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Ruth Avison Dang Founder & Director of PEP, teacher, teacher trainer, course book reviewer and examiner

 



 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?
I grew up on the south coast of England, a beautiful place. I enjoyed walks along the beach and in the New Forest where horses, cows and pigs would roam freely in the summer. The animals were so tame that we could stroke and feed them 

 

What inspired you to become a teacher? I am passionate about teaching and learning languages. I always feel sad when people come to me and say that they are terrible at learning languages and that they will never learn. I strongly believe that everyone can learn if they really want to. Our job, as teachers, is to find the right way of teaching for every learner, enabling them to achieve their goals. We can’t put students in one box that fits all, we as professionals, need to think outside of the box to understand how our learners work and adapt accordingly. This still inspires me

 

What do you find rewarding about teaching?  Observing the progress and pride learners feel


What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?  We learn from our mistakes so don’t be afraid of making them. The more of a risk-taker you are, the quicker your progress will be.You do not need to suffer to learn, the more enjoyable our learning is, the more productive the results are


What is your favorite book and why? Well, there are a few... The language instinct by Steven PinkerThe Man who mistook his wife for a hat by Oliver Sacks Eats, shoots and leaves by Lynne TrussWhen I was younger I loved The Hobbit and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


What are your hobbies?  Walking, biking, pilates, cooking, reading as well as travelling & discovering new horizons


Which website do you go to every day? swissenglish & bbcnews


What one thing would your students never guess about you?  I have played the flute since I was 10 years old and my daughter is my biggest fan!I speak German, a language I simply adore 


What would you never forget to take with you on holiday? A good book and The Economist

 

 

Name and specialty: Nathalie, Administration

 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up in Ferney-Voltaire a French village near Geneva. It’s a quiet place with a nice castle where the famous writer Voltaire lived.

 

What is your favorite book and why?

I don’t have a favorite book. I read different kind of books with a preference for detective novels because I like intrigues.

 

What are your hobbies?

Swimming, biking, cooking good meals for my family or my friends and decorating the inner of my house.

 

Which website do you go to every day?

Google and Wikipedia

 

What would you never forget to take with you on holiday?

A good guide book !







 

Name and specialty: Rick, Teacher

I have experience with very different types of students. The largest group, however, have been those who are preparing for high school graduation exams or Cambridge First Certificate.

 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up in Sydney. I liked the weather, the beaches and parks but I especially liked walking or cycling around and discovering what made each neighbourhood different. Sydney and its neighbouring cities sprawl over an enormous area, so it’s impossible to be familiar with it all.

 

What inspired you to become a teacher and what do you find rewarding about teaching?

I did not know how much I would like teaching until I did it. What I value most is the immediate
knowledge of how you can help someone. To see clearly how someone can improve at something which is or will be very important in their lives. To see how they can leave the class able to do something they weren’t capable of just an hour earlier.

 

What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?

To give everything a go and value the importance of making mistakes. Mistakes are normal, so students shouldn’t be worried about making them. By giving everything a go they will see
better what their present limits are, and seeing where their limits are will help them go beyond them.

 

What is your favorite book and why?

I don’t have a favourite book. I like most types of literature and I read both fiction and non-fiction.
I enjoy reading everything from novels, plays and poems to newspapers, encyclopedias, even dictionaries.

 

What are your hobbies?

I spend a lot of my free time reading, especially to improve my language skills. I’m currently trying to
improve my French but I’m also trying to learn Italian and German. I like towatch films, to walk around Geneva, and to play table tennis. I occasionally go jogging.

 

Which website do you go to every day?

Apart from checking my email, I usually check The New York Times website. I read or at least skim
through two or three news sites.

 

What one thing surprises your students about you?

After I tell them I’m from Sydney they usually expect me to know how to surf, which I don’t (I’m not even a good swimmer), but they don’t imagine I’ve played rugby, which I have. I enjoyed playing rugby league as a teenager and I survived with my bones intact.

 

What would you never forget to take with you on holiday?

Some clothes and a passport. Spare clothes wouldn’t be bad either. A bit of the local currency. Curiosity and an open, positive attitude.

 

 

 

 

 

Name and specialty: Melanie, Teacher and Jewellery Designer



Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up in the South East of England. Being a city person, I loved being so close to London which is such a vibrant city. There is so much to do there.



What inspired you to become a teacher?

I have a love for learning languages and enjoy sharing that passion with others.



What do you find rewarding about teaching?

It gives me a real sense of achievement when I can see my students make real progress when learning English.



What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?

It’s better to make a mistake and learn from it, than fear failure and so never learn.



What is your favourite book and why?

‘Notes from a small island’ by Bill Bryson. I love his style of writing. He makes me laugh and is so observant. His perceptions of the UK in the book were spot on, remarking on things that I hadn’t sat back and thought about before.



What are your hobbies?

Photography, tennis and travelling



Which website do you go to every day?

