Please welcome Meredith McGregor to the Hotspot! After reading her interview, you’ll learn she is a thoughtful and sincere person. You might even say she’s “Down to Earth”. I’d love to have her as a teacher!
How long have you been working at CultureWorks? What is it about teaching English that you like the most?
I started as a substitute teacher at CultureWorks in the Fall of 2010 and then began full-time in January of 2011. The staff and students are the best part about teaching at CultureWorks. What I like best about teaching English for CW is the academic nature of the program.
What are your hobbies? Which of them do you recommend new students to Canada try, and why?
I teach dance aerobics part-time for a gym. This is something I really enjoy doing in my spare time. I also like cooking and reading.
There are a lot of students from a wide variety of cultures at our school, and each culture is rich in music, food, film, art, history, and stories. Which of these cultural features would you be most interested in learning about? Why?
Since working for CultureWorks, I have become really interested in visiting China one day. I think it would be nice to have a better sense of where our Chinese students come from, and be able to relate to them better. Also, it just sounds like a really diverse and interesting country with a rich culture and history.
What is your role at CultureWorks? Which courses do you specialize in? How do you feel these skills will aid our students in university or college? Do you have any advice you’d like to give students in these areas?
I mostly teach Level C/D Writing and Grammar. Being able to write well is an important skill not only for post-secondary studies, but for employment as well. My advice is to develop your vocabulary so that you are able to express yourself clearly and directly. Having strong diction is an asset that influences all aspects of communication.
Lastly, for fun, if you could visit any Canadian province, where would you go? Why?
I would love to see more of Canada because I feel like I have traveled more outside of my own country than domestically. I have never been to Nova Scotia, so maybe I would choose to go there, especially during the summer.