Language Express - Your School For
Language Express, also known as LX to our friends, was founded by Simon Cavell and Mike Ratcliff in 2009. We have provided the communities in Bangkok with language education for over 7 years.
Our Thailand chapter began when our founders, Simon Cavell and Mike Ratcliff, were invited to open an English centre at Wat Phra Bhuddapat (Saraburi) in 2007. This non-profit school offers free English language courses to monks and local people. Simon flew Thai and Lao teachers from the school to Sydney for TEFL training.
In February 2009 Language Express opened in Bangkok. Our school provides a unique teaching method and curriculum with proven results in a spacious, well-equipped school, directly next to BTS Phloenchit. Together, we have educated more than 12,000 students from dozens of countries over the past 7 years in English and Thai.
Not only do we provide top quality language education, but we strive to build a community of friends in a fun and friendly environment! Come and join us at Language Express in Bangkok and experience the difference.
Simon Cavell: Founder/Director
B.Com (Hons), CELTA, Cert IV AWPT, Cert IV TESOL
“I want to open the new world of learning English to everyone in Thailand.”
Simon, originally from Cambridge, England, has been involved in education since 1990, working at schools and colleges in Australia, England, Italy, Japan, and Thailand. He has an Honours Degree in Economics, a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and corporate training qualifications. Before commencing his own business career, Simon was as an administrator at Japan’s largest English education provider, and worked for the Osaka Board of Education. Over the past decade he has owned and operated schools in Japan, Australia and Thailand. Simon has lived in Thailand for a number of years and is passionate about delivering quality language education to his students. He is delighted to bring his style of learning to Thailand.
Joseph Luzza: Director
B.Com, MBA, Cert IV Train the Trainer, Cert IV TESOL
“I want to provide new avenues of business for Thai students by increasing the knowledge of the English language.”
Born in 1962 Joseph hails from Melbourne, Australia and has been involved in education since 2009 having worked in his own language school and TAFE in Australia and working in language schools across Bangkok over the last 2 years. Joseph is a qualified accountant and is an FCPA in Australia. He is still actively involved (from a Board level) in business interests in Australia (Aged Care Facilities).
Prior to his involvement in Education Joseph spent 15 years working with 2 of the major retailers in Australia having worked as an Accountant/Financial Controller as well as a Merchandise Buyer travelling the world analyzing fashion trends.
Joseph has lived in Thailand for the last 2 years and, like his business partner Simon Cavell, is passionate about delivering quality language education to students in Thailand.
Dr. Ram Piyaket: Director
Dr Ram Piyaket comes to Language Express with a huge experience in Educational Management. He realized early in life that he had a passion to coach and teach others. Due to this, he accepted an invitation to be part of the management team at the College of Management, Mahidol University, where he developed and directed a new graduate programme in electronic commerce. During his tenure with Mahidol University, Ram held many classes, organized and conducted a large number of trainings and workshops for organizational leaders both from public and private sectors.
Ram was a frequent invited speaker to both technical and management seminars. He was also selected by the Ministry of Commerce Department of Business Development to publish a research work entitled “Development of E-Commerce Entrepreneurs in Thailand” by the Department of Business Development, Ministry of Commerce. Ram then joined IBM as a managing consultant and further developed his skills in trainings in high performance and teamwork, project management, and client relationship management, which he used to steer several projects to success.
Dr. Om Huvanandana: Principal
D.B.A., M.A., B.Com
Dr. Om Huvanandana was born and raised in Thailand. In 1969 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Economics from Thammasat University. After that, Dr. Om went to the US in 1979 to pursue his studies in Business Administration at Indiana University and was granted a PhD in Business Economics and Public Policy. Om started lecturing at the Economics faculty of Thammasat University in the fields of Micro Economics, Industrial Economics, Banking and Money.
Since then Om has been a director of the MBA program at Sripatum University as well as a director of the MBA program at The University of Thai Chamber of Commerce. He served as Dean of the Business Faculty at Rangsit University between 1995 and 1996 and as a Director of the College of Management at Mahidol University, one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, from 1996 until 2003.
Dr. Om Huvanandana brings his valuable educational expertise to Language Express in his role as Principal.