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Teacher Feature – Maeve Keohane

Teacher Feature – Maeve Keohane

Teacher Feature – Maeve Keohane

Meet Maeve. Maeve has been Director of Studies here at IH Belfast for the last four years. She is also DELTA trained, involving herself in both our CELTA courses and July Summer programmes!

Why Belfast now?

Because it is the best kept secret on the island. Belfast is warm (in spirit, not in temperature) friendly, awkward, interesting and grumpy… like one of your favourite aunties who sneaks you brandy at your cousin’s christening.

What movie most closely resembles your life story and why?

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Being chased down a tunnel by a large big bolder is what Monday morning feels like at IH Belfast, but there is always a light hearted happy ending with a plucky comic relief side kick.

What is your favourite lesson to teach?

More like favourite students… I love teaching lower levels, and right now my favourite students are my ‘Teaching Practice’ students from Syria, Somalia, China, Venezuela, Spain and Italy. Teaching is a pure joy if you have students who want to learn.

What possession could you not do without in the classroom?

All of my coloured markers. I have to have one blue, black, green, red, orange AND a purple. Without my markers I can’t teach a word.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Being self-absorbed (maybe because I am)!

When did you last cry, and why?

The fire alarm in my house started to beep because of the dying battery. I couldn’t get it to stop beeping. I tried everything, mostly violence against the alarm, until I sobbed. I had to burn the house down to turn it off.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

I can’t cook so probably people I don’t like.

How do you relax?

It depends on the time year. In July I tend to lie on the ground in an empty room with the curtains drawn, hoping no one will find me to ask me questions.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

A crown.

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