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About us

Ian Johnston

Back in 2002, when I started my career in English teaching, I would never have imagined where this business would take me. The years of experience have taught me to stay flexible and adapt my teaching style to the individual needs of the clients. This is one of the main aspects in the strategy of The English Room. We opened the school in 2010 with just a handful of clients and have enjoyed sustainable growth ever since. I have met many inspirational people from all corners of the business and industry worlds and that inspiration has also supported the development of The English Room. I’m responsible for representing The English Room, for teaching, predominantly in companies, and for transferring The English Room principles to staff and clients. My main objectives are to provide the best possible service to all our clients, to develop a strong team and to establish long term partnerships to encourage mutual success.

Victoria Johnston

Through travelling in English speaking countries, I discovered my love of the English language, culture and lifestyle from an early age. When we opened The English Room a lifetime dream of mine came true. With its combination of language, elegant style and cultural events – what’s not to like? I love exchanging views and ideas with our customers and colleagues and getting new inspiration for my daily work. At The English Room I teach some classes but mainly do administrative work like bookkeeping, organisation of events and everyday scheduling. Any wishes, problems or questions I’m the person to speak to. If I’m not at The English Room you can find me doing outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing or travelling.

Dr. Christina Nielsen-Marsh

Although Welsh by birth, Germany has been my home since 1973.  For 13 years I was a molecular palaeontologist, hunting for biomolecules in extinct creatures across the world, before my career brought me to Leipzig in 2004.  In 2007, I left research to focus on my new career in art and since then have exhibited my work in the UK, Sweden and Germany, including Leipzig’s famous Spinnerei.  With a such a multi-faceted background, The English Room is a perfect fit for my various skills. Alongside my day-to-day responsibilities in the office, I use the creative side of my brain to keep our social media sites entertaining and informative, and the logical side of my brain for planning courses and teaching our research-based clients.


Our trainers are all native speakers and hold a CELTA/TESOL qualification.  We aim to select not just qualified individuals, but also those who fit well within our friendly and close-knit team.  We believe that in order to provide our clients with the best learning experience, we need to ensure that we have a happy, supportive and well-functioning teaching environment.

We choose our trainers because of their experience and potential. Our trainers come from the UK, the US and other English speaking countries, so whether you are looking for someone with specific local knowledge or simply a dedicated, professional trainer, we have the right person for you.

Work for us

Are you a Leipzig-based (or living nearby) experienced trainer or a native speaker with appropriate qualifications? We are always looking for exceptional and motivated people to join our team. Our main requirement is that you are professional and dedicated.

We offer a friendly, unique work environment, support from experienced staff, small groups and one-to-one classes and the best coffee in town!

If you are interested, please just send us an application via email and we will get in touch with you.
The link below will take you to the Finanzamt’s online site and the form you need to obtain a tax number. Go to Finanzamt

    If you would like to work as a freelancer for The English Room, you will need the following:

    • a CELTA/TESOL qualification and (preferably) experience teaching
    • a bank account
    • a German tax number (this is not the Steueridentifikationsnummer (Steuer-ID-Nr) but a separate number which you need to apply for at the Finanzamt)
    • a recent CV