English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are recent graduates who work full-time in the Advisory Zone. They are bookable for one-to-one sessions, but you can also drop in if they are free. ETAs provide advice on a range of academic, professional, and social English issues, including exam preparation (IELTS/TOEFL), CVs/cover letters, university assignments, interview preparation, and long-term language improvement. They also run a number of workshops and discussions.
Meet your ETAs:
Conor is from Toronto, Canada. He completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. Both degrees specialized in English Literature. His research as a graduate student covered a variety of subjects, including Victorian anarcho-terrorist pulp fiction, Canadian refugee narratives, and the works of authors such as Salman Rushdie, Jospeh Conrad and William Styron. After completing his university studies, Conor worked in Tongyeong, Republic of Korea, teaching English for one year. Most recently, Conor worked as an educational tour guide, bringing secondary school classes from Toronto to destinations such as Montreal, Quebec City, Boston and New York City. On his free time, Conor enjoys hiking, cooking and watching hockey.
Upon completion of her undergraduate studies in Modern Languages in Colombia, Lorena moved to China to teach English to young learners. She worked as a language and drama teacher at international schools in Shenzhen and also as curriculum developer. Lorena is interested in curriculum design, language teacher identity and professional development.
Sharon was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Canada. After graduating from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Religion, Literature and the Arts, she went on to complete her Master’s degree in Film Studies at King’s College London. Upon her return to Hong Kong in 2014, she acquired her Trinity CertTESOL. Since then, she has worked with children, high school students, and adult learners in various tutorial and language centres around Hong Kong.
What can I book?
25 minutes (Standard session)
If you are looking for help with short-term English needs, such as advice on one particular assignment or preparing for an exam or interview, you can book this session. We urge you to bring your document with you for the advising session.
45 minutes (Recorded session)
This longer session is a recorded speaking session, and is designed for students who are preparing for university presentations, job interviews, or speaking tests. During these sessions, the ETA will record your speaking and play it back in real-time for on-the-spot feedback and self-evaluation. Only book this session if you’re prepared to go in front of camera!