I’ve been working for Embassy English in various roles since 1999! During that time I’ve been a Social Activities Organiser, Teacher, Advanced Practitioner (helping train teachers with Interactive Whiteboards/technology), and Head of Teaching. I recently moved to teach at Embassy London after a number of fantastic years working in Greenwich. Here’s my brief guide on 5 essential tips on how to enjoy London and make the most of your Embassy English experience.
London is the greatest city in the world (in my opinion!), and both Embassy English London locations are amazing. From the Embassy London, you can easily get to London’s major attractions, so you really feel you are really in the heart of this fantastic city. Greenwich is a really beautiful and historic area of London by the river, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
I would recommend doing a walking tour of some of the major London sights . Students are sometimes surprised by how close together some of these places are. Discovering them on foot gives you a much better idea of the geography and atmosphere of London.
Ask other students and teachers for recommendations and advice as they will be happy to help, and it’s a good way to get to know other people.
Also, there are hundreds of amazing things you can do in London for free, you don’t always have to spend a lot of money. Look at http://www.timeout.com/london for ideas.
Students love the fact that places such as Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, the Southbank, Oxford Street and major tourist attractions are just a short walk/tube ride away. But every area has its own character and history and even Londoners who have lived here for years are constantly discovering new and interesting places. Personally, I love going to London’s Parks and green spaces which are amazing and great places to relax or go running and cycling. Nearby we have Regents Park, Primrose Hill, Hampstead Heath and St.James’s Park to name just a few. I also love going to cafés and pubs by the many canals in London, or next to the River Thames. Charlotte Street, which is regarded as one of Europe’s best streets for food and restaurants, is a 5 minute walk from the centre and you can find great places to eat food from all over the world there.
Living in London gives you the opportunity to try amazing food from all over the world – Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Korean and Indian are a few of my favourites but you can find food from almost every country somewhere. Be experimental, don’t be boring! Try the amazing street food in places such as Borough Market, Brick Lane, Broadway Market. Don’t forget to eat a traditional Sunday roast dinner as well (roast lamb, beef, pork or chicken with roast potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, gravy…..), preferably in a pub, by the fire and with a pint of real ale. Desserts such as Fruit crumble and Sticky Toffee Pudding are classics!
Students who are highly motivated, disciplined, open-minded, participate actively, take some responsibility for their own learning, and are determined to make the most of their experience both in and out of the class undoubtedly make the most progress. Speak in English as much as you can to classmates, teachers and people you meet outside the class and make use of all the authentic materials and resources that studying in an English-speaking country offers (read newspapers, watch TV, listen to the radio, socialize etc!) Also, use the excellent online material such as the my.embassyenglish.com website for extra practice.
Staff here are all extremely friendly, helpful, dedicated and professional and really want to help you get the most out of your experience.
I love being in the classroom, interacting with students from all over the world, and helping them progress in their English. It’s immensely rewarding to see students developing their language skills and helping them to meet their personal and professional goals. It’s also great to see students making lifelong friends from all over the world, and learning so much through the experience of living and studying abroad, and sharing their knowledge and experiences together in English.
Similarly, London is an incredibly multi-cultural and diverse city, and you should find Londoners to generally be very tolerant, open-minded, welcoming and helpful.
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