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Who are we?

The school of English World is managed with great passion and attention to detail by me Alison Salmon. I am both the director and one of the English teachers who work at the school. I was born on the outskirts of London where I worked for around 13 years as a graphic designer. Teaching had always interested me and for many years I ran and took part in a medieval re-enactment group which I founded in the 90s, where I often taught others medieval dancing, how to make costumes and many other necessary skills. It is no surprise with such a background that I now really enjoy representing the school on local television and presenting small programmes where I teach English through music, film and real life simulations.

During the 90s I came to Florence on a study tour while I was studying Tuscan 14th century Art History with the Open University. It was a holiday that changed my life and lead me to returning to university full time where I graduated in Art History, specializing in the Italian Renaissance. With my degree in hand, I arrived in San Giovanni Valdarno in the summer of 2005 to study the Italian language and to soak up the culture and it was then that I made the decision to move here. I have lived here since 2006 and after teaching for several years in the area I opened the doors to English World for the first time in 2010.

Since 2010 English World has continued to grow and has become both loved and respected by its more than 750 students past and present, for the quality and variety of lessons, the professionalism, friendliness and availability of its staff and its results in helping an enormous number of people to finally master this fundamental language and change or improve their lives and experiences at work and on holiday.


Sara is our friendly secretary who is able to help you, with whatever information you require regarding courses at the school, collaborations outside the school, quotes, payments and any type of administrative requirement. She has been working at English World since early 2013.

Emma is from Tyldesley Bury near Manchester but has lived in Italy for many years and worked at the school since 2012. She is an experienced and versatile teacher who teaches in many of our business collaborations in addition to adult groups at the school, individual lessons and children’s lessons.

Diana comes from Warwick, but has lived in Italy for around 30 years. She has returned for the second time to teach at English World, primarily working on external courses in local businesses, in addition to individual and group courses at the school. She has got many years of experience teaching Business English, having taught for various fashion and pharmaceutical companies in the local area.

Joe originally from Exeter, taught at English World for more than three years. He taught all ages of children as well as adults in individual and group courses both at the school and in local businesses. He will continue to work with us from September 2016 as an external expert, planning lessons and training staff.


Mob.: 320.55.69.541 info@englishworld.it