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 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!
Everybody at Embassy English knows Mathew Cox. To sum up, he is the first face you see in your first day. If you see someone running everyday with papers knocking the classroom doors asking for students, it is him. Also, he is the nice guy who plans unforgettable trips around Melbourne. Matt is like the life of the party.
Although Matt lives on the go, he is always with a smile, trying to do his best to help the students and give them solutions. Precisely in the middle of a busy day, he gave me this interview in which he tells interesting things about his 15 years working at Embassy English.
It was quite different because we were installed in a different building on Lonsdale Street, and I started teaching high school preparation programmes. In those days, we used to have lot of teenagers from China between 15 – 17 years old. They needed the English program before going to the high school in Melbourne. In addition, we also had General English as we have now.
I think one of our skills has been being adaptable, finding how to understand different people, languages, and nationalities. On another hand, the demographic has changed a lot. When I started teaching, 90 percent where from China. This goes in cycles as a couple of years ago, we had 40 percent from Saudi Arabia, now Colombians taking over, and 40 percent are Koreans. Therefore, that comes and goes in waves.
I guess the most difficult part is making sure the lessons are fresh and interesting and trying to keep the students motivated. Because if the students are not engage nothing is going to work. In addition, we need to be able to think on our feet because sometimes things happen that you do not expect. So you need to be able to think of solutions.
I believe I started teaching in 1998 in other school. But before of that, I worked in a bar, a factory, and a supermarket as well. Before I started working as a teacher, I did not have a proper job; however, when I went to the university my friend, who is a teacher, suggested trying it. I decided to study to teach English.
Everyday I am talking with students about problems they have or I help them if they need to do some changes. I take attendance, coordinate Cambridge FCE and CAE courses and organise social activities. I left teaching two years ago but I admit that I miss it.
To be honest I do not have a lot of free time because I run my own business of tourism, so there are pretty busy weekends in that. However, I spend time with my two daughters, my partner and my puppy. In addition, I like running because I run the Melbourne Marathon every year.« Previous post
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