In this post we are happy to introduce you to Prue. Prue has been teaching here for over 1 year. She always gets great feedback from students who love her enthusiasm and humour. Prue is currently teaching the Advanced General English class and the Hospitality and Tourism elective in the afternoons. She has also just finished teaching some Japanese High School study tour groups.
Prue, tell us about yourself. Are you originally from Byron Bay?
I grew up in country Queensland – from a really young age I lived on really big farms all over the state, from Stanthorpe to the Gold Coast Hinterland. Basically my parents moved whenever it didn’t rain! However, growing up, I spent a lot of time hanging out and visiting Byron – it feels like home.
How long have you been working at BBELS?
I have been working at BBELS for just over a year.
What other fields did you work in before you started teaching English at our school? Has it helped you as a teacher?
I’ve been an English teacher since 2003 and have never looked back. I love the satisfaction that you get from teaching and seeing students improve. I also have a Masters in Journalism and still work as a freelance copywriter and journalist, so as you can guess, I love words, languages and grammar!
What do you like most about teaching students of different nationalities?
The diversity and richness the students with their life experience and cultures can bring to the classroom – I have discovered so many interesting things about so many countries, simply through listening to student’s stories – this has saved me a lot of money on flights!
Do you have any tips for the new students who want to improve their English skills?
Get out of the house, be confident in your ability and practice your English on some Australians – the pub is a good start. Try to immerse yourself in the English language – be it movies, the radio or conversation with other foreigners. Other than that, all I can say is that practice makes perfect!
What do you like most about working at BBELS?
My work colleagues, the management team and the DOS – what a hilarious, creative and inspiring bunch of people. I also love the fact I can walk to the beach in 5 minutes after work!! I guess the students are ok. (Just joking, you guys rock!)
Byron Bay has (got) so much to offer. What are some of the things you’d recommend students to do while they are here in the Byron Bay area?
Don’t stay at home watching DVD’s, get out there and explore all the surrounding nature and beaches Byron Bay has to offer.