PS Teachers – Meet our teachers! ③
Name: Corrina Ellis
Teaching expertise: Children
Q; Which TV shows and movies do you recommend for our students?
A: I don’t watch a lot of films but when I lived in Japan the TV series Fawlty Towers went down well with adults, as did Black Books. Many students found the facial expressions of John Cleese and Bill Bailey helpful in understanding their English.
Q: What do you love about teaching English?
A: Of course it’s always great to see students use the new vocabulary and grammar they’ve learnt, but the most rewarding thing is seeing students smile during the lesson – there’s nothing better than that!
Q: What is your connection with Japan and teaching Japanese people?
A: I applied for the JET programme because I didn’t really know what to do with my undergraduate degree and intended to stay in Japan for a year before returning to the UK to do an MA. I ended up falling in love with the country and culture though and stayed 14 years! During that time, I taught in primary and secondary schools, universities, and private English schools before establishing a small English school myself in Hiroshima city. Now back in the UK, I still teach some of those students online.
Q: What do you do when you are not teaching?
A: I’m doing an MA (16 years after I intended to!) in History of Art and Archaeology in East Asia so a lot of my time is spent studying at the moment. I love reading and going to museums: I’m a volunteer for the British Museum. But my biggest passion is going to music gigs
No music, no life! 音楽のない人生なんてありえない！講師コリーナ
Name: Philip Manning
Teaching expertise: exam preparation (Cambridge, IELTS, Aptis), business English (including report writing, interview & meeting preparation), ‘British’ pronunciation etc.
Q: TV shows and movies recommended for students: A: Killing Eve (BBC series) – a great variety of accents and language; Love Actually (film) – a typically British comedy with various British accents and native language features.
Q: What do I love about teaching English: A: meeting new people from all over the world and laughing with students in lessons! I love helping students to build confidence and improve their English through discussion of interesting topics and quirks of the UK.
Connection with Japan and teaching Japanese people: Since I was a boy I’ve wanted to visit Japan and climb Mt Fuji! I’m fascinated by the culture, food and history (and Keirin cycle racing!). I have made some good friends teaching Japanese students and I always look forward to my lessons with Japanese students.
Q: What do I do when not teaching: A: When I’m not teaching English (either online or in an English secondary school!), I love to explore the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside where I live on foot or by bike. I enjoy cooking, reading, travelling when possible, and keeping fit. I’m also learning Spanish, slowly.