The Madrid Metropolitan talks to Tom Dillon, a British native, from Manchester (the red side) who has been living in Madrid for the last 12 years about his ground-breaking teaching tool and initiative to help change the way people learn English.Tom got involved in the EFL industry after graduating in Communication Studies. “I had aspirations of getting into the film industry, but at the time it just wasn’t financially feasible”. “I had always been a deep thinker, musically and visually creative, ambitious and with a global mentality and after feeling frustrated for a couple of years I came to what I would call an existential decision – thinking, what do I actually want to do in my life and what do I love doing?”
“It boiled down to two simple elements: 1) I love being creative and 2) I want to help people. From that moment on it made sense getting involved in education in some way, so I did an online teaching English qualification, and then did a full teaching qualification. My Mum had also been a teacher, so it’s certainly in my blood”.
Tom moved to Madrid in 2005 to continue his vocation. “After grinding my backside off the first three years, I got the chance to set up my first company ten years ago and soon felt that I needed to scale business into the edtech world if I was to innovate and grow and add value to students, teachers and educational institutions.”
“I started filming some pilot videos with my buddy Vicki and then managed to snag some initial investment to create videos formally (this took 4 years) and then into an educational platform. (Another 3!) It’s been a life changing experience in many ways to create Show Me English” – http://showmeenglish.com/ is now being piloted by leading by leading NGO´s such as World Vision España and looks set to grow further through content led material and app distribution to a wider audience.