This morning I spoke to our brilliant teacher Ginny about teaching at GV and Byron Bay.
How long have you been teaching at GV Byron Bay and what did you do before you worked here?
I’ve been working here at GV Byron Bay for the last ten weeks. Before that I worked at the Southern Cross University teaching IELTS for the last 9 years.
Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?
I speak a little French (badly!). I really enjoy learning another language and find it really useful when helping my students come to terms with English as I can put myself in their position. I find French grammar really hard, and I seem to always confuse the masculine and feminine forms… which leads to some funny moments!
Which class are you teaching at the moment?
I’m teaching the Cambridge First Certificate Course. I really enjoy it and my class is such a pleasure to teach. It’s a great environment here, and with the small classes I have had the chance to really help develop the students’ language which has been a real bonus.
Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…
That’s a hard one. They are all such lovely people and are all trying so hard. If I was to pick one, I guess I’d have to say Carla. Carla has improved significantly over the past few weeks. She has worked really hard to improve her vocabulary and reading skills and it has been exciting to be on journey with her as she really comes to terms with the language.
What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Byron Bay?
That’s easy. My fantastic class and the great teachers I work with.
If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?
Hmmm.. well.. I have always wanted to be a singer!
What do you like most about living in Byron Bay?
Byron Bay is famous for its beautiful natural environment and I love it here for that. One of my favourite things in the world is walking on the beach in the mornings and evenings. It’s so beautiful.
What is your favourite café, restaurant, shop or place in Byron ?
My favourite café/ restaurant has to easily be the Red Hot and Green. The food is simply divine. My favourite place is Brays Beach which is gorgeous.