LETA

LETA

LETA was initially founded in Vienna, Austria, in 2009, by Precious Zeinzinger-Tuitz who is Austrian-South African by birth. She had relocated to Vienna for 25 years and returned to South Africa in the year 2016. She founded LETA® Professional Training and Services PTY LTD which is a privately-owned professional training institute, which provides a complete programme of services for businesses, individuals, and young learners.

LETA has created industry-specific courses tailored to the individual needs of international clients from all over the world. We also assist in developing advanced communications skills for presentations, negotiations and public speaking – to name but a few. Alongside language training, LETA also offers creative learning experiences for native English speakers.

Mission Statement:

To provide world-class language experiences across the globe

Aims & Objectives

  • To inspire and nurture
  • To provide positive opportunities for learning
  • To continually strive to use innovative approaches
  • To expand internationally
  • To provide a high quality experience
  • Be socially responsible

Location:

LETA PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND SERVICES (PTY) LTD

The Firs, 4th Floor,

Cnr Biermann and Cradock Ave,

Rosebank 2196

Our Team

LETA comprises a team of experienced and certified coaches. LETA prides itself on using the best materials, ideas and trainers.

<strong>Precious-Sandy Zeinzinger-Tuitz </strong>
Precious-Sandy Zeinzinger-Tuitz Founder/Managing Director & Certified Business English and IELTS Trainer (TESOL & IELTS)
As LETA’s founder and Managing Director, Precious-Sandy completed her education in tourism and business studies. She is in charge of all sales, operations, systems, and marketing at LETA. Alongside her role as Managing Director, she oversees LETA’s teaching curriculum adults and young learners and the recruitment and training of all staff. She also completed her TESOL (Teaching English of other Languages), specialising in IELTS and Business English training for adults and young learners. Mrs Zeinzinger-Tuitz started LETA with just seven students. Her reputation quickly grew, and, within a year, she was overseeing the teaching of more than one hundred students. Further, having previously been employed by corporate companies, Mrs Zeinzinger-Tuitz gained an acute understanding of the needs of companies and individuals entering a new market. She founded LETA South Africa for the purpose of assisting clients in navigating cultural obstacles and improving their Soft and English skills in the environment of international business. Precious is currently developing the expansion of LETA into different territories and is working on new projects for 2021.
<strong>Roné Jacobs</strong>
Roné JacobsCertified English Language Trainer (CELTA)

Roné is a Master’s graduate from the University of Cape Town, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree. During her studies, she gained extensive teaching experience as an Academic Mentor and Tutor. She also taught English for Academic Purposes and Academic Writing to Second Language Speakers at the University of Cape Town. Roné’s journey in EFL/ESL started in 2016 when she moved to South Korea to teach American English full-time for a year. Upon returning to South Africa, she assisted with the organization of the 19th ASSITEJ International World Congress and ITYARN Conference in Cape Town. Her experience working and living in Korea the previous year was invaluable in welcoming the delegation from Korea specifically, and making them feel at home. Roné was subsequently invited to teach as a guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town, and in 2018 she was appointed as the Head of the Junior Drama Department at the prestigious Waterfront Theatre School – a vocational college in Cape Town. Roné also completed her TEFL and CELTA qualification with distinction (Pass A). She also taught adults and working professionals on both Elementary and Intermediate levels. Roné’s experience working with young learners, teenagers, university students, and adults alike, has given her a sensitivity towards cultural and age differences, the skills to anticipate a client or learner’s language needs, and a passion for building a positive rapport with every individual she works with. She is a very dedicated teacher and believes in delivering high standards of work, and goes above the call of duty to make sure her students succeed.

<strong>Ashton Du Toit</strong>
Ashton Du ToitCertified English Language Trainer (CELTA)

Ashton du Toit is a CELTA qualified ESL/EFL instructor, with several years of teaching experience in a variety of different learning environments. He also holds a bachelor’s degree Arts, majoring in Journalism, Media and Drama. After ensuing his first official post at a cutting-edge alternative language academy in South Korea, this charismatic educator was hooked. Motivated by an insatiable desire to develop new innovative teaching methodologies, he consequently went on to expand his horizons. This included working for some of the industry’s best online service providers as an instructor and content creator. Under the watchful eye of these field leaders, his tech-savvy in the arena of online education blossomed. Once again, looking to develop as an educator and content creator in the field of ESL, Ashton pivoted to the personalized solutions sector. Working as the head of studies for a Johannesburg based language lab, he helped create and execute bespoke curriculums for a multitude of clients. These programs covered a broad range of subjects, from interpersonal conversational soft skills development to professional business communication. This wealth of diversified teaching experience, coupled with his knack for skilful delivery and finally seasoned with all the panache one expects from a former Drama and Journalism Major, make Ashton du Toit a pleasure to work with.

