James Pagliaro BA
Royal Leamington Spa, England (it’s pretentious, but I love including the ‘Royal’ bit)
Education: BA (Hons) English
Teaching qualification: CELTA, DELTA
Teaching since: 2005
Teaching in P.A.R.K. since: 2006
Teaching experience in: England, Czech Republic
Specialization: Teaching exam classes
What I like about teaching
Teaching English is a great way to meet a variety of different people, so it’s rarely a dull job. You also get the feeling that you’ve helped them improve their life skills, or achieve something, which makes it quite a rewarding way of earning a living.
My advice to sudents of English
Take risks, spend some time in an English-speaking country and make sure you read in English – it’ll do wonders for your vocab.
Three things I like
Lamb Dhansak, pilau rice, onion bhajis, poppadoms and mango chutney
Bushmill’s 10-year-old Single Malt
My favourite English word
Gooooaaaaal! (I love playing footie with my son, especially when he shouts “GOOOOAAAAL!”)
My favourite Czech word
Červánky (light red clouds during sunrise or sunset). It has a certain romantic ring to it that the equivalent English phrase doesn’t. It was one of the first non-pub-related items of Czech vocab I ever picked up.
Something special about me
I can play the didgeridoo and once went busking in York, England with one. Funnily enough, I earned more per hour doing that than I do as a teacher. Maybe I should change my job!
What I like most about P.A.R.K.
The staff and the opportunities I’ve been given to develop my career.