motivated
  • Highly qualified in English Language Teaching
  • Experienced in teaching in many different parts of the world

Annie da Silva is the Director of Studies and Head of Teacher Training. She has been with International House Johannesburg since 1996. She is also a CELTA trainer, trains teachers of younger learners and an Aviation English examiner.

Natalija Cameron is the Assistant Director of Studies responsible for Aviation English, the Self Access Centre and resources. She is also a CELTA teacher trainer and an Aviation English examiner. She has been working at IH Johannesburg since 2008. Natalija has been teaching since 1998 and has taught in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Czech Republic.

Janine Ferreira has been with International House since 2005 and also has experience teaching very young learners in the East. She is also an Aviation English examiner. She recently completed post-graduate studies in early childhood development with a particular interest in language acquisition.

Alessia Milanese completed her CELTA in 2006 and started working part-time at IH Language Lab in February 2010. Before joining IH Language Lab she worked as a co-ordinator of foreign language short courses at Wits Language School. She’s been involved in language-related teaching since her varsity days, including teaching beginner Italian and working in a Writing Centre. She has an MA in Literary Studies from UCT.

Jearóid Harris completed his CELTA in October 2011 and began working at IH Language Lab in February 2012. He has an Honours Degree in Dramatic Art from WITS and has worked various jobs including journalist, bureau de change supervisor and barman. Jearóid feels he has found his calling in teaching English as a foreign language and looks forward to a long and fruitful career in the EFL.

David Hawkins completed his CELTA in June 2011. His teaching experience extends from his days at London University and through his commercial career in both England and South Africa. He is a part time teacher at the Language Lab and really enjoys seeing the progress made by students at IH.