Before joining INTO, I taught IELTS at Beijing Normal
University, Zhuhai, China from 2007-2009. I found out about the job
after an interview for another job (which I declined), and the
interviewer recommended me to someone at INTO.
As Programme Manager, I keep track of over 100 students, 20 of
whom are from the EU/UK, as well as over 10 teachers who serve as
module leaders in various Academic courses. Along with this, I
teach an English/Study Skills component for the advanced
international and home students.
INTO UEA London was only 3 months old when I started, and I was
immediately amazed at the newness of the building and the cutting
edge technology in the classroom. I've also had a good deal of
training in use of technology and leadership methods.
The thing I enjoy most about my job is watching students
progress while enjoying their stay and studies at INTO. I also
enjoy the comfortable environment with colleagues who always seem
to have the students' best interest at heart.
It's important to have an understanding of different cultures as
well as experience teaching diverse groups of students at varying
linguistic levels if you want to teach at an INTO centre. It's
important that staff are flexible as this is a private institution
and may run slightly differently from many other university systems
out there. Though it is different in many ways, the ultimate goals
are the same, which are ensuring student achievement and success
for their future. Honestly, its uniqueness is what makes it such an
exciting place to work.
I love working at INTO as the people I work with are not only
colleagues but also friends. Even more importantly, though, is the
difference that I can make in my students' lives with the help of
INTO. Though there are sometimes problems as with any organization,
there is a sense of teamwork at INTO in which everyone feels an
important part of the system, all working together to impact
students in a positive way.