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Embassy English 8 March 2017 - by Katie Fitzgerald, English Teacher, Embassy English Brisbane

Embassy Teachers: Katie Fitzgerald at Embassy Brisbane


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 Katie Fitzgerald at Embassy Brisbane to learn more about her passion for teaching and why Australia is great for international students. 

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Tell us about yourself! 

My name is Katie and I come from county Limerick, in the south of Ireland. I’m a teacher here in Embassy English, Brisbane.

I studied French in university, so I guess I’ve always had a love for languages. I’ve been living in this beautiful city of Brisbane for the past 6 years.

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What is unique about the Embassy Brisbane study centre?

The weather! No matter what time of the year you come to experience this great city, you’re guaranteed a lot of sunshine.

Whether it’s pleasant winter mornings or balmy summer evenings you’re after, Brisbane has it all.

It really has the perfect weather.

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What are your favorite places to hang out around the centre?

Because Brisbane has a relatively small city centre, it is so easy to get from one part of the city to the other. This means there are lots of cool places to hang out in, all within walking distances from each other.

Southbank is a must see if you’re new to Brisbane. Grab an ice-cream and take a stroll along the river, perhaps stopping off and taking a ride on the “Big Wheel” or taking a dip in the water at Streets Beach; Australia’s only inner-city man-made beach. I love strolling through Southbank and soaking up its wonderful atmosphere.

If you’re looking to quench a thirst, West End has loads of trendy bars that I love to hang out in.

And some of the restaurants here do seriously good burgers too!

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What advice would you give a student starting their first day in your city?

Don’t be nervous. Brisbane is a really laid-back, safe city.

It’s not as big as some of the other major cities in Australia, so after your first week or so, you should be able to find your way around the city with ease.

Australian people are really friendly too so if you do find yourself lost, ask anyone on the street for help and they will be more than happy to help.

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Do you have any tips for success in reaching student’s English speaking goals?

Speak English, English, English, English! Did I mention speak English?

You’ve made a big decision to move here from your own country, so it’s very important that you make the most of every minute that you’re here. If you hang out with people who also speak your native language, try not to speak that language.

I know it can be hard sometimes, but the hardest part was coming here in the first place, so don’t let your trip be wasted by speaking your mother tongue.

Join a conversation club and take part in as many social activities as possible, in order to speak as much English as possible.

They don’t say “Practice makes Perfect” for nothing.

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What should a student know about the staff at your centre?

We’re here to help. No matter how big or small a concern or query is, we love when our students share concerns with us, ask us questions or look for advice from us.

We mightn’t always know the right answer, but we can certainly try to steer students in the right direction of someone who does.

 

To learn more about learning English at exciting Embassy Brisbane, contact us today! 

 

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