Mads Tailor teaches English for our Internship Programme. With a background in accountancy and finance, she decided to combine her career with teaching and qualified as a Celta teacher in 2006. She is popular with our students for her openness, kindness and interactive approach to teaching. We asked Mads how a week of tailored English classes prepares students for work experience, boosting their confidence. Singing, apparently, is one way to overcome first day nerves.
How do you think students benefit from your classes?
I feel it allows students to be made aware of the English office/work ethic and environment. It also prepares them from overcoming any shyness or nervousness when communicating with English speaking colleagues.
The aim of the class is to improve students speaking, pronunciation and general familiarisation within the English world of work and work culture.
What is the most common concern among your students?
The pronunciation of certain vocabulary, sentence structure and making general conversation such as small talk. This can be particularly challenging for some students.
How do you go about boosting their confidence?
I tend to use a fun and interactive approach to teaching in order to build up a rapport early on with the students. Also having general conversation to encourage them to speak either in a group or individually about a topic that interests them. Hence small talk is a good way of getting them to improve their confidence in speaking English.
What is your best advice to them in terms of adapting to an English workplace culture?
To have a very diplomatic, polite approach when speaking, using a warm tone. Probably it’s best to speak when spoken to unless they have a question. The British workforce tend to be conservative and reserved. However this would also depend on the work environment. Generally having good manners and being courteous at all times is essential in any workplace.
What is the most popular element of the class?
When students participate in competitive exercises, playing against each other in teams. Also drilling vocabulary and sentences to improve their pronunciation. I also found group singing very enjoyable amongst some students!
What is your top tip for students to see and do around London?
To visit Camden Market, Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Southbank, the V&A, Science and British museums, Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the Royal palaces including Kensington Gardens, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
What is usually the most significant difference between their first and last lesson?
By the last lesson we've normally broken the ice with students who then become more confident in comparison to the first lesson.
The English lessons are part of our Internship Programme if the group stays for three weeks or more. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.