About Abbie

An interview with Abbie

“English is learnt best through community, fun, focus and friendship.”

– Abbie Legge, Founder.

Abbie
Why did you become an English teacher?

I left my home in Wales to start travelling when I was 19 years old and during my time travelling I met so many people who had learnt English and could build real friendships with people because of this. I always noticed the people who couldn’t speak much English and I saw how limiting it was for them. They were pretty isolated and I always felt for them. I started helping them out with their English and could see how much more confident they became and the results were life changing. I loved being part of their journey which inspired me to study teaching English and make it my career. I can’t imagine doing anything else now.

Now I have returned to Wales and I can appreciate how much it has to offer it’s beautiful mountains, beaches and cosmopolitan City of Cardiff are outstanding and I want to share this with English language learners around the world.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I absolutely love meeting new people from different cultures. I am fascinated by differences and want to learn more about other peoples way of life. I am very inquisitive and always ask people a lot of questions. I’m an outdoorsy person and am at my happiest when hiking, being in nature, surrounded by mountains and dipping in the sea. These are my happy places.

Why do you think the immersive method works?

1) It helps you think in English.
English is all around you in Cardiff which gives you endless opportunities to read, listen and communicate in English. Your brain will adjust and can help make processing English easier.

2) It pushes you to communicate in English.
When you are in an English-speaking country you have to use English so that people will understand you. Cardiff is a very multi-cultural city so you will be exposed to a variety of accents, it will challenge your listening skills and motivate you to communicate and be understood.

3) Acquire language
You will hear and experience English being used in real situations, this is when acquisition happens. ‘Acquire’ means, to learn something without studying it. We do this naturally as children when we learn to speak. The same thing happens when you are immersed in English. You pick up the common phrases and vocabulary that you hear daily around you.

4) Learning English must be fun and enjoyable.
Students learn better together and when they are relaxed and feel supported. Having group lessons outside allows us to feel more relaxed and excited to discover new things in a practical way.

5) Make friends
A lot of students can’t find anyone to practice English with when they are at home in their native countries. Explore English introduces you to other English learners who you can build friendships with and continue practicing English with after the trip.

What are your hopes for Explore English?

We will reach as many people as possible so that they can experience English with us and become more confident in communicating in English. I want to make it clear and remind people that learning a language doesn’t have to be boring, in fact, it mustn’t be boring! It has to be fun, engaging and meaningful and this is what we base all of our trips on.

We will build a community of English learners who are serious about learning English and establishing connections with people from all over the world.  We will see students build their confidence and massively improve their English which will open doors to the world and break down barriers between people.

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