The AEA Team consists of Elske van der Wal and Brigitte van Pelt. Merging forces between Breda’s two universities, NHTV and Avans, as well as our diverse backgrounds and talents, we are able to capitalise on our strengths. We like to consider ourselves a dynamic duo.
Our first joint project was in 2015 with the English programme of Hogeschooltaal where we discovered our drive and passion for teaching were in sync. And now we are excited to introduce Advanced English Academy to Breda.
Elske van der Wal has been teaching for over 20 years now, at secondary schools and Breda University of Applied Sciences. She has been an active course designer in one of the first TTO schools in the Netherlands and gave shape to the Cambridge courses at the Stedelijk Gymnasium Breda as she did at one of the Academies of the NHTV. IELTS-based courses for the Dutch-speaking students and lecturers made her soundly acquainted with these levels of English as well. Following up on some requests, she was able to teach primary school pupils from age 7 onwards and has successfully prepared 11 and 12-year-olds for secondary school. Having spent three years abroad (UK/SA) and exploring the world, she is a great supporter of widening other people’s horizons outside their own country.
Brigitte van Pelt is an American expatriate/naturalised Dutch citizen that has been living in Breda since 2002 with her Dutch husband, and teenage daughter and son. She received her BA and MA, both in Communication from West Texas A&M University, Texas. After graduation, she was an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University in her hometown of Fairfax, Virginia. Her fields of expertise are public speaking, interpersonal communication and Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC). She is currently a lecturer at Avans University of Applied Sciences teaching English and communication courses within the communication and nursing studies. She enjoys teaching and seeing her students grow and become more confident in their communication skills. Combining her interests in communication and technology, she is always looking for new ways to make learning more creative and fun.
Mission: To provide high-quality and dedicated English language training and academic preparation to all residents of the Breda region so that they can reach their full potential and follow their professional (international) dreams.
Vision: We aspire to be the place in Breda regarding the English language or international pursuits.