Analía Kandel (MA Teaching English as a Foreign Language 2001)Introduction
I started teaching English in 1989 and came to Reading in 1998 to study the MA in TEFL at the Centre for Applied Language Studies- or CALS (now known as the International Study and Language Centre). Since my return, I have worked both in the public and private sectors as a teacher, teacher trainer, administrator and consultant. In 2009 I was privileged to have been elected by my colleagues as President of APIBA, Buenos Aires English Teachers' Association.Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?
My mentor at teacher training college in Buenos Aires suggested the MA in TEFL at the University of Reading was the best option in the field, and he was right. At CALS, I found the academic excellence I sought.What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?
The outstanding tuition, the multicultural environment, the wonderful campus and its facilities, and the warm atmosphere among my fellow students and lecturers.What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?
Make the most of the experience - the well-stocked library, the contact with colleagues from all over the world, the unique research and learning opportunities.What are you up to now? How did you get there?
Since 2000 I have been the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at Boston College, a bilingual secondary school in Buenos Aires. Since 2009 I have been the Information and Special Programmes Coordinator in the Foreign Languages Office, Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires.How has the University of Reading helped in your chosen career path?
My MA in TEFL at Reading was a turning point in my professional career. Not only did I improve my insight into the English Language Teaching field but I also honed my intercultural and interpersonal skills and broadened my contacts network. I have shared my newly-acquired skills and knowledge with my students and colleagues in Argentina and elsewhere.What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?
My studies and experiences at Reading provided me with a deeper understanding of my profession and the field I specialised in. I miss meeting my fellow students at The Queen's Head, the delicious curry Jan from Pakistan used to treat us to, life at Sherfield Hall, the library at CALS, the freedom and time I had as a full-time postgraduate student, my shopping trips in Reading and my occasional visits to London.