Dr Ken Cook


I qualified as a Physics Teacher with BSc degree in 1995. I completed British Council’s The Methodology of English Language Teaching programme successfully in 1999. I obtained my MEd Degree in Leadership and Management in 2005.

I later went on to study PhD at Durham University and completed the programme in 2013. I have been teaching actively and taking various leadership roles from primary schools to universities for the last 21 years.

Contact Ken: [email protected]

Darren Aydın

Director & EFL Tutor

Hi I am Darren AYDIN. I am currently the Managing Director of Leeds Language Academy. I believe in hard work and dedication to my obligations.
I am a graduate in sociology and a Celta qualified EFL teacher, I have also attended CELTYL,Young leaders’ extension at the International Training Institution in 2016. I am currently studying at London Kings College, London University, undertaking hi Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

I have experience in the teaching field. Between 2013-2015, I taught English as an EFL teacher in Turkey and the United Kingdom.
I hope you enjoy your time here with us.
All the best.

Tricia Mc Tough

Director of Studies Senior EFL Teacher

Hi – I’m Tricia. I studied Drama and English followed by a PGCE after drama school. I decided to try a career in acting before settling down in a classroom. I got a job with a theatre company that travelled to Kenya where I fell in love – with the country! I stayed in Kenya for 20 years teaching ESL to adults as well as running a nursery school for 2-6 year olds. When I returned to England, I continued to teach English & Drama at secondary and also took a CELTA ELT course.

I still love mime, theatre and acting and often use all three in my teaching – it makes the students laugh! I love meeting people from different cultures and countries. I think I learn a lot from my students. I love running and dancing, as well as volunteering in charity work for people in need in Kenya. I find LLA a great place to work with a friendly attitude to students. Come and see for yourself.

Chris Heaton

EFL Tutor

I studied languages and linguistics at Cambridge and Edinburgh. I have lived in both the Middle East and the Far East, and taught English for three years in Japan.

After returning to the UK, I worked for three years at a language school in central London, where I taught students from over fifty countries. I am a “local boy, and returned recently to Bradford, from where I travel every day to teach in Leeds.

Ariane Stoll


I have been a linguist since my successful completion of BA programme in 1997 at University of Mulhouse. I went on to study my masters at the same university and obtained my Masters Degree in 1999.

I have been teaching English in various European countries for the last 17 years. I also hold a recent CELTA and I am an IELTS, TOEFL and GRE specialist.

Natalia Fedorova

EFL Tutor

I am an MA qualified English teacher with 6 years’ experience. I have worked in various establishments, from the University of Leeds as a Teacher of Academic English to an international language school in Moscow, Russia, as a Teacher of English and French. Before starting to teach at Leeds Language Academy I tried myself as a Director of Studies here but realised that teaching is my true vocation that I really enjoy. I teach General English, Academic skills, and prepare students for IELTS and Cambridge ESOL. I am committed to continual professional development and am currently completing my Cambridge Delta course.

Throughout my teaching career I have worked with a variety of students, so I have the experience and knowledge to help you achieve your learning goals. Studying with me will be easy and fun, with lots of speaking and real-life examples.
I wish you every success in learning English!

Lisa Davis

EFL Tutor / Administrator

Hi, I’m Lisa and I’m a teacher at Leeds Language Academy. I have been working here since January 2015 and I feel lucky to really enjoy my time at work. I have met so many great students so far and the team here a pleasure to work with. I graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2005, with a BA (Hons) in Managing Cultural and Major Events. After some time I realised that wasn’t the industry for me and I began teaching English as a Second Language in 2010. I taught elementary school children in South Korea for two years, during which time I also completed my CELTA course. Teaching abroad was a fantastic experience, as well as discovering my love for teaching, I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in a different culture and all that has to offer.

At Leeds Language Academy we always make sure our classes are interesting and engaging for students and the content will equip them for speaking English confidently outside of the classroom. I believe that creating a fun, relaxed and supportive classroom environment is a solid foundation for learning a new language. I hope we see you in our school soon!

Ahmed El Turabi

Welfare Officer

Hi, I’m Ahmed and I’m responsible for making sure that all our students feel confident and comfortable with their chosen programme at Leeds Language Academy.  If you need some advice on anything which is making your studies difficult you can talk with me, but I won’t do your homework for you! I am very familiar with the Leeds and the location around the language academy, so I normally give you a short inroduction when you first arrive.

Originally, I was born in Leeds when my parents came to study here many years ago and decided to stay. Now I really think that you will find Leeds an interesting and enjoyable place to complete your language studies. Perhaps you may even stay here yourself. Although, I don’t teach any classes I still like to help students practice their English (especially at our conversation cafe) and I like to help students understand what options they have after they graduate from one of our courses. I’m happy to say that we have many returning students as it’s always nice to see a familiar face. I’m also a very enthusiastic football coach, so if you want to have a game of football (or any other sport) let me know… All the best with your language goals!