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David Birch

David Birch

Director of Studies, SGI Italy; Senior English Teacher and Teacher Trainer

BA Japanese Studies and Linguistics (University of Sheffield ), Cambridge Diploma in TESOL


David has considerable English language teaching and teacher training experience spanning more than 30 years. Currently, he is the Director of Studies at our school in Vicenza, NE Italy where besides the English language courses he runs and manages the Trinity Certficate course we run there. His involvement on SGI’s Teacher training programmes covers has covered being a trainer on both the Trinity Certificate and Diploma level courses, including being a course leader on the Certificate course. In fact he continues to mark the workbooks of trainees on the Diploma course. An area of special interest to David is the teaching of Phonology and Phonetics, in fact he was the main writer of the Phonology module on the original SGI Diploma distance learning course, way back in 1995!

One teaching speciality is Academic English, having taught and planned a full range of these courses at SGI Vicenza including many for University students.  

Interesting fact:

David worked in Japan as a cameraman for a Japanese TV company!