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 Vanessa Shipley, English Teacher at Embassy London, to learn more about her passion for teaching and why the UK is great for international students.
Hi! My name’s Vanessa and I’m a teacher here at Embassy London.
I’ve been teaching here for 4 years and I really love it! It’s got a great atmosphere, great facilities and everybody who works and studies here is very interesting: working with people from all over the world could never be dull! This is why I love teaching so much!
As for me, It’s hard to say exactly where I’m from – my parents are English and I spent a lot of my childhood in Suffolk (near Cambridge) living in a beautiful, little village with a population of just 800 people! However, I was born abroad and travelled a lot as a child because my parents are both born adventurers.
I ended up going to Durham University where I studied Philosophy and Politics, but because I had always had in interest in language and culture, I decided to become an English Language teacher. So here I am now: I’ve been teaching since 1994 and I’ve taught in both Italy and Spain. These days, however, I live in a town in Essex, called Billericay, with my husband, who is Colombian, and my two small children.
Here at Embassy I teach all levels, including IELTS, and I’m particularly interested in helping students to perfect their pronunciation and master some of the sounds that they find tricky! Did you know that there are lots of exercises you can do to help you with this? It involves a certain degree of dedication but it’s amazing what you can achieve if you do the exercises every day.
My advice to all students when they get here would be to download the LBC or Radio 4 app on their phone so that they can listen to the radio whenever they get the chance. They might not understand much at the beginning but after a while, their listening skills, and consequently their speaking and pronunciation skills, would really start to take off! Don’t forget that the more you listen to English, the more you will be able to speak and if you can hear sounds you will be able to say them.
I also always advise students to enjoy the different persona they can have when they speak another language – you have to take on some of the traits of a different nationality to be a really successful communicator!
As far as places to visit in London go, well do try to get “off the beaten track” and why not go to Highgate Cemetery, the underground tombs and tunnels in Norwood, or even the underground ”Mail Rail” at Mount Pleasant near Holborn!
If you are over 18 you could also try some of the hidden or secret bars such as the basement bar hidden under the Breakfast Club in Spitalfields – just ask for “the Mayor” and you‘ll be taken to a secret door, hidden behind a fridge.
One more thing! If you are “feeling peckish”, find one of the many Gastro pubs to eat at in the city where you can find really tasty food, as well as pints! Please remember that there is a lot of delicious food you can find, don’t “write if off” until you’ve tried it!
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