Amongst the many great instructors at ELC Los Angeles, we are lucky to have Beth, who’s not only a teacher but also a valuable office staff member! Beth, (or also nicknamed as “Bethinator” by our Director of Courses, Matt) teaches in the morning time and also works as the Academic Assistant in the office in the afternoon. Read the brief interview below to learn more about her!
Name: Elizabeth “Beth” Peattie
Hometown: Los Angeles
University: UC Berkeley
Hobbies: Reading, going to cafes, hiking, jogging, watching movies
1) How long have you been teaching, and what ages have you taught?
“I’ve been teaching since 2010. I taught English in Taiwan, and their ages ranged from 3 to 40. So I taught from preschool to middle school, and also an adult class. I taught for about 13 months, traveled a bit, and then started at ELC since April 2012.”
2) Why did you decide to teach international students?
“I wanted to combine both teaching and traveling. I’m really interested in different cultures, and love talking to people from all over the world. I think the most interesting discussions develop when people from different backgrounds converse together.”
3) What is your best memory at ELC so far?
“That’s a very hard question…maybe Fiesta in the Park? I liked that event because it was casual, and I was able to talk to both students and teachers in a setting outside the classroom. But another moment is when all of the students are engaged in the classroom. I love it when everybody’s interested and so willing to talk, because the goal of the classroom should be for everybody to be comfortable and willing to participate.”
4) If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
“That’s a difficult question.. hmm.. if it’s right now, I’d go to Iceland to see the Aurora Borealis and stay in those ice hotels. And to be in those hot springs surrounded by snow. I’d be there for three weeks or a month. I like to be comfortable and stay at places for a bit.”
5) Any advices for our students learning English?
“I’d say, to speak and think in English as much as possible. And also to listen to American music and karaoke to it. Just speaking casually to anyone in English is good. “