Bryan Hollamby - A Potted History

I was born in 1963 in Pembury in southern England, but spent my first twenty years in various parts of the country, as my family moved home every three years or so. Although this may sound unsettling for a youngster, it was educational in that I certainly got to see how people living in various areas of the country view life differently!

In 1981 I finished my secondary education, and throughout my teenage years I showed a strong penchant for languages. This resulted in my A-level studies being in French, German and Latin. As a natural consequence thereof, I went on to study French and Modern Greek at the University of Birmingham between 1982 and 1986, after spending a "year out" working in Talloires, near the beautiful town of Annecy in south-eastern France. The third year of my studies was spent at the School of Modern Greek at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, although I would say that my spoken ability at Modern Greek was aided far more by spending time at the local cafe chatting with locals rather than at the university, which was beset by the student sit-ins which characterised Greek higher educational institutions in the mid-eighties!! I finished my university education in 1986, gaining a Combined Honours BA degree in French and Modern Greek.

Following this, I started working for the Strategakis School of Languages in Kilkis, a small town in northern Greece. I worked for this company for seven years, and in 1993 was offered headmastership of the school.  However, my plans lay elsewhere and at the end of the same year I started operating as a small business, teaching privately on a one-to-one basis, which I have found to be a far more productive means of teaching English. Details of my teaching methods can be found in the Services section of my website.