Lead 5050: Lizzy Dunne

Picture of Lizzy with quote: “What I love about this job is that it combines my love of languages, learning and helping people. What drives me is researching and learning new ways to teach and present materials for students.”

BSC is providing an opportunity for colleagues from across our business to be part of Lead5050. We spoke to Lizzy Dunne, one of the new members, to find out why she decided to apply.

What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on so far at BSC?

The most exciting classroom project I did was create a newsletter with my students in the afternoon class. I loved it because the style of class was really different. The students brainstormed and came up with all the features independently and created their own content, layout and design of the magazine. The students loved the experience and I think it gave them a huge confidence boost to their English skills.

What do you most enjoy about working at BSC?

I love meeting students from around the world, learning about their stories, lives and experiences and what brought them to the school. I love being able have a part in transforming their attitude towards English; encouraging them to believe in themselves and work hard towards achieving their goals. For example, when I teach exam classes, I feel like I need to put as much effort into helping them feel motivated, focused and capable of achieving their goals as teaching the content of the lesson. Being able to keep their motivation high and enjoy classes as much as possible is a challenge I really enjoy.

What’s been your biggest career success so far?

My biggest success was to help coach a student who failed an exam to achieve the exam result he needed. It was a success because he kept telling me it was impossible for him to pass the exam (An exam he needed to get into university) and through encouragement and a lot of extra time after school and chatting to him at breaks to keep his morale up and give him tips and advice, he managed to feel more positively about the exam and start to put the work in to pass. In the end he got the score he needed and I remember feeling really proud of him and happy that my input helped him achieve goals that were so important for his future career.

What drives you in your career?

What I love about this job is that it combines my love of languages, learning and helping people. What drives me is researching and learning new ways to teach and present materials for students. I recently attended IATEFL conference and completed my DELTA, which really inspired me to adapt my teaching style and learn about new techniques and research in the language-teaching field. It helps me feel that I am constantly growing and developing as a teacher.

What drives me in my career is the change of classes and constantly trying to think up new ideas to make classes relevant to students of today. Finding out what my students enjoy and need and adapting the class for their specific needs requires

Is there a particular woman in business that inspires you? 

My mum’s best friend, Sara Carter, is chairperson of Glasgow University business school and she inspires me because she has achieved so much in her career (written two books, part of Scotland’s female entrepreneur board with Nicola Sturgeon, made her way to one of the highest positions in academia) she is fiercely intelligent, witty and creative but she is never aggressive or big-headed about her successes. She inspires me because she has managed to stay so grounded and true to herself and not let her success go to her head.

What innovations do you see in the future for BSC?

Possibly more of an online presence. I think BSC has a real potential to do more with online classrooms, which would benefit the zero-hour contract teachers in the winter months whilst also encouraging former students to continue their English classes back in their home countries through an online portal.

If you had one wish for the future, what would it be?

That BSC could become a leading learning and professional development centre for both students AND teachers. That it can be a place where we are realising the maximum potential for both students and teachers in a way that is unique and innovative.

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