Diane joined Otago Polytechnic as a full time administrator in 2001. Her responsibilities include financials, student administration, staff support, and administration duties within the Schools of Design and Social Services. She also provides administration support to the Safety and Wellbeing Manager.
Jean Gordon MAppLng TESOL, GCTLT, BA, BEd, Dip Tch, TESOL Cert, has worked as a lecturer for Otago Polytechnic in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) since 2002 on a variety of language courses ranging from part time to full time.
Jean's office is situated in Parry Street She icurrently works part time as a lecturer for
The English Language Centre teaching the 24 week English for Nursing course and
also works for Architecture Building and Engineering co teaching the English component of the year long Certificate in English for Engineering course.
Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors
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.'