<strong>David Jacobs</strong>
David JacobsCertified English Language Trainer (CELTA)

David started his career in the South African Navy as a sea-going Officer specialising in Naval Warfare. After his time in the military, he lectured Business Management and Business Administration subjects at the Management College of Southern Africa. There he gained valuable experience teaching adults and specialised in Corporate Communication, where he taught his students how to effectively communicate in a business setting – with an emphasis on the correct use of English. He subsequently gained practical corporate experience as an Assistant Director in the Department of Economic Development in Cape Town, South Africa.

The lure of teaching proved strong, and he decided to embark on a career in ESL. He subsequently spent time in 2019 teaching American English children and teenagers in South Korea and found it so fulfilling that he chose to continue his career working with adults and teaching Business English, in line with his background. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the Management College of Southern Africa, a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and International Relations from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Politics from the University of South Africa. He is CELTA (Pass B) certified and holds a TEFL certificate. David’s background allows him to understand his students’ contexts very well and to connect with them effectively. He has a strong commitment to his students and finds his fulfilment in seeing them progress in their English abilities.

<strong>Hillary Meikle </strong>
Hillary Meikle Certified English Language Trainer (TESOL)

Hillary Meikle is a certified English language Trainer (TESOL certificate from the Wits Language School) and has a Diploma in Dramatic Art and Stage Technique with the New Era Academy in London, and has more than 20 years of experience in the Expressive Arts and Facilitation in the fields of Effective Communication, Voice Training and Drama. Her early career was in television production and research, where she worked in South Africa for the SABC and in the UK for ITV on various genres of TV shows, from educational programmes to documentaries, news and current affairs. Back in South Africa, Hillary has worked as a Voice and Communication Skills Facilitator for the Voice Clinic, teaching various communication and public speaking skills.  Further,  she also adjudicated at Public Speaking Competitions in various schools and put on public performances and musical drama and dance showcases. She has also done proofreading, research and speechwriting for various private and corporate clients over the years. Hillary’s passion is to teach and guide people in order to make a difference in their lives by equipping them with valuable communication and English language skills. She is experienced in working with people of all ages and from all walks of life and is equally comfortable teaching adults across various spectrums. Some of the clients she worked for at LETA were individual clients and the likes of Norton Rose Bright Headquarters Johannesburg.

<strong>James Nathaniel Pillay</strong>
James Nathaniel PillayCertified Senior English Trainer (CELTA)

James started his career in EFL / ESL in 2002 with his first trip to Seoul, South Korea. During that first year, he fell in love with teaching and the ESL lifestyle. While in South Korea, he taught various age groups ranging from young learners to senior citizens.

His passion lies with teaching adults and during his time in Seoul, he began to specialise in teaching conversational English to adults, business English and upskilling the language ability of professionals. After his time in South Korea, James spent a little over two years teaching in Saudi Arabia. Here he focussed on teaching English for specific and academic purposes in the medical and engineering faculties. Clients and organizations he worked for in Korea are Wall Street International English, Ybm Ecc. and Sun Moon University and at LETA some clients include Mozambique Railways, Nielson South Africa and ERG Africa. Upon his return to South Africa, he resumed teaching in Durban working with professionals who wanted to improve their presentations skills and public speaking. Currently, he works as a senior English Language and Soft Skill trainer for LETA Professional Training and Services PTY LTD and a teacher trainer at Wits University, concentrating on pre-service and in-service teachers. He has a degree in Philosophy, Cultural and Heritage Tourism with a minor in Law. He also obtained his CELTA (Pass B) certification. He has a passion for teaching English holistically and getting to know his students personally and forming relationships that extend beyond the classroom.