Deborah Turrell

Deborah Turrell

Nick Gardner

Nick Gardner


Introduction to what we offer:

Whilst visiting Trelugga, students will be given an opportunity to explore English within an intensive but enjoyable environment which differs from the environment they would have had at school/university.

No matter what level of English the student possesses or their age, it is assured that during their stay they will be fully immersed in the language through a huge and exciting variety of forms and activities put on by their hosts.

These include reading presentations, drama, group work, discussions and trips to the surrounding countryside.

About us:

Nick and Deborah met in Pakistan in 1988 and lived in South Asia for the first fifteen years of their marriage. They are experienced educationists, and together have set up and run their own primary and middle school in the Karakoram mountains, which is still running today. They moved back to the UK in 2004 and have settled in the idyllic South West of Cornwall.

A little bit about our experience:

Nick studied Agriculture at Oxford University and then worked for Oxfam UK for fourteen years, involved in relief and development work in East Africa and South Asia.

After getting married he has administered educational projects with Deborah and has also taught science to local students in South Asia.

Since returning to the UK he has been busy restoring and improving our homestead in West Cornwall, using his agricultural experience to make Trelugga a self-sufficient small holding.

Deborah planned to teach and travel from the age of nine! She studied Education and Geography for her degree and worked as an English teacher during her vacations.

After receiving her degree and teaching qualification she rushed off to teach in Central Africa.

She  has been teaching and teacher training for virtually thirty five years; mainly in South Asia where she put down roots to have her family, run education projects and set up schools.

She is therefore well aware of the constraints and difficulties that parents and students face in the various types of English Medium and State schools in developing countries.

Her main specialisms are teacher training (she was especially involved in decentralised training in isolated, rural places) in methodology, techniques and curriculum design.

Back in the UK for ten years, she has been engaged in teaching home education groups, giving private tuition and teaching English to International students. Since being back in England she has also taken various consultancy assignments overseas to train teachers and conduct model lessons in schools.

Children and Young Adults: For the ‘Children’s Literature Course’, ‘The Famous Writing Course’ and ‘The Children’s T.E.F.L’ there will be an extra young student with us. A person who loves English and plans to go in to the field of teaching after their degree. They will get involved with all activities and offer the children a chance to discuss more and practice their English more.


  • Training and teaching literature in Pakistan

  • A library that Deborah helped set up in South India, teachers prepare their model lessons after a training from Deborah

  • Deborah has produced many plays, this is a backdrop for a primary school Christmas play

  • Setting up a reading library club in India

  • Some of the schools and children where Deborah has spent much of her life have been at grass roots level. It is in such places that she has been inspired so much by the motivation of local communities. A small library but much used!

  • Arranging functions that encourage reading and parents involvement has been one of the occupations of Deborah

  • Reading is a passion with Deborah and one of the reasons of setting up novelEnglish.

  • Deborah has been involved in teaching and teacher training in many countries. Her main focus has been on the teaching of reading in recent years and hence has helped schools set up libraries and arrange book fairs.

  • Nick in Tanzania

  • Teacher trip to where Stanley met Livingstone