I can imagine your faces right now. You probably ask yourself why I write this post in English. The answer is pretty simple: I had an interview with a pretty awesome woman from Canada. She lives in Austria right now and is about to learn German. She only understands English and as the interview is about her, I decided to write it in her native language.
Claudia Makos in a 29-year old woman who moved from Canada to Austria. Her life was, so far, pretty exciting, if you ask me. She holds an English course at my company and last week I had the idea to interview her about her way to Austria. So enjoy!
- So we know your name by now. What you are only a part Canadian. What is the other nationality? I’m Canadian-Hungarian.
- What do you do for fun or what are your hobbies? I love travelling to new countries and learning about different people and different cultures. I also enjoy running and participating in short distance races (5-10kms) so I spend a lot of my free time preparing for that. But I most of all enjoy spending time with family, friends and my dog.
- So you are a sporty person, as far as I can tell. What is your job exactly? What do you do for a living? I work as a freelance English trainer / teacher
- Right, that’s how I got to know you. You hold a course at my company. Why did you choose that job for you? I chose this job because I enjoy teaching and this offers a flexible schedule for me on a freelance basis. I originally chose teaching in university because I remember having a lot of horrible language teachers and I wanted to make language learning more fun and less stressful!
- And you do! I like the classes with you very much. But what kind of education is necessary for your job? I think you need a teaching degree or training to be a teacher but I’m not sure what the requirements are for every language school.
- I see. So it’s pretty similar to our system. What do you like most about it? I enjoy meeting new people and helping people achieve their goals in English.
- And I hope I achieve mine in June. I’m already pretty excited about the exam. Are there things you don’t like about your job? I don’t like when people are forced to learn by their parents or boss and they make it obvious and don’t want to learn and don’t participate in the lesson or prepare for it.
- I can imagine. For a teacher it must be a terrible feeling to stand in front of a class and one student doesn’t listen at all. Why are you in Austria now? I am in Austria because my fiance got a better position in Linz and we decided that there would be better opportunities for both of us here.
- Well, I’m glad you came here. Is there any other country you would like to work at? I haven’t thought about it, but if I had to choose then maybe Canada.
- Canada is great. I want to visit it at least once in my life. But what about your students? It is hard to teach students older than you? Not really. It used to be when I first started teaching but now I realize that age isn’t important but rather your experience or abilities. But of course on the first meeting many people ask me my age or subtly try to find out how old I am.
- Do you know a word in German? If so, which one? Yes, I know about the amount of a baby or a kindergarten child: the numbers, days of the week, greetings.
- Great, that’s a good start. Do you like working for Lenzing? Yes, I think everyone I have met is very friendly and very active in the lesson which makes my job more enjoyable and I can see that everyone needs English for their job so they are very motivated.
- Yes, we are. I can tell from their faces that they enjoy the classes. Well, expect for the Grammar. What is the most difficult part of your job? The most difficult part is preparing for the lessons as I have so many different students, and groups which all have different purposes for learning English and always trying to prepare material that is applicable to that particular student or group. Also, a lot of times I have to educate myself in things I have no idea about. For example, about tools and equipment or processes that are specific in some companies.
- That sounds tricky indeed. But with our group you manage it pretty good. Do you remember a student or a story that is particularly funny? I can’t remember any story in particular about a student although there have probably been several. However, I remember having many funny and awkward moments when students used the wrong word and ended up using an inappropriate word instead! Also, I remember while teaching in London a lot of their (The British) vocabulary differs from the American English so when I told children to take off their pants for P.E. they thought I meant their underpants as I didn’t use the word ‚trousers‘ so they thought I was some pervert or something.
- Oh my god. I can imagine how embarrassing that must have been. So, my last question: What do you want for your future? I have no longterm plans for now. I am enjoying my time and job at the moment here in Austria but I don’t know what the future holds for now.
Thank you very much for your time to answer my question Claudia. I’m very happy that you decided to do this interview with me.
There it is, my friends. My first interview for this blog. I really enjoyed thinking up all those questions. I promise that it won’t be the last interview. Hopefully you got a quick glance of Claudia. My English lessons continue till 27th of April. So maybe I’m going to write another blogpost in English. We’ll see. Thank you for reading and have a nice day!