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 Leslie Dugger, English Teacher and Academic Manager for Embassy New York, to learn more about her passion for teaching and why the USA is great for international students.
My name is Leslie and I’m from Gainesville, Florida. I lived in Florida most of my life and also lived in Georgia (the country) for one year while teaching English. I studied Spanish and Business in university and later decided to study ESOL and bilingual education for my Master’s degree. I’ve been living in New York for three year and I enjoy it very much.
I started working at Embassy English in 2016.
I absolutely love the opportunity to get to know so many people from all over the world. Living in New York is a great place to do this and being at Embassy gives us even more opportunities. In the past year I’ve met students from 90 different countries.
One of our students came to us at the intermediate level and really wanted to study at a University in the US. Embassy English recently started working with Lesley University in Boston as a Pathways program school and I thought she would be a good fit for their program. She worked very hard to improve her level of English and I worked with her to make sure she completed her applications on time and encouraged her to visit the University on visiting weekend. She was accepted to the University and is still studying there now. She also received a small scholarship to study there.
Our school is located in the heart of the Fashion District and nearby to so many famous places. Our teaching team has a combined 120 years of teaching experience at this school. Their experience allows us to be one of the best schools in New York. We have opportunities to go do anything and everything imaginable because we are in New York City; some say the greatest city in the world. You’ve read about it, seen it in movies, followed its fashion, danced to its music. No matter what your interests, you’ll find endless opportunities to explore them here – and discover new ones. New York features world-class theater, sports, music, art, cuisine, and more. Not to mention, the simple energy that invigorates locals and visitors alike. New York is New York and there isn’t anything else like it in the world.
A few weeks ago we did a school wide scavenger hunt in the city. We divided students into teams, gave them clues to different parts of the city and asked them to take photos. Some of the clues also required students to stop and ask someone a question. It gave them the opportunity to meet students from other classes and explore areas nearby the school with fellow students.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions at school or in the city. New Yorkers have a reputation for being mean but they are very nice people, just busy. If they are in a rush, don’t try and ask questions but if anyone is sitting, strolling or relaxing they are more than happy to help you if you have questions. Also, don’t worry about taking the wrong subway, everyone does it at least a few times.
Practice, practice and more practice. You have to talk to get better at it. Go to conversation club, go on activities, take trips, ask for directions even when you don’t need them. When you go out to eat don’t just point at the menu item, use full sentences.
Sometimes we make mistakes when we speak in our first language, so why should it be any different for another language? Don’t be afraid and just go for it.
The Pennsy is a food hall near Madison Square Garden that always has delicious options for food and drink. When it’s cold outside it’s a good place to go people watch. The High Line and Bryant Park are both very close to the school. They are perfect places to go relax or go for a walk when the weather is nice. Hudson River Greenway is also really close to the school. I enjoy running a lot and after work I will go over to the Greenway for a run.
My favorite word is zephyr. It means a light breeze. I learned this word from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their song “The Zephyr Song”. Shortly after that I began to notice it in literature that I was reading in school as well. It’s funny how words come up like that, never notice them before and then
I speak Spanish very well and like many of our students I had to learn it, I did not grow up speaking it. I also speak some Italian and Georgian (ქართული ენა). Hola, Ciao and გამარჯობათ to everyone!
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