Where are you from?
I’m originally from Elgin which is a small town near the cost in the North of Scotland.
It’s a pretty typical story of boy meets Czech girl, falls in love and moves to possibly the prettiest city in the world. The people are charming, the beer is cheap and the jobs market for English as a foreign language is always bustling.
How long had you been teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) before becoming a TEFL trainer?
10 years and counting.
What made you want to become a TEFL trainer?
Previously, I was a mentor for newly recruited teachers and derived a great amount of personal satisfaction from helping them get settled in, offering advice and watching them progress in their career. So I guess I wanted to help more people on their journey in teaching.
What do you enjoy most about teaching TEFL students?
I enjoy watching students fulfil their ambition to be the best teacher that they can be. I also like watching people progress and grow in confidence and ability.
What do you like most about teaching at TEFL Worldwide Prague?
I think that it’s a very comprehensive and practical course that really pushes the students whilst giving them a lot of support. It provides teaching practise and develops their own self analytical skills to a large extent. I am proud of the fact that we produce high quality teachers in a relatively short time.
Do you still teach EFL?
Every day! It’s not something I could give up as I love it and use the enthusiasm I have for teaching English, combined with my experience, to help the TEFL students realise that this is a great job.