GV Noosa Teacher Feature

As part of our regular focus on some of the great teachers we have here at GV Noosa, this week we speak to the only one who owns a pet pig named Hamlet, Cambridge Advanced / Proficiency teacher Wendy.

Wendy and her CAE class (Lara is standing to the right of Wendy in the white top)

Wendy and her CAE class (Lara is standing to the right of Wendy in the white top)

How long have you been teaching at GV Noosa and what did you do before you worked here?

I’ve been teaching at GV Noosa for over three years now. Before that, I used to run my own antique business.

Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?

Yes I do, French, very badly! I struggled a lot with conjugating verbs and learning verb forms. It’s always been a challenge learning this language in Australia and not in France, which proves to me the value of studying overseas.

Which class are you teaching at the moment?

CAE as usual! In March, I will start teaching our very first CPE class, which I am really looking forward to. I’m now keener on teaching high levels. I really enjoy those courses because we have a goal to achieve all together. It’s like being on a journey with my students.

Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…

I can’t answer this question as they are all different. However, I have to say that Lara, from Switzerland, who was in upper intermediate last year, was so keen on joining the CAE class this term that she stayed at school studying during the school holidays. She was so motivated that she is now a member of my new CAE class.

What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Noosa?

My colleagues! That’s very important and we’re a great team. Apart from that, I really enjoy meeting overseas students because I learn more about their country and culture than travelling overseas. When you do, you visit the country and visit the sights but you hardly ever meet locals and really understand their way of life.

If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?

I would definitely be writing! I’d be at home, writing a book and playing with Hamlet, my pig! I would probably write about growing up and living in the 70’s, the most exciting times…

What do you like most about living on the Sunshine Coast?

I just like the relaxed lifestyle. I’ve only been here for four years but I know I can’t cope with the city life anymore.

What is your favourite cafe, restaurant, shop or place in Noosa?

It’s actually in Eumundi, which is about a 15 minute drive from Noosa. The best restaurant in the universe is the “Modern Primitive”. The chef is a genius and is so creative. The dishes are full of flavours and amazing ingredients. The food is just great!

Read more about Wendy’s favourite restaurant here: http://www.modernprimitive.info

Father and Son Study Together

We welcomed Professor Arnaldo Alves Cardosa this week when he joined his son Renan to study English at GV Noosa.

Renan Cardosa and his Father Arnaldo

Renan Cardosa and his Father Arnaldo

Renan was all smiles when his father arrived to join him at GV Noosa. Arnaldo is taking time off from his job at the University Estadual Paulista and says he is enjoying the experience of being a student again.

Goodbye….and thanks

GV on the Sunshine Coast farewells one the family this week, with Andy leaving his position at GV Caloundra to travel around the world with his family.

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Andy has been with GV since 2005. In that time, he has worked as an teacher and A-DOS in Noosa, in group tours and finally as the manager of our new Caloundra Campus.  With Andy, we’ve also been lucky enough to have Lynda Tuttle working with us in both teaching and administration roles.

Andy and Lynda are planning on catching up with former students and teachers in various countries around the world over the next year or so.

Both members of the Tuttle family have been integral to the growth of GV on the Sunshine Coast over the last 4 years, and they will be very sincerely missed.

I hope we can see you back soon, Andy!

Goodbye to Anna

Anna Karaseva said goodbye to her friends today as she is returning to Russia.

anna1Anna Karaseva enjoyed her classes so much during her first course that she returned for a second course. Starting as an elementary student, she leaves with an Intermediate Certificate  and a bunch of friends from all around the world.  Good luck Anna, we will miss you.

Student Party Week!

For those of you who have viewed the student noticeboard recently, you would have noticed that it is well and truly a party week for Global Village Noosa Students!

Parties include;

Tanks Party –  Thursday 22nd Jan at 6pm. All welcome to the Noosa Lions Park.

Koala Bar – Student night. Thursday 22nd Jan from 8:00pm.

The “Boat Party”  departs Noosa River at 2:30pm on Saturday 24th of Jan. This is a 3 hour, none stop party cruise along Noosa River. Tickets are $15. Please see Fabio or Franck (room 13) to sign up for this event.

For a list of all other activities, please check the student notice board.

Learn French at GV Noosa

Although GV Noosa is best known for teaching English, we also offer a French language course on Monday and Tuesday evenings for anyone who might be interested.

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Whether you are planning that overseas trip of a lifetime to Paris or the Cote d’Azur, you want to understand the menu at your favourite bistro or the plot of the latest French art-house film, our French language class at Global Village Francais offers students on the Sunshine Coast the chance to learn in a structured yet fun learning environment in the heart of Noosa Junction.

Details can be found by clicking on the link to the advertisement below or from our Registrar, Lindsay Ford, on 5447 4448 or by e-mail at lford@gvenglish.com

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What Are You Doing Now?

We love hearing from our students.

Crystel in Queensland 2004
Crystel in Queensland 2004

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How’s it going?

As you can see me and the other students from 2004’s two FCE classes are still in touch. I miss the good times we had at school and I hope I can come back soon for a visit.

Since I’ve been in Noosa I continued my travels all over the world. I’ve been to Hawaii, Sweden, England, Spain, Italy and Germany. But my favourite country is still Australia. 😉

Now I work in a big pharmacy in the city where I grew up and since october I live in my first own appartement, only a couple of minutes away from work and the city center.    I have a wonderful boyfriend and I love him very much.

Take care, Lovely greets

Crystel