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Say hello to the language teachers at our Victoria school

Say hello to the language teachers at our Victoria school

I love my job as Director of Studies here at Global Village Victoria, and one of the reasons I look forward to walking through the front doors every day (besides the students, of course) – is the group of teachers who work here.

I’m proud to say they truly work together as a team to ensure we’re one of the best ESL (English as a Second Language) schools in Victoria.

Every day, I see examples of the instructors going above and beyond what is required of them to help our students reach their language goals. They want to make sure  your English course in Canada will be one of your fondest memories.

It’s my pleasure to introduce some of them to you now….

 

*Scott F.*

From:

Born in Jamaica, grew up in Canada.

Hobbies:

Hiking, movies, photography.

 

Teaching background:

Has taught in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Has been at GV for over 6 years.

Normally teaches the higher levels, EAP classes and Cambridge preparation.

 

What do you like most about teaching?

“The contact with students from different countries and backgrounds, who need and want to use English in different areas of their lives.”

 

What’s your approach to teaching?

“I like students to feel comfortable and have fun so they can ask questions freely and explore the language in a comfortable classroom atmosphere.”

 

What our students say:

“He’s a good teacher and makes you want to pay attention and learn.”

 

*Shelley H.*

From:

Vernon BC, Canada.

Teaching background:

Has taught in Vancouver and Victoria.  Has been at GV for over 4 years. Normally teaches the intermediate levels GV 3 and 4.

 

Hobbies:

Jigsaw puzzles, reading, watching Netflix, travelling. When her children were 6 and 9 years old, her family sold everything and travelled througout Ireland and England for 5 months.

 

What do you like the most about teaching?

“The connections with students and learning about their cultures, spending time getting to know them as people. They all have such interesting stories.”

 

What’s your approach to teaching?

“I try to approach every classroom as a unique dynamic family group, and I see my job as creating a safe place for students to explore and practice their language skills.”

 

What our students say:

“She’s very kind and helpful. She always tries to improve students’ English skills.”

 

*Sirpa K.*

From:

From a small town in Finland. Moved to the US in 1977 and has been in Canada since 1988.

 

Hobbies:

Playing the guitar, reading, observing nature.

 

Teaching background:

Has been at GV for 12 years.

Normally teaches the high intermediate/advanced levels GV 5 and 6.

 

What do you like most about teaching?

“Meeting a variety of people of different ages and from different cultures. I enjoy seeing them connecting with each other and learning from each other. I really love languages and especially teaching grammar.”

 

What’s your approach to teaching?

“When teaching grammar, I like to give the big picture first and then break it down into smaller parts. I then give the students an opportunity to practice it in as close to real situations as we can. I like to do something memorable to help them retain the information – either making it funny or doing something physical, such as miming.”

 

What our students say:

“She is always in a good mood and it is easy to talk with her.”

 

*Duncan L.*

From:

Merritt BC, Canada. Has lived in Victoria for 16 years.

 

 

Hobbies:

Jujitsu – he also teaches it to kids aged 4 – 13.

Has travelled throughout Europe, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

 

Teaching background:

Has been at GV for almost 2 years.

Normally teaches the Power Speaking class.

 

What do you like most about teaching?

“Meeting and interacting with people from around the world.  I love seeing the improvement students make over time. The transformation from when students first come into the Power Speaking class to when they leave 12 weeks later is amazing.”

 

What’s your approach to teaching?

“My approach is definitely communicative. I like to introduce the topic, see what the students already know about it, and then give my instruction based on that. After the initial instruction phase, I step out of the way and let the students do most of the talking, giving feedback when necessary.”

 

What our students say:

“He’s so kind and interesting, and shares a lot of  knowledge with us.”

 

*Andrew B.*

From:

Victoria BC

 

Hobbies:

Reading, watching movies, making movies, baseball.

 

Teaching background:

Taught in Japan for 6.5 years.

Has been at GV for almost 4 years.

Normally teaches IELTS, the advanced levels GV 6 and 7, and EAP classes.

 

What do you like most about teaching?

“Seeing the students satisfied when they finally figure that thing out. I like to see when the lightbulb goes off – when they provide tangible proof in writing or speaking of a grammar point or idiom used perfectly. Those are good moments.”

 

What’s your approach to teaching?

“I think the best way to teach is by being prepared and organized for any class. In the classroom, rather than explaining stuff to the students, I try to do it by example and get the students involved. For example, if I’m teaching vocabulary, I create an example or two and then get the students to create more examples. I teach not through talking at them, but by working with them.”

 

What our students say:

“I think Andrew is a great person who has a lot of experience teaching. He has a lot of knowledge on IELTS and his charisma is great.”

 

*Kris S.*

From:

Born in Hungary.

Has been in Victoria about 24 years.

 

Hobbies:

Kayaking, outdoor activities, listening to music from classical to contemporary.

 

Teaching background:

Has been at GV for 12 years.

Normally teaches ALL the levels from GV 1 – 8 at Global Village (a truly flexible teacher!)

 

What do you like the most about teaching?

“Learning about cultures and meeting people. And when I feel that my students are improving.”

 

What’s your approach to teaching?

“I like to think that I pay attention to the individuals in my class and I try to achieve a relaxed classroom. I like my students happy and relaxed. I don’t like to pressure my students.”

 

What our students say:

“He explains things carefully and until everyone can understand it.”

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting some of the teachers at our Victoria school here on Vancouver Island.    

I promise you that the rest of our team is just as dedicated to providing you with a safe, fun, yet professional environment to learn the English language.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Find out more about Global Village Victoria here:

https://gvenglish.com/schools/canada/victoria.html