Barbados - your study destination

Codrington Language Centre

Codrington Language Centre adult courses are held at our corporate building in Christ Church on the south coast of Barbados.

The Centre offers a pleasant learning environment to meet the needs of international students who have diverse interests and abilities.

Codrington Language Centre enrols students from many parts of the world. Surrounded by native English speakers our students enjoy the unrivaled opportunity to improve their English language skills while experiencing a new, exciting culture and often forming lasting friendships.

Why study with us?

  • Barbados is a beautiful island in the Caribbean.
  • It is very easy to reach from most countries.
  • The learning atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.
  • Our teachers are well-qualified and dedicated.
  • We ensure personal attention in the classroom.
  • There are many exciting excursions around Barbados and throughout the Caribbean.
  • We offer you the right course to suit your English language needs.
  • There is a wide variety of accommodation for students including our quality homestay experience.

The Codrington Language Centre Team

Sylvia Johnson

Sylvia Johnson

Sylvia Johnson is the owner and director of 'English in Barbados at Codrington Language Centre'.  She is a British educationalist and linguist who came to live in Barbados in 1972.  She is qualified in business management and has owned and run business ventures for over forty years. 

She has a teacher training certificate from Matlock Teacher Training College in Derbyshire, England and is TOEFL qualified.  She is qualified to teach French, Spanish and English as a Second Language.  She has been involved in education for forty-five years.

Sylvia is a former teacher and principal and current governor and chairman of the board of trustees of The Codrington International School, Barbados, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, which offers all three IB programmes.

Ann Whitehead

Ann Whitehead

Ann has worked as the Coordinator at CLC since May 2008. Ann is originally from Wales in the UK where she owned and ran two very successful pubs. Before moving to Barbados in 2001 she retrained as an holistic therapist in massage, reflexology and as a Reiki practioner.

Ann owned her own spa for over 7 years in Barbados, joining CLC in 2008 and combining holistic therapies during the time she is not working at the Centre.

During her time in Barbados she has managed many of the local musicians and been involved in the production of live music shows at venues such as The Plantation and Frank Collymore Hall and events during the “Crop Over” season (Carnival).

For over six years Ann has been a volunteer with “Love Day” a local charity who assist and help the less fortunate. Many students have donated and helped out at the big Christmas event held in Queen’s Park every year.

Ann is usually the first contact students have with the Centre, organizing accommodation and courses. She can book great excursions for students such as catamaran cruises, island tours and the very popular trip to Mount Gay visitor centre (the home of the island’s famous rum). 

Sally - Teacher

Sally - Teacher

Sally is from Derbyshire in the UK, and has lived in Barbados since 1992.   

Sally has a BA(Hons) and PGCE in English from Bristol University as well as TEFL training and an RSA Diploma in TESL. She taught English Language at all levels in London, Nigeria and the West Midlands before moving to Barbados.  Here she had a more rural life, bringing up her two children and developing a small home-based business in hand-painted ceramics, later returning to teaching at various locations. This included TESL as well as working with dyslexic children and adults. 

Sally joined The Codrington Language Centre in 2010. She finds it a very stimulating environment and a great place to work, where one really has the opportunity to respond to different learning styles and to individual needs.

Celia Alleyne

Celia Alleyne

Celia comes from a background of avid readers and has always been passionate about the outdoors, travel and language. She earned her BA in French and Spanish in 1985 at UWI Cave Hill. Celia hasn't yet realized her dream of becoming an interpreter but she does excel at scuba diving, another one of her passions, and she became certified as a Divemaster enabling her to indulge her love of the water, something she often did growing up on the west coast.

A Level 2 Reiki practitioner, Celia was employed in the Hospitality Industry for many years and has always enjoyed meeting people. Joining the CLC in 2014 was a stroke of good fortune for her. She describes the environment at the school as interesting, stimulating and educational…….and not only for the students.

Celia has provided private tuition for non-English speakers and taught students at various levels of competency in English. When not at the CLC, Celia spends her time creating colourful, organic jewelry from the Tagua nut and being with her family.

Julie - Teacher

Julie - Teacher

Since my first teaching position in 2002 in English as a Foreign Language and Spanish, I have provided instruction for a variety of courses such as the Caribbean Examination Council’s CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) in French and Spanish; Spanish courses from overseas curricula (France and USA); English for Specified Purposes – Medical and Business; one-to-one and mixed nationality classes for adults, juniors and young learners in General English at all levels from beginner to advanced.  I am passionate about providing tailor-made lessons that are motivating, incorporate the use of current technology and are life-applicable.  Having studied several foreign languages myself (i.e. Spanish, French, German and Chinese), I appreciate the challenges that face students and the most effective means of language acquisition.  I love meeting people from all over the world and sharing aspects of my Barbadian and Grenadian heritage with them.

Shana Jones – Instructor of Aviation English and Aviation English for Test and Interview Preparation

Shana Jones – Instructor of Aviation English and Aviation English for Test and Interview Preparation

Shana earned her commercial pilot license, BSc. in Aeronautical Science, and MBA/Aviation at Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Her undergraduate studies included the completion of a minor in Air Traffic Control and an Aircraft Dispatcher’s Certificate. Two years after her master’s degree, she moved to Barbados and secured a DHC-6 Twin Otter first officer position with the Grenadine Air Alliance (GAA). A brief stint at Porter Airlines in Toronto as a DHC-8Q400 first officer followed before she returned to GAA in 2010.

Shana’s journey into the world of ESL instruction started with a volunteer teacher’s assistant position at a local community college while she was doing her master’s degree. When the program ended for the summer, she continued as a group tutor for some of the students. In 2012 (while flying full time) she completed an online TESOL certification course and 10-hour practicum at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada, where she taught college-aged students of various levels and nationalities. Soon after, she landed her first ESL private tutoring job through the Barbados Community College.

In 2017 she embarked on her most fulfilling teaching experience to date: one-on-one ESL instruction through an online platform. With a flexible approach to lesson delivery, she provides specifically tailored ESL lessons covering the 4 core areas of language learning to students from around the world. For her pilot and air traffic control students, her lessons also provide an opportunity to prepare for interviews and aviation English proficiency tests.

Nowadays, she juggles flying, teaching, and other interests such as travel writing and Latin dance, which she often intertwines with her teaching. She embraces every opportunity to contribute to her students’ development as confident English speakers.

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