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Thomas Middleton was born in the Netherlands and was raised bilingually by his English father and Dutch mother. During a gap-year in South Africa Thomas discovered his love for teaching and decided to obtain a CELTA certificate in Amsterdam to continue teaching abroad. After a spell in Thailand as an English teacher he came back to the Netherlands to complete his BA in English literature and MA in English education and communication to take on an extra academic challenge.
Thomas is interested in motivation and wrote his theses on both teacher and student motivation. His MA thesis on the motivation of refugees learning English in the Netherlands included a needs analysis that was very well received and helped the language school to further specialise in refugee learners of English.
Thomas likes to travel and go on adventurous holidays. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, hiked across the Pamirs in Tajikistan and travelled all across Africa. Thomas started teaching at ISUtrecht in August 2019 and is excited about working at an international school with over 40 different nationalities.