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Embassy English 18 August 2016 - by Melissa Threadgill, Academic Assistant, Embassy English London

Embassy Teachers: Meet Melissa 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 Melissa Threadgill, one of our Academic Assistants at Embassy London, to learn more about her passion for teaching and why the UK is great for international students. 

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My name is Melissa and I’m from South Carolina in the USA. I studied English Literature and History at university in both the USA and in Edinburgh and initially taught writing and composition. I decided to become a language teacher in 2008 because I wanted to help students from all over the world achieve their goals, from getting a good IELTS score to being able to chat to people on holiday. This is still one of the best decisions I have ever made!

I taught in Madrid for 3 years but London was calling and I relocated in 2011. I’ve always been captivated by the UK, so living here is a dream-come-true for me. I truly feel it’s one of the best places in the world for a student to be, especially an English language student!

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I began teaching at Embassy Central London in April 2015. As a teacher I feel that communication is paramount, so I focus on that a lot in my lessons. I think it’s important for students to always try to express their ideas, even if they don’t feel completely confident. It always makes me feel great to help a student find their voice in English.

At the moment I am helping out in the Academic Office as the Academic Assistant, and it is great to see a different side of the school and the student experience. Being a teacher, I feel that I have an alternative insight into the problems and issues that our students face, and can use my experiences as a teacher to help them. Working in the Academic Office gives me the opportunity to get to know all the students in the school, as opposed to just my own classes.

In a way I feel like all of the students are “my” students. Embassy London is an amazing place to work, and I love my colleagues—they are all fantastic!

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Also, as a foreigner from a small town, I understand how daunting London can be at first! However even though I am not a native Londoner, I adore this city and feel like it is my home now.

One blog post is not enough to list everything there is to do in this unique and wonderful place, but here are a few of my top picks:

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  1. Hampstead Heath and Highgate Cemetery: In the past, Hampstead and Highgate were villages outside of London, and the area still has the feeling of being another world. The Heath is one of my favourite spots for a long afternoon walk, and you also can visit the Keats House nearby. Highgate Village is lovely, and the cemetery, with its many famous residents, is one of London’s true gems—like stepping into the Victorian past.
  1. St Bartholomew’s Church: Perfect for anyone interested in history or architecture. The church, founded in 1123, is hidden away in West Smithfield, not far from St. Paul’s Cathedral. The church has been used as a location for countless films and series, such as Shakespeare in Love.
  1. Columbia Road Flower MarketThe flower market, located in East London near Shoreditch, is open from 8 am until around 3pm on Sundays. It is lovely to have a walk through the market and then a nice roast dinner at one of the nearby pubs.

I hope you have enjoyed my blog, and I look forward to seeing you at Embassy London in the future!

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To learn more about studying English at  exciting Embassy London, contact us today! 


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One response to “Embassy Teachers: Meet Melissa from Embassy London”

  1. Chris Walker says:

    awesome facilities and i wish i could learn English from this institute.
    thanks for sharing it.

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