Dolores Long has been with Manchester Academy of English for over 12 years, having brought with her extensive experience of teaching English to a wide audience both at home and abroad.
Now part of the Teacher Training team, she plays a vital role in equipping CELTA students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to teach English to non-native speakers, helping them achieve the first significant step towards a rewarding and exciting international career in teaching English.
This is her story:
“Having always wanted to work abroad, I did my TEFL certificate at Hallam University in Sheffield. It was hard work, very intensive but I learned such a lot in that one month.
I’d always wanted to work in Africa and so applied to VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas). I spent the next 3 years living in small rural town in Tanzania, training students to teach English in primary and secondary schools and visiting the schools to assess the students on their teaching practice. It was a fascinating insight into education in a developing country and gave me the opportunity to travel extensively in East Africa.
I’d loved working in Tanzania and so got a job with the British Council in Cairo teaching English as well teaching business English in Egyptian companies. Having found that I loved teaching I did my TEFL diploma in Egypt. I then moved to Bangladesh with the British Council and spent two wonderful years teaching English in local companies, NGOs and aid organisations. This was followed by a short placement in Cambodia and Russia.
As I’d been away from friends and family for some time, I decided it was time to return home and worked at the Bell Language School in London teaching students of all levels as well as one-to-one business English. I also worked in Strangeways prison in Manchester teaching English to male prisoners.
After a few years back in the UK, I found I was missing working abroad and so went to work with VSO in Zambia for 4 years training English teachers and also helping Zambian teachers to integrate education on HIV/AIDS into their teaching.
My CELTA certificate prepared me well both for working abroad and in the UK. It has been a real privilege to experience different countries and cultures and meet so many interesting people. I’m now working as a CELTA trainer at Manchester Academy of English and always feel a pang of envy when trainees head off to foreign parts.”