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 Tyrrell, English Teacher at Embassy London, to learn more about her passion for teaching and why the UK is great for international students.
My name’s Claire, and this is actually now the fourth year that I have worked at Greenwich London as a teacher in the summer for our StudyTours groups.
For me, one of the unique things about this school is that not only have the full time teachers worked here for a long time, but the same summer teachers come back every year, too. I always look forward to coming back to the school to catch up with all the same people, and it creates a really nice atmosphere to work in.
The teachers here genuinely enjoy working closely together to give the students a great learning experience, and I think the students also notice and appreciate this friendly feel to the school.
Greenwich as a place is also a great summer location, so the school gets a good variety of students at this time. It has become very popular with young groups of students on shorter, summer study breaks. It is just a short underground or boat trip from all the sights of central London, but it’s also a much more relaxing area to come back to.
I absolutely love the park here, and it genuinely has one of the most impressive views of all of London, from the millennium dome in one direction, to the city itself with the shard and the London Eye. Over the summer as well you have good accommodation right next to the school, so it takes no more than a couple of minutes to get to class in the morning!
These young groups bring a lot of energy to the school, but we also have a lot of longer term students, and students of different ages. It’s very rewarding to have the time to get to know these students well and see them progress throughout their stay. But, we also get to guide them more in what London has to offer during a longer stay.
In the school ‘Bringing English to Life’ is something the teachers try to focus on – that is getting out of the classroom and interacting with the ‘real world’.
I remember learning Chinese in Taiwan, and much of the learning really did come outside of the classroom. For new students there is a lot to offer in terms of attractions, and in many places there are free tours so you can use what you’ve studied to learn a little more about the city, and ask the guides lots of questions.
For the more confident, and perhaps slightly older students who have studied degrees at home, there is a lot to offer in terms of activities. There are always public talks on all kinds of subjects (try the London university websites) or film or art showings, if that’s what you are in to, or groups of people who get together based on shared interests or hobbies.
In fact, there is so much to do, finding what suits you can be a bit overwhelming, but your teachers are always willing to help. For older students, you could also try a regular pub quiz – very popular with locals, and there are always plenty around!
Remember as well, many conversations you have in English in your future travels or career will not be with native English speakers, so multicultural London is perfect to get in some practice. You get to speak English with native Londoners, but you also get to gain confidence in speaking English with people with a variety of different accents from all over the world!
This to me is what English in the real modern world is all about.« Previous post
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