Over the years I’ve worked with various schools in Malta, as well as teaching for one year in Barcelona, Spain, and now have more than 20 years’ experience teaching all levels, from Beginner to Proficiency, and all ages. Living in a country where I didn’t speak the language (Spain) has made me very sensitive to the everyday difficulties encountered by my students.
Qualifications: Qualifications include BA Gen (English & Theatre Studies), PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages) and has recently obtained a Master’s degree in Documentary Heritage at the University of Malta.
Hobbies & Likes: Love animals (at the moment am the privileged guardian of two cats) and everything to do with nature – wish I could have a garden to grow my own fruit and veg but right now have to make do with a terrace garden and plants in pots. I enjoy reading, films, theatre, long countryside walks, swimming, snorkelling, horse-riding, travelling, chocolate…
Dislike cities in general because of the crowds and the noise and the pollution, but also love what cities offer – theatre, museums, architecture, restaurants and the chance to observe human nature anonymously.
Aspirations: When I have more time on my hands, I hope to be able to travel more – to revisit some of the places I have already been to and to discover and explore new (for me) territories, in other words, TO boldly GO where many others have gone before me!
Motto: ‘DAYWBDB’ (Do-As-You-Would-Be-Done-By) - not because I’m a Water Baby - but because it just makes sense.
Favourite Quote: "If you propose to speak, always ask yourself: is it true, is it kind, is it necessary?" Which is perhaps the reason I often don’t say very much!
Isabella (IZZY) Attard
I started teaching at the age of six. Admittedly, the spellbound class was made up of an assortment of soft toys, but that was the start of a teaching career that has included areas as diverse as drama, horse-riding, primary and secondary school teaching, teacher training and, of course, English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
Favourite Book: I have recently been introduced to the books by Michelle De Kretser and was blown away by her masterly use of the language. Probably not everybody’s cup of tea, but I can’t recommend her books strongly enough.