Interview with teacher Jeff

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Jeff's class

Teacher Jeff and his Class


Where are you from?
I was born in Montreal, Quebec, but moved to Victoria, British Columbia when I was four years old. I lived in Victoria till I was twenty then moved to Alberta for university.

How long have you been a teacher?
I have been a teacher since 2002. In the summer I completed a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Manitoba. In the fall I moved to South Korea where I taught for 12 years.

Do you have any specialty?
I was the head teacher for the writing department at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea for two years. During that time I completed research on strategies for providing language learners written corrective feedback. The article was later published in a peer journal through

What is your favorite course to teach at CSLI and how does this class help students?
My favourite classes to teach are the speaking and listening classes as they provide opportunity to get acquainted with students and develop personal relationships. I think that by providing students various speaking and listening tasks both within the class and outside of the class will help foster more independent language learners who are confident and able to deal with an English environment.

What is your favorite CSLI monthly graduation and why?
I think the movie festival was my favourite graduation month. There was a buzz of excitement in the air at the anticipation of seeing the creative input of CSLI students. I was also pleased to see the final projects that everyone had so diligently worked on.

Why do you love teaching at CSLI?
I think CSLI has a friendly and communal atmosphere which is something quite different from my previous jobs. The teachers truly seem dedicated to providing quality educational experiences for students, and the students themselves are easy to get along with and motivated to improve. I am enjoying the mix of cultures CSLI has and striving to learn more about the students various cultural perspectives.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Vancouver?
On the weekends I spend my time exploring the various national parks in and around the Vancouver metropolitan area. As the weather improves I hope to go camping more on the weekends.


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