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Embassy English 11 August 2016 - by Douglas Jackson, Teacher, Embassy English London

Embassy Teachers: Meet Douglas Jackson from Embassy London

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 Douglas Jackson, one of our English teachers at Embassy London, to learn more about his passion for teaching and why England is great for international students. 

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Hi I’m Douglas – I am from Leicester which is smack bang in the middle of England. Leicester is a middle sized city which happens to be the home of the 2016 Premiership Football Champions. I come to Embassy London every summer as I spend the majority of the year working in the Middle East.

My role in Embassy is as an English instructor and I have been working at the Greenwich location since 2008.

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My favorite part of the job is getting to meet the new students and helping them to feel more comfortable using English. We have lots of students who are shy on the first day but they soon get relaxed and once they see that learning English can be incredible fun they really improve and feel more confident using the language.

English is a global language so it’s important for students to see how many different ways we can use English to improve our global understanding.

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We sometimes get special requests from students to help them with a particular subject or topic that they are studying in their home country.

Once I had a student who was studying English history in his local university so he needed me to help explain to him the famous kings and queens of England. He particularly found the story of Henry VIII and his six wives amusing, but we do get lots of requests from students who want to know more about the music, art, architecture, economy and culture of Britain and I like those requests as it helps me to understand more about my country.

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My favorite place to hang out in Greenwich is probably the cafeteria. The cafeteria doubles up as the breakfast, lunch and dinner venue during the day but in the evenings it becomes one of the social hangouts for the school. You can grab a cup of coffee here and meet up with your friends and check out the latest happenings in London.

My advice for a brand new student on their first day in London is to get a good group of mates and head to the nearest coffee shop. London is a city best explored with friends so you can share your memories together. Once you have decided what interests you, London awaits your arrival.

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In order to reach your speaking goals, don’t be afraid to take risks. It’s inevitable that you will make mistakes when learning a language but everyone at Embassy English is committed to helping you achieve your goals.

I would recommend that you listen to English radio, watch our TV programs and films and most importantly don’t forget to volunteer yourself for karaoke in the cafeteria. It’s amazing your pronunciation and fluency can increases after you belt a few good sings out on the karaoke box.

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It’s important for students to know that the staff are friendly at Embassy and are at hand to help you get the most out of the English language experience.

Don’t hesitate to ask them any question, if they don’t know it they will be sure to find out the answer for you as soon as possible. The staff come from all parts of the UK so you get a good understanding of the subtle differences between all the people that make up the UK.

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London is a foodie city. There are numerous restaurants which cater to tastes from all over the world. You should definitely try Pie and Mash which is a London favourite and this can be found at Greenwich Market.

In addition if you like tapas and European food, I would recommend Borough Market, for lovers of Indian food Brick Lane in East London is where you should head and one of my all time favorite places are the Turkish restaurants of Dalston.

My biggest advice for anyone coming to London Greenwich is to embrace what this great city has to offer you. London is the home of 8 million people and has tourists that come from all over the world. It is a bustling and energetic city. I would advise anyone to pick up the free papers and go and discover what this city has to offer.

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