This month we interviewed Cameron Simmons, the English mother tongue that has been teaching in our school since the beginning of March as an English language assistant.
A: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
C: I’m Cameron- I’m a student at the University of Kent and I study Spanish and Italian. I am in my third year- a year in which I spend abroad and is split between Spain and Italy. The first 6 months, I studied in Oviedo, Spain, and now I’m here in Darfo Boario Terme as an English language assistant until June. I am a big, big fan of football and a keen supporter of Arsenal! I love music and history, especially bands from the 90s like Oasis and The Artic Monkeys.
A: Why have you decided to come to Italy?
C: As part of my degree, I chose to teach English abroad and Italy has always been a country that has fascinated me: I adore the food and I absolutely love the mountains- so Italy is truly perfect for me!
A: Do you like our school?
C: I think Olivelli is a great school! The students are amazing and have so many brilliant ideas! It’s slightly different to the schools in England but, nevertheless, the students are what defines a school, and the pupils here are fantastic!
A: Is this your first experience in schools abroad?
C: Yes, it is. It was definitely a daunting experience at first, but I enjoy teaching and I am passionate about the topics so it didn’t take long for me to adjust (maybe a bit too passionate as I tend to speak really fast and have to slow myself down!)
A: What feedbacks do you have from students and what advice would you give?
C: The students that have spoken to me have enjoyed the group work we do in class. They have, in particular, enjoyed the topics on propaganda and cancel culture. In terms of advice for students, I would add that it’s so important to engage and participate in class- make use of every second! Don’t be afraid to speak, even if you make mistakes.
As the classes are so short- if anyone has any feedback or comments, feel free to email me at [email protected].