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 a half years for our morning music 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

Helen Mousena

Coreen Croskery

Zoë Gordon

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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Helen Mousena is originally from Greece. She holds a BA and MA in teaching French and is a certified English and Greek teacher. She has a long experience in education for more than 20 years teaching languages to multiple grades and a variety of ages. She is passionate about working with kids and tries to transform educational material to a rich set of stimuli and playful activities to keep the students motivated and engaged. She likes travelling, swimming and cooking.

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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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Zoë is a classically trained violinist, with experience in contemporary arts practice as well as cultural mediation. She currently teaches violin and music initiation to young children as well as toddlers and parents in Fribourg, Bulle and Châtel-Saint-Denis, at the music school Artist Factory. Zoë is also the founding member of the duo desdëa.  

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/desdea_/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/zoe-gordon-92849038 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF7uV3FKH7EXUKq5fmejmzQ

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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.