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. We promise to give our students guaranteed outcomes, invaluable skills and amazing experiences that last a lifetime. Recently we caught up with Melissa Threadgill, one of our Academic Assistants at Embassy London, to learn more about her passion for teaching and why the UK is great for international students.
My name is Melissa and I’m from South Carolina in the USA. I studied English Literature and History at university in both the USA and in Edinburgh and initially taught writing and composition. I decided to become a language teacher in 2008 because I wanted to help students from all over the world achieve their goals, from getting a good IELTS score to being able to chat to people on holiday. This is still one of the best decisions I have ever made!
I taught in Madrid for 3 years but London was calling and I relocated in 2011. I’ve always been captivated by the UK, so living here is a dream-come-true for me. I truly feel it’s one of the best places in the world for a student to be, especially an English language student!
I began teaching at Embassy Central London in April 2015. As a teacher I feel that communication is paramount, so I focus on that a lot in my lessons. I think it’s important for students to always try to express their ideas, even if they don’t feel completely confident. It always makes me feel great to help a student find their voice in English.
At the moment I am helping out in the Academic Office as the Academic Assistant, and it is great to see a different side of the school and the student experience. Being a teacher, I feel that I have an alternative insight into the problems and issues that our students face, and can use my experiences as a teacher to help them. Working in the Academic Office gives me the opportunity to get to know all the students in the school, as opposed to just my own classes.
In a way I feel like all of the students are “my” students. Embassy London is an amazing place to work, and I love my colleagues—they are all fantastic!
Also, as a foreigner from a small town, I understand how daunting London can be at first! However even though I am not a native Londoner, I adore this city and feel like it is my home now.
One blog post is not enough to list everything there is to do in this unique and wonderful place, but here are a few of my top picks:
I hope you have enjoyed my blog, and I look forward to seeing you at Embassy London in the future!
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