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Embassy English 20 February 2016 - by Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, Student, Embassy English Melbourne

My Embassy Life: A Teacher Interview with Joanne Hatziladas

Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, our newest student blogger, has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, she knew that in order to achieve her goals of taking her career to the next level, she needed to improve her English language skills. Because Angela’s dreams also included international travel, particularly to Australia, when she discovered  Embassy English Melbourne, she knew had found the perfect programme. As part of her intensive English language immersion, Angela will be writing weekly articles for Study Group’s Brightly Blog, as well as acting as a guest contributor to the Embassy English Blog. Stay tuned to follow Angela’s My Embassy Life in fascinating Melbourne, Australia!


My Embassy Melbourne teacher Joanne Hatziladas was born in Australia but her background is Greek. She has been teaching for 22 years and it is her passion. She had described herself in her classes as loud and patient. In addition, she says she likes to live on the go, and the most important thing is that she is herself. If you walk across Embassy English halls and you ask to students about her, everybody would say she is the kind of teacher who expects a lot, and the same time is a support for everyone.

I have had class with her in General English and Cambridge Course, and I would say Joanne is one of the most valuable teachers Embassy English has. For this reason, I decided interview her to know some details about her and what she thinks is the best way to learn a language as English.

Joanne teaching

 How long have you taught English?

I have been teaching English for approximately 22 years and I love it. I love passing my knowledge to students. I have meet so many people in my life and I am still friends with everybody.


How can you describe yourself?

I am loud, I try to show my motherly side to the students, and I am myself. This is something the students bring out of me. I cannot change and I would not change it.


What features must a teacher have to be successful?

A teacher must be approachable. For example, we know we get strong students and weak students, and sometimes the students are afraid to raise their hand and ask for help. Therefore, it is important that their teacher is approachable so the students can approach and talk about the problems they are having. Also patience, because some students learn faster than others do. A teacher must be very patient to help their students.


Do you remember how your first day teaching was?

I was shaking like a leaf! I was very young. However, I believe it was one of the best days in all my life. I was being observed by the principle of the school, but the students were so nice, they were lovely, so that made it important.

How long ago did you start to work at Embassy English?

I started at Embassy in June of the last year, and I do not want to work anywhere else. My manager is amazing, people are wonderful, and the students are lovely. In addition, I believe in the school philosophy.


What is your method to teach English?

Share expressions with the students and get plenty speaking practice. The students must go to an English speaking country and practice. It is the best way to pick up a language. You will learn naturally.


What do you believe is unique in this job?

All the different cultures you get to know with the students. That is I really love; my students. When I go home every day, I feel like rock star because I probably get about 15 emails a day from different countries. Is a lovely job.

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