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Meet Our Staff Part 2! (18.07.16)

July 18th 2016


Always wanted to know more about your teachers? Well, here is the second part of our ‘Meet the Teachers at PLC’ blog…

Here is Michele.

Michele, tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m Michele with an ‘L’, aka ‘blonde Michele’! The students call me that because there are 2 teachers with the same name, but spelt differently!  I was born and grew up in Southampton, but shhh, don’t mention that in Portsmouth!

How did you get into teaching and what do you like about it?

I’ve always liked the idea of teaching and I love finding out about different cultures and languages. As a child I used to teach my teddy bears! I’ve been teaching on and off since I was 18 and I’ve taught in France and Slovakia as well as in the UK.

I love the fact that no day is different when you’re an EFL teacher. Seeing all the different nationalities coming together and helping each other is lovely, too. What I like teaching depends on the level, but generally I like teaching tenses and collocations because its’s great when they are used properly and we usually have lots of fun practising them.

What do you like doing in your free time?

I like doing lots of different things in my free time. I recently watched my partner run the London marathon and my son Joshua running a relay at his sports day.

I love going to concerts with my friends- we have a great time singing along and dancing to our favourite songs.

I’m also in the middle of preparing a party for my mum, so I’m very busy!

And next, Gareth.

Gareth, tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! My name is Gareth Nutbeen. I’m originally from Hampshire and I grew up in a little town called Romsey. To be honest, though, I’ve lived all over England!

At the moment I live in a modern building near Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays. It is a great location- near the city centre and near all the restaurants, pubs and bars on the seafront.

How did you get into teaching and what do you like about it?

I’ve been a teacher for 8 years now and I became interested in teaching while I was travelling around South-East Asia. It was a great way to earn some money, travel and help people learn not only the English language, but also culture.

I love meeting people from around the world, sharing knowledge and making a difference. It is so interesting to learn about other cultures while teaching others about mine.

I really enjoy teaching pronunciation, future tenses and exam classes. Exam classes are always great as the students are so motivated and I get such a feeling of satisfaction when they get the exam result that they wanted. Sometimes this can mean them getting into University here in the UK or even being accepted for a job! So, for me, that is a wonderful feeling.

Do you have any interesting stories about teaching?

I used to teach Korean and Thai popstars. The girls in the school used to scream when they saw them! It made me feel a bit like a celebrity, too!

Anything else?

I love cats and I sing in a band. We rehearse every Sunday and perform at various locations in The South.


By Lauren Suraci, ADOS at PLC