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 Deborah Vanderwolf, English Teacher at Embassy Melbourne, to learn more about her passion for teaching and why Australia is great for international students as part of our Embassy Teachers series.
I have been teaching for 16 and a half years. For 14 of those years I have taught English as a Second Language and over the last 9 years I have been teaching at Embassy Melbourne both as a casual and a full time contract teacher in the Taylors English Language Preparation, English for Academic Purposes and the General English programs.
During my time here I have grown a lot as a teacher and it is all thanks to the people that I have met along the way.
I have taught students from many different cultures and back grounds and in a variety of different levels. It has been a pleasure to help them to improve their English. Also the people I have worked with over the years. I have worked with so many great teachers with different levels of experience who have come and gone from Embassy.
I have learnt so much from both my students and the teachers and they have made me the teacher I am today.
This is my favourite part of working for Embassy English Melbourne.
There are so many situations where this has happened. When you are a teacher and you have a class of students with different abilities and depending on the level, it is important to cater to the classes needs, whether it be in their English skills of reading, writing, listening or speaking or whether it is pinpointing things like grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation or spelling. It really doesn’t matter what you focus on, your students are going to be at an advantage.
I think what is really great is when you have a class for 12 or 13 weeks and you really see an improvement in their English. I have experienced this in different levels but one of the most memorable is when I have taught Elementary, it is so rewarding to see the students around week 9 or 10 have progressed so much.
It is something I really love about my job.
At Embassy Melbourne the students have a great environment to make progress in their English, be involved in different activities and to build new relationships with people from other countries.
All the teachers care about their students improving their English. The teachers try to have engaging lessons that are interactive and linked to different topics for students to develop further knowledge and understanding of English.
At Embassy Melbourne there are a variety of English programs to cater to student needs, whether it is for Every Day English, Examination Preparation or Academic English. The students also get the chance to try out their English taught in our General English classes in our BETL (Bring English to Life) program, which is a program designed for students to use their English in more realistic situations and settings inside and outside the classroom with native and non-native speakers.
Students can also interact with other students from other levels in our Study Clubs, Conversation Club, Football club and weekly activities for students to go and explore Melbourne with each other.
There really are so many great opportunities at Embassy English Melbourne for students to use and improve their English.
Working at Embassy Melbourne has taught me to be more tolerant and accepting of different cultures and it is important to facilitate to your students’ needs because as a teacher you have more roles to play rather than just teaching in a classroom.
It really is important to be available for students, to listen to their problems and try to accommodate where you can with their English and other issues.
Teaching is not just about standing in front of a class and teaching from the book, there really is a lot of work behind the scenes to make the lessons and classes successful.
I have also learnt that it is important to evaluate yourself and your lessons. It is also important to listen to positive and negative feedback and you should also try new ideas where possible.
As a teacher I am always learning with my teaching.
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