Amber Fraser-Smith has been teaching at Otago Polytechnic since 2015. She has worked on five summer school programmes, several short courses and NZCEL Levels 2, 3 and 4.
As well as teaching in her hometown of Dunedin, she has taught in the United Kingdom, Spain, Cambodia and Thailand. Before becoming a teacher, she worked as a journalist for 10 years. She also has a master's degree in educational psychology and loves using the knowledge she has gained about memory and learning in the classroom.
Her hobbies are yoga, dancing, gardening, reading, travelling, hiking, and psychology. One of the reasons she loves teaching ESOL is because when she can't travel, she feels that the world comes to her.
Michael joined the English Language Programme in 2015 and has since worked on three Summer Schools and several short courses as well as Level 2, 3 and 4. He has taught English for many years: at Nelson Polytechnic, in Christchurch, Switzerland and China . Before becoming a tutor he worked for the Department of Conservation and has also worked as a Guide on the Routeburn Track. He really enjoys getting to know students from different countries and trying to communicate the beauty and craziness of the English language. His hobbies include travel, tramping, cycling, kayaking and reading.
Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors
Implementation Lead (Te Pukenga)
I am a teacher of English language, here at the English Language Centre. I am also, at the moment, Team Leader of the ELC, which means that I am in my office more than I am in the classroom. I have been a teacher for about 13 years. It is a skill and an occupation that runs in the family; many generations of my family have been teachers, at primary, secondary and tertiary level.
I have worked here at Otago Polytechnic for about 10 years. I really enjoy working with migrants, International students and all students in general. I regard education as an opportunity for transformation, a process that can lead to positive changes in a person's living and working circumstances. I see teaching as a science and an art-form, and a social service.
When I'm not teaching, I am spending time with family, keeping fit, reading and writing, or growing vegetables. I have two brothers, two children, and a lot of garlic. I have travelled widely, in Asia, Europe and North America. I have learnt a lot about different countries, people and myself while travelling and teaching, and I understand what it is like to 'find your way' in another country, culture and language.
That's enough of me. Welcome to the English Language Centre, where we do all we can to help you to 'find your way.'