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Mary Ann of Astara Learning Centre

Do you believe that hard work, determination, a positive attitude and dedication matter? I do. So more importantly does Mary Ann. Do go and visit her very impressive website to see what she can offer you. She has made many, many students happy.

Mary Ann

Mary Ann

My teaching style in 140 characters

Making the study of English – be it a test or just ESL – interesting, enjoyable, doable and easy to understand, has always been my motto.

This is what my students say

Marzena:   “Mrs. Ninan makes the lessons very interesting and easy to understand, and most importantly knows how to encourage the student and get the best out of them.”

Hind: “You are the Best teacher I ever met who is so helpful and you treat your student as one of your daughters. I was lucky to be one of your students….”


Professional preparation for:


Training in ESL

  • Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking Skills

Additional Services

  • TESL Ontario Certificate

All Services are offered in the classroom and on SKYPE

Experience and Qualifications

  • Masters in English Literature with Honors
  • TESL Certificate with Honors, TESL Ontario Certificate
  • TESL Certificate with Honors
  • MELAB Oral Examiner Certificate
  • TOEFL Certification for new iBT TOEFL

Course Developer and Instructor, University of Alberta EAP140 course, Developed and conducted CAEL & MELAB workshops, Administrator for MELAB & CAEL exams, Taught FCE & CPE in the BATELCO Engineering College in Bahrain and Developed and taught SPEED READING for Managers in Bahrain.

35 years of teaching experience – Taught in Mumbai, India, Bahrain in the Middle East and now in Toronto, Canada.

Location and Time Zone

  • Toronto in Ontario, Canada
  • US Eastern Time Zone (+5 hours GMT)


  •  Monday to Friday
  • Weekends on special requests

How to find me

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Get more help with IELTS preparation on the main pages of my site

Home page

Speaking Guide

Writing Guide

Essay writing guide

Academic task 1 guide

Letter writing guide

Reading guide

Listening guide

IELTS vocabulary

IELTS grammar

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4 Responses to Mary Ann of Astara Learning Centre

  1. Amandeep Singh September 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Hello mam.. my name is Aman from india. I am planning to study in canada for this i have to give ielts and to be honest i am actually very afraid.. i don’t have any experience about it.. i dont want to loose this chance.. i don’t know how to prepare for it..

  2. Raj September 18, 2015 at 4:54 am #

    Hello mam I am from Edmonton .I want to study in uni. for that I am supposed to take can u help me please

    • Dominic Cole September 18, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      Please contact Mary Ann direct using the details above.

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