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Why I teach with Melissa Barrett

28th July 2017

It’s been fifteen years since Melissa Barrett joined the Studio Cambridge team. She has taught hundreds of students throughout the years and has become a fixture within the teaching community here in Cambridge. We asked her a few questions about her journey in becoming a teacher and her favourite moments at Studio Cambridge.

Q1: What drove you to teach?

I decided to become an English teacher because I had developed an interest in the language through literature and because I wanted to travel. When I started teaching, what I enjoyed most was meeting lots of interesting people from different cultures and this is still one of the best parts of the job for me.

I like the communicative approach we use in our teaching. This approach means that lessons are focussed around the students; students are very active and get lots of opportunities to talk. I also really love English grammar and pronunciation and I get a lot of satisfaction from helping learners to understand and use the language well.

Q2: What is the best thing about teaching at Studio Cambridge?

I’ve been teaching at Studio Cambridge since 2002. I like it because it’s professional and well-organised but there’s also a relaxed atmosphere here and the members of staff are all very friendly. There are lots of teachers and staff members who have been with the school a long time and I think that says a lot.

It’s quite a big school so there are lots of students from different countries and we can offer a range of different classes, but it’s not so big that it becomes impersonal; I feel that our staff get to know the students well.

Q3: What is your favourite memory so far at the school?

I have lots of good memories from Studio Cambridge so it’s hard to choose a favourite but I will mention two:

Studio Cambridge is primarily a language school but we are also a teacher training centre. In addition to the CELTA course we also train English teachers from around the world. I’ve had great experiences with groups of teachers from countries like Italy, Russia and Argentina.

Studio Cambridge supports Street Child United and I was lucky enough to teach some of the young people who had grown up on the street but who were learning English at Studio Cambridge so they could go on and become ambassadors for the charity – they were quite inspirational.

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