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Why I teach

29th June 2017

Clara Givens is originally from Northern Ireland and has been part of the Studio Cambridge family for a couple of years. She can be easily described by her colleagues as loving, hard-working and an asset to the teaching community. Admired by staff and students she gives us insight into her career and life at Studio Cambridge.

Tell us about your path to becoming a teacher?

I moved to England for University, fell in love with London and made it my home for about 10 years.

I took a sabbatical from my job in Finance in London to travel around South America for 6 months visiting Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and ending up in New York for a few days, before coming back to the UK. I met some very interesting people in South America and visited a school in Argentina, where underprivileged students were learning English as a second language. Their excitement at having a native English speaker chatting with them inspired me to follow a lifelong interest in teaching. Upon my arrival back in the UK, I signed up for a CELTA course and, after a pretty intense four-week course, I moved to Paris to begin my new career in teaching.

I came back to the UK five years ago and I have been a teacher at Studio Cambridge ever since.

What is the best thing about teaching at Studio Cambridge?

These guys… 


The teachers at Studio Cambridge are a great bunch. We all work very well together and help each other to develop our methods and build our skills. And they always put a smile on my face.

I believe that having a really good team of teachers that get along brilliantly and work together so well says a lot about a school. There is plenty of support from the management team when needed. I really feel part of the school, rather than simply an employee.

What is your favorite memory so far at the school?

Choosing one memory is really tough! There are so many silly moments in the staff room that would have you crying with laughter. Then there is the endless number of amazing, fun, bright students that I have really enjoyed teaching here at Studio. One memory that stands out is my time with a wonderful group of students who spent weeks working so hard, especially on their pronunciation, and were so excited about perfecting ‘three’ that when they were taking pictures at the end of the course, they made everyone else say three instead of cheese to the camera. Or perhaps the students who really didn’t want to be in Cambridge studying English while their family were on a beach holiday, but eventually ending up crying when they had to leave us. Or even the time I taught a class using an activity called good cop, bad cop, and the students got really into it. So much so, that their role-plays had the other students gripped and made me feel like we were on the set of Law and Order. These are just the memories that come to mind… there are so many others and I’m sure there are plenty yet to come!



We (teachers and students) thank Clara for her continued efforts to teach English as a second language to young learners from all over the world.

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