Get to know our Neighbourhood Trust ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher, Christine!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING FOR THE NHT TEACHING ESOL?

I have been working for the NHT teaching ESOL since 2010. Initially the funding was specifically for 16 to 24-year olds and involved teaching literacy and numeracy to mothers with babies who were unable to access other educational institutions.

WHAT IS YOUR TEACHING /OTHER CAREER BACKGROUND?

I am a trained and qualified secondary school teacher and have taught in a variety of schools in Auckland and Canterbury since 1978. When my children were young, I decided to complete a certificate in TESOL and helped at the Refugee and Migrant Resettlement Support Services based at Mairehau Primary School for a few years. Nowadays, I coordinate the ESOL programme at Burnside Elim, as well as teach for the NHT. This experience, coupled with my early travels overland through Asia and South America, have fostered an interest and compassion for people of other cultures.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT TEACHING ESOL WITH THE NHT?

I am passionate about helping students from other countries to achieve their goals. I enjoy the flexibility of working for the NHT in terms of hours worked and the composition of classes.

HOW MANY STUDENTS DO YOU HAVE AT ONE TIME?

I usually tutor students individually or sometimes in groups of 2 or 3, depending on their nationality and level of English. Compatibility is paramount and lasting friendships are often formed.

WHAT COUNTRIES ARE YOUR STUDENTS FROM?

The students are from a wide variety of countries, although the majority are from Asia. I have taught students from: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bhutan, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Russia, Samoa, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam and Yemen.

WHY DO YOUR STUDENTS WANT TO LEARN ENGLISH?

Students learn English for many reasons – some want to be able to pass their driving test, whereas others might want to practise their interviewing skills in order to find a job. Many want to be able to pass the IELTS exam so that they can pursue further study.

There is currently a waiting list for ESOL classes, but if you or someone you know is interested in finding out more information, please visit our webpage.