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Pierre Coetzee

I graduated from Pretoria University with a B.Com. Law and an LLB degree. Then I decided to see the world and explore some educational theories I had. It was going to be for a year or so but then I found I really enjoyed teaching and in Taiwan I had many opportunities to get involved in curriculum development. At the same time the Government in South Africa changed and with it, a lot of what I had studied.

I started teaching regular Joy American School hours. About a year later I started working for Jump Start in Taipei, the first school to offer full day all English classes. After about a year I was Head Teacher at one of the branches but I changed to curriculum development when my first term as Head Teacher ended. I enjoyed three very nice years teaching and working on the curriculum.

I became a father of my own children and soon there were three of them. My wife is from Hualien and we decided to move down there to open our own school. We opened The Hill English School and ran it for 7 years, starting from scratch and progressing to about 150 students in two schools teaching only English.

Then one day, after all of this, it struck me, ‘Holy Cow!!!’ This is how you are supposed to teach English. I got a clear picture in my mind of how an English class should be taught and the materials that teachers should be using. The only problem was that it did not, as of yet, exist.

Not long after this I met with Leighton and he was enthusiastic, capable, experienced and of the same conviction. About a month later………Interactile Learning was born.

I now reside in South Africa where I run Interactile Learning there. 

Leighton Jones

I had itchy feet throughout high school and university to the point that I skipped my university graduation ceremony in order to get on an airplane. My mother was not impressed but I had a world to explore.

Arriving, somehow, in Hualien, Taiwan was an eye-opener. My initial ticket allowed for a twelve month stay here. At the end of the twelve month stay I left, but immediately came back. And that was 16 years ago.

Fortunately though, I had landed in Hualien, for sure the best part of Taiwan. So despite a busy work and Interactile schedule, at some point in every weekend I try to get a foot in a river, on a beach or up a mountain.

I have always enjoyed teaching but have never found materials available that enable quality review from week to week, month to month, and semester to semester. And, for me, in a country where English is not the first language, and opportunities to practice English, therefore, are few and far between, review becomes imperative. From this point we began Interactile Learning.