Dr Trish Cooper is passionate about language and about people. For this reason, she is ideally suited to run courses in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) as this gives her the opportunity to interact with people from different nationalities and cultures, and to ensure that the students in her care benefit from the most recent innovations in language teaching.
She started her career lecturing in Linguistics at the University of South Africa. During this time, she taught English to small groups, and so discovered that the best way to encourage students to talk in the language they are learning is to give them a topic which they feel strongly about. Dr Cooper completed her CELTA before starting up a small language unit at Damelin College where the majority of the students were from non-English speaking countries in Africa. She moved from there to Wits Language School at Wits University. She spent 16 years at Wits, initially developing the EFL unit which grew from 24 to 172 students per course under her guidance. She also ran the unit for African, Asian and European languages, and so managed courses in IsiZulu, Mandarin, Spanish, French and Portuguese, amongst others.
Dr Cooper is delighted to be at the University of Pretoria as she has always believed that Pretoria is the perfect location for a language school, and so is extremely excited to be given the challenge of starting up EFL courses at the University. She is determined to make sure that these English courses are amongst the best on offer worldwide.