As part of our regular focus on some of the great teachers we have here at GV Noosa, as well as the courses and students that they teach, this week we hear from Nathan
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 since March 2008, so that’s almost a year already. Before that, I used to teach English in Poland, which was an unforgettable experience and helped me to understand what it’s like for many of our students when they move to Australia and have to adapt to a completely new culture and environment.
Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?
I’ve tried to, but I can’t say that I do. I did a bit of German, Italian and Polish but it’s hard to learn a language if you don’t have any real motivation for it! Having said that, I wouldn’t rule out trying again and I’d really like to learn Italian or maybe Spanish, as I’m planning on travelling around South America.
Which class are you teaching at the moment?
I’m currently teaching the Pre-Intermediate class, which I like as my group still have lots to learn but already have a good enough level of understanding for us to have plenty of fun while they learn.
Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…
In terms of confidence, I’d have to say Paolo, a Brazilian student who will be leaving us next week to travel around Australia. He has been in my class since elementary level and can now handle a conversation very easily.
What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Noosa?
The beach being so close! I just enjoy the relaxed working environment. I also like the students and how energetic, friendly and happy they are. It’s different when you live in a city.
If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?
Ideally, I’d be a writer. Otherwise, having experience in finance, I would probably work in financial planning; it’s a secure path to earning some decent money.
What do you like most about living on the Sunshine Coast?
Friends and family, as they all live here too. Apart from that, I would say the same thing as everyone else, namely the beach, surf and relaxed lifestyle.
What is your favourite cafe, restaurant, shop or place in Noosa?
I don’t really like cafés anymore but my favourite restaurant is Ricky’s, one of the most expensive places in Noosa!
You can visit Ricky’s at: http://www.rickys.com.au