Google



What one thing would your students never guess about you?

I can dance the tango and used to play badminton competitively.



What would you never forget to take with you on holiday?

My passport



Name and speciality: Richard, Teaching general and business English to adults and young learners

 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up in Birmingham, UK and the thing I most liked about it was leaving!

 

What inspired you to become a teacher?

A passion for languages and a desire to help others achieve their language goals

 

What do you find rewarding about teaching?

Seeing students progress and enjoy the learning process

 

What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?

Listen and repeat! Don’t think too much....)

 

What is your favourite book and why?

Anything by P.G Wodehouse because of his rich language and incredible humour

 

What are your hobbies?

Skiing, mountain biking, reading, gardening and writing

 

Which website do you go to every day?

The Guardian

 

What one thing would your students never guess about you?

That I used to have a haircut similar to Elvis in the 1950’s – called ‘a quiff’ !

 

What would you never forget to take with you on holiday?

My sense of fun and adventure

 

Name and specialty? Heather – Teacher

 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up in Purley in Surrey in the Greater London area and enjoyed having lots of things to see and do as a teenager, being near all the sights of central London. I never really liked all the traffic and noise, though, so I moved to Norfolk when I was 18 and then to Buxton, Derbyshire in the beautiful Peak District. I love living in the countryside and enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful Haute Savoie now.

 

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I have always enjoyed learning languages but I understand how scary it can be when you are new to a language. I love helping people of all ages to overcome barriers and lack of confidence, so that they can enjoy the process and become more at ease in English.

 

What do you find rewarding about teaching?

Seeing people learn new skills and increase their confidence in a new language is very rewarding for me. I love the interaction and the fun of sharing new discoveries in language and life.

 

What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?

Don’t worry about making a mistake or that others will know more than you do. It is your chance to learn at your own pace and we can all learn from mistakes, so make the most of the learning opportunity, listen carefully and enjoy the journey.

 

What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book so far is “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.Tolkein, an epic trilogy – the books are much better than the films! Beautifully written, with in depth character studies and even includes a whole new elvish language!

 

What are your hobbies?

Travel, sightseeing, walking, singing, reading, eating lovely food in good company and table-tennis.

 

Which website do you go to every day?

Google – always something to research!

 

What one thing would your students never guess about you?

I set up and managed a charity in the UK to support pregnant mothers and families in need.

 

What would you never forget to take with you on holiday?

My mobile phone.

 

Name and speciality? 

Katie, English teacher


Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?
I grew up in a village in Yorkshire. I most loved how quiet and beautiful it was. It was very safe and picturesque.

What inspired you to become a teacher?
Working as a language assistant in a Spanish bilingual primary school in Andalusia. I loved working with children and felt inspired by their creativity and energy.

What do you find rewarding about teaching?
I love seeing and hearing my students progress whether that be using a new word or mastering a tense. I always feel proud of the student.

 

What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?
Don’t be afraid. It’s ok to make mistakes. Nobody is perfect!

 

What is your favorite book and why?
My favourite book is the Shadow of the Wind. It’s an amazing book that I can read again and again. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves history and books.

 

What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are cooking (or trying to) and hiking.

 

Which website do you go to every day?
I always go to the BBC news website so I can catch up with the news back in the UK and abroad.

 

What one thing would your students never guess about you?
I absolutely love anchovies

 

What would you never forget to take with you on holiday?
My camera

Name and specialty? Andy, Teacher

 

I was a teacher in UK schools for many years and I specialise in teaching primary school aged Anglophones.

 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up in Surrey, England. It was a great place to walk across the beautiful chalk hills of the North Downs; this was where I started my life-long love for nature.

 

What inspired you to become a teacher?

After having young children of my own, I discovered just how rewarding it was to be involved in the education of somebody else and it was this that prompted me to take up a career in teaching.

 

What do you find rewarding about teaching?

I find it most rewarding to see young people really enjoying learning new things and stretching themselves. I think that learning should always be made to be practical and fun.

 

What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?

The more that you “throw yourself in” and be prepared to “have a go” the quicker you will learn.

 

What is your favourite book and why?

It’s very difficult to choose a favourite, quite often it is the last book that I read!

 

What are your hobbies?

I love walking in the countryside, birdwatching and gardening. When it’s raining, I like to draw and paint.

 

Which website do you go to every day?

I keep up with news from around the world daily on the BBC website.

 

What one thing would your students never guess about you?

I once set up and ran an Escargot farm.

 

What would you never forget to take with you on holiday?

I would never go on holiday without a pair of binoculars and a pile of novels to read.

 

Name and specialty 

Angie, English teacher 

 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up in White Plains, New York. I liked it because it was a quick train ride to New York City where all the action was and I could still go home to peace and quiet. 

 

What inspired you to become a teacher?

Realizing the impact teachers had in my life

 

What do you find rewarding about teaching?

Interacting with students and helping them meet their goals 

 

What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?

