Students choose to study at Embassy English because they want to improve their English language skills with the most qualified teachers. Our diverse teaching staff is dedicated to helping students achieve their goals with fun and engaging interactive classes that help students learn English quickly and easily. Recently we caught up with Betty Ojeda-Andrew, one of our English teachers at Embassy Gold Coast, to learn more about her passion for teaching and why Australia is great for international students.
I’m Betty. It has been my good fortune to have been able to travel to different places in the world which gave me the opportunity not only to witness the natural beauty of the countries visited but also, and most important, the chance to meet people from different social, political, cultural as well as religious backgrounds
I had always loved the language and literature in general, so I thought becoming a teacher of English was a good choice. While at university I enjoyed paraphrasing Shakespeare’s tragedies, Orwell’s great dystopia, and Hemingway, and I also got lost in Milton’s Paradise Lost and Kant’s philosophy, but one day, in front of the class I found how amazing it was to teach.
That was when I knew that I was meant to be a teacher.
I started working for Embassy Gold Coast in January 2014 and it was “love at first sight”. As far as technology is concerned, the school has everything a teacher could wish for. My favourite is the IWB (interactive white board) which enables me, among other things, to add photos, music links, videos, and games, making everything more appealing to the students. The atmosphere at school is very good, our students are lively, and we are close to one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.
As a teacher and especially working with the first levels, nothing compares to the satisfaction experienced when I see how a student has improved. Every time I meet one of the students whom I helped at the very beginning of their learning process and see them interact using complex structures and a large vocabulary I’m filled with joy.
All our centres are fantastic, with the latest, most up-to-date tech, experienced teachers and friendly and helpful staff but where else would you be able to grab your surf board and enjoy some good waves before or after class?
I have seen that the students that improve the most are the ones who mingle with people from other countries. The ones who share their social life only with people who speak their native language are the ones who see little progress. I would say that being with people from other places in the world will not only help students improve their speaking skills but will also enlarge their general knowledge and add greatly to their personality.
We are about 350 meters from the beach, yes, the iconic Surfers Paradise, and yes again, we’re pretty lucky. There are restaurants, interesting beachfront markets, shops and nightclubs, so there’s little chance students will get bored after class. The Gold Coast has plenty of marvelous beaches to visit, and if by any chance somebody gets tired of so much marine beauty, they can always go to Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland, or experience a bit of mountain life in Mt Tamborine.
There are plenty of restaurants serving international as well as Aussie meals, but what I always recommend my students to visit are the surf clubs. The dishes are simple but reasonably priced and it’s a good way of experiencing a bit of the Australian culture enjoying terrific views as the Surf Life Saving Clubs are by the sea. The Irish pubs also serve reasonably priced meals and gather young people who love mingling, listening to music and sharing a drink.« Previous post
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