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 Claire Tyrell, English Teacher at Embassy Greenwich, to learn more about her passion for teaching and why the UK is great for international students.
My name’s Claire and I’m originally from a town near the south coast of England just a couple of hours from London. I studied English Literature and Philosophy at university, and have always loved reading and languages.
When I first qualified to teach English I spent 5 years teaching and writing text books in Taiwan, which was a great experience. I became fascinated by the culture there, and actually ended up doing an MA in Chinese studies when I returned to the UK. While working in Taiwan, I was also learning Chinese, and I think learning such a different language has certainly helped me appreciate the difficulties students of English face as well as how to overcome them.
Greenwich is a great place for students to spend the summer, and I come back each year for this really busy time period. Although this is my third summer at the Greenwich school, in some ways I’m still the new girl, as many of the summer teachers have been coming back for over 10 years – a sure sign of a friendly and supportive work place!
It’s great being in London and teaching motivated students from all over the world, but I can honestly say that at Embassy Greenwich we have the friendliest group of teachers and manager that I have worked with.
I think the students pick up on this, too, and realize that the teachers really do love seeing them work hard and progress in their time here.
Embassy Greenwich is in the perfect location. It’s very close to London of course (in fact you can see famous landmarks such as the Shard and the London Eye down the river) but it doesn’t have the overwhelming volumes of people you get in central London.
It’s very easy to head to the city by underground, bus, or even by boat, but you can also enjoy the relative peace and quiet of Greenwich Park and the small town feel of the place.
When the weather’s nice I spend a lot of time in Greenwich’s royal park, which is one of the nicest parks in London and only a relatively short walk away from the school campus.
It’s a great place to get together with friends for a picnic, and from in front of the Greenwich Observatory (home of Greenwich Mean Time) you can just sit and take in one of the best views in London – the beautiful historic buildings and museums of Greenwich on the banks of the Thames below, and all the more distant, modern landmarks which stretch through the city.
There are several pubs in Greenwich right on the bank of the Thames, the traditional Trafalgar Tavern and Cutty Sark, and the much newer The Sail Loft near the school, each with its own distinct feel. On a nice day they are the perfect location to enjoy a drink while you watch the sun set.
The advice I would give to students arriving at the school on their first day is to get a good transport map – London’s transport system is great but a little bit confusing when you first arrive. However, then I would advise students to just relax and enjoy their time here.
Depending on how long students are staying, it can be easy to turn a stay in London into just a list of ‘must-see’ sights or museums, but London and Greenwich have so much more to offer. Students should take time to walk around the city rather than just going around by tube and make sure that they experience the different sides to London; after all, alongside the historic sites, London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
For students wanting to improve their English there is also a lot of ‘free English’ outside the classroom. There are free city and museum tours, several free daily newspapers which include information on up-coming local events and, since we get students with many different academic backgrounds, they should also check the university websites for any free public talks or lectures which sometimes include a social event afterwards.
When it comes to food, the wonderful thing about Greenwich and London is that whatever cuisine you want to try, you can find it. While English food sadly does not have the best reputation, London is one of the food capitals of the world.
Having said that, most students arrive wanting to try fish and chips! With fish and chips, to try the real thing you definitely need to go to a proper English ‘chippy’, where they come wrapped in paper and smothered in salt and vinegar.
Actually, a popular choice for English people are the many Indian restaurants, but you could try some ‘pub grub’ such as a typical roast lunch on Sundays, or head to one of the markets – the old Greenwich market is a nice choice, or the famous Borough Market , where you’ll be spoilt for choice.
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