Inspiring students: Q&A with Polina Skvortsova

Posted on July 12, 2016

news_inside_Polina_Skvortsova_TESOLