Our School

The Chatterbox is a small, privately-run business in Nyon, Switzerland, that specializes teaching English to children and adults. We offer English language training and creative activities in a variety of formats: Group English Classes, Private English Lessons, Musicbox (parents and toddlers), and English-in-action activities such as ukulele lessons.

Our Approach

Our philosophy is that learning can and should be a fun and creative process but one that is guided by sound pedagogic principles.

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We use the Oxford University Press Family and Friends and inSight curriculums for our regular schedule of classes during the school year.

Private and on-line lessons can also be tailored to suit individual needs.

Musicbox offers parents and toddlers an opportunity to discover the world of music.

English-in-action classes offer students an opportunity to practice English while learning music or art.

Our
Students

Our students range in age from 18 months to 2 and one-half years for our morning Musicbox classes and from 4 years to adults for our English classes. Given our location in Nyon, in the heart of the Swiss Lake Geneva region, our students represent a diverse range of cultures and nationalities.  

 

Our staff consists of highly-qualified experienced teachers with university degrees in English, Art, Music, and other subjects. 

 

Paula Gordon

Emily

Coreen Croskery

Ben Davis

Wayne Gordon

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Paula, a Swiss/American national, has worked with preschool children for over 20 years. In 2007, she became the director of the pre-school nursery at 19, Rte de St-Cergue, and rebranded it The Chatterbox. She has a BA in art (Rhode Island School of Design), and an MA in music (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). She employs not only paint, clay, and other materials but also music, puppets, stories, and games to encourage learning and creative expression. She expanded The Chatterbox program in 2015 to begin offering afternoon English language classes to youths and adults.

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Emily is from the UK and has been teaching languages creatively to children, teens and adults for more than 10 years. She has a degree in French and English and a Master’s degree in Russian, Translating,  and Interpreting. In her spare time, she is an artist.

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Coreen is from Canada and has been teaching children, teens and adults for more than 10 years. She has a degree in English, a master’s in Expressive Arts and is a certified English teacher. She is passionate about integrating creativity and learning and loves hiking and nature!

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Ben is a Swiss-British bi-national who is used to working with children in holiday camps, and also has several years experience teaching English in a private school in Lausanne. His passion for the theatre and musical theatre has followed him all his life and he likes to incorporate creative activities with learning. In his spare time, he likes hiking with friends and going to the cinema. 

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Wayne is a former IT and Information Security specialist for the United Nations (ITU) who performs administrative functions for The Chatterbox and otherwise devotes his time to playing and teaching the ukulele. He has completed the James Hill Ukulele in the Classroom teacher training program.