Get to know our wonderful teacher Sarah who you will have seen during the day and also in the evening classes.
1. How long have you been working at Lexis? About a year
2. Which class do you teach? Evening Pre-Intermediate, Elementary and Upper intermediate
3. Have you taught English overseas? If yes, where? Yes, I taught in a high school in Bangkok, Thailand for a year in 2013. It was an incredible experience!
4. What’s your favourite learning tip? Always be reading a book! Reading is SO important! Ask me for book suggestions, I have tons.
5. If you had to pick another Lexis campus to work in, which one would you choose? I guess I’d choose Brisbane- because I imagine it’s the most similar to Perth.
6. What’s the best thing about living in Perth? Perth has the perfect balance of culture and nature. I can meet people from all over the world, head to the beach for a surf, go hiking in a regional park, or escape for the weekend to a campsite down south.
7. What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you while teaching? My young students in Thailand hijacked the speaker during a grammar lesson, played “Gangnam Style”, and started dancing on their chairs. True story.
8. What’s your favourite English word? Do I have to choose just one? I love the word “nostalgia”: a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time. Some other words in my top ten are: ambiguous, insightful, intriguing, indulgent, eloquent, dapper, cheeky, nasty, and creepy.
9. Which activity do you think students enjoy the most in your classes? Activities involving music are always popular. I try to choose great music that uses the week’s grammar… so students don’t even notice they’re learning.
10. What’s the most useless talent you have? I can tell you anything you want to know about the evolution of animals on the earth, as I studied evolutionary biology at university.
11. Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses? A horse-sized duck for sure, because ducks have one important weakness… bread.
12. What was the last gift you gave someone? Today I gave my students the “gift” of knowledge!
13. What’s the best thing about being a teacher? Being able to have fun while helping others expand their horizons. That, and meeting people from all over the world.
14. If you were to be given a superlative when you were in school, what would it have been? Most likely to do everything at the last minute but still get an A on the test.
15. What is the dumbest way you have been injured? Falling up the stairs.
16. Where will your next holiday be? Hopefully Venice, Italy to see my husband’s family.
17. What would your perfect party look like? A 1920s-themed vegetarian banquet at the home of Jay Gatsby, as played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 film adaptation. It would be attended by J.K. Rowling, Melissa McCarthy, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, the Obamas, Bernie Sanders, all of my family, friends and students. We would drink champagne and dance to instrumental swing and jazz.
18. What is your spirit animal? A lion, because they’re a bit funny and kind of cute, but they’re also fierce. And the females are in charge!
19. What song do you know all the lyrics to? Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Thrift Shop by Macklemore. Anything by Alanis Morisette.
20. How do you think students will remember you and your class? I hope they’ll remember having a good laugh everyday (except maybe Mondays), supporting each other and working together as a class. And how far they improved from their first day!