Breath and relax.  This way you open yourself up to receiving new information.  There is always something you can take away from the lesson. 

 

What is your favorite book and why?

Too many to name! My current favorite book is called 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I love it because I could really relate to the protagonist. 

 

What are your hobbies?

Traveling. I've been to 50 countries and counting. 

 

Which website do you go to every day?

Facebook. It's how I stay in touch with friends and family from around the world. 

 

What one thing would your students never guess about you?

I learned how to ride a bike at age 23.

 

Name and specialty

Sarah, Art and English Teacher

 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up in different parts of the UK, and spent some time in Ghana, Nigeria and Geneva. I liked meeting new people and discovering new places.

 

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I wanted to work in a job that allowed me to be creative and the greatest teachers I had we’re those that used creativity in their lessons to help the class learn. The time spent in those lessons inspired me to want to teach others using my own creativity to bring subjects to life.

 

What do you find rewarding about teaching?

To see my students enjoying learning and growing in confidence.

 

What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?

To be enthusiastic and not to worry.

 

What is your favourite book and why?

Philip Pullman’s “ Dark Materials Trilogy”, I love the complexity of the story telling and how it can be enjoyed by people of all ages. I also like that every time I re read the series I learn something new about the characters and the meaning behind the story.

 

What are your hobbies?

Swimming and Yoga

 

Which website do you go to every day?

Interior design blogs

 

What one thing would your students never guess about you?

I worked for a famous English artist called Damien Hirst.

 

What would you never forget to take with you on holiday?

My sketchbook and a pencil

 

 

Name and specialty: Sally, Teacher               

 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, USA doing water sports such as water skiing and sailing.

 

What inspired you to become a teacher?

My father. He was a coach helping people to prepare presentation and he taught me a lot.

 



What do you find rewarding about teaching?

Knowing I’m helping people for their future exams or jobs.

 

What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?

Listen carefully. Listening is a sport that takes practice. Dare to speak and express yourself.

 

What is your favourite book and why?              
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. It’s a powerful novel full of contrasts. There’s a young naïve woman character with no first name and little self-assurance, asophisticated nasty woman character who is dead, but dominates the story, hervicious maid, and a handsome gentleman who seems perfect, Set within the swaying gardens of a proud old country house on the English coast, the atmosphere is sinister and foggy. It’s a wonderful mixture of old-fashioned gothic and timeless romance.

 

What are your hobbies?

Reading, opera, swimming

 

Which website do you go to every day?   

I occasionally go to new sites.         

 

What one thing would your students never guess about you?  

I taught swimming for a summer job when I was 16.                        

 

What would you never forget to take with you on holiday?

My cell phone                                                      

Name and speciality: Clarissa, Teacher, Journalist and creator of the serie 'Now you know about'

 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up in countries all over the world because my father was a diplomat. So I lived in hot Brazil and cold Moscow and many other countries as well. It was interesting and fun to move countries every few years.

 

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I like the English languagevery much and I also like meeting people!

 

What do you find rewarding about teaching?

Watching my students improve their language skills and seeing their confidence growing.

 

What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson?

To be patient, to be energetic and to be enthusiastic.

 

What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book is by Kingsley Amis and it is called Lucky Jim. I like it so much because it still
makes me laugh every time I read it.

 

What are your hobbies? 

I like swimming in the Lac Leman with my two dogs. I like hiking and I like skiing.

 

Which website do you go to every day?

 I go to Wikipedia almost every day because I want to look something up.

 

What one thing would your students never guess about you?

That I ran a marathon!

 

What would you never forget to take with you on holiday? 

A nail file.

Name and specialty: Christina, English teacher and art specialist

 

Where did you grow up and what did you like about it? Miami, FL - The sun, the beach.....need I say more?

 

What inspired you to become a teacher? It comes naturallyWhat do you find rewarding about teaching? The little surprises along the way 

 

What advice would you give to a new student before their first lesson? Relax ;0)

 

What is your favorite book and why? That depends, right now I love “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway” it inspires me!

 

What are your hobbies? Yoga and all things art

 

Which website do you go to every day? Sadly Hotmail. I can barely keep up!

 

What one thing would your students never guess about you? That I play the flute

 



Name and specialty: Michelle, Teacher



Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?

I grew up in rural Ireland and I liked the space in our house and gardens





What inspired you to become a teacher?

The teachers that taught me.



What do you find rewarding about teaching?

I find it rewarding to experience progress



Donʼt worry about saying the «wrong» thing or making mistakes. When we are learning new languages, it’s important to just talk even if the grammar is not correct.



What is your favourite book and why?

Very hard to choose; I guess I really loved «The Kite Runner» as it was full of emotion and very well-written.



What are your hobbies?

Sking, Cycling



Which website do you go to every day?

I just check my emails everyday.



What one thing would your students never guess about you?

I donʼt know



What would you never forget to take with you on holiday?

A book or a magazine

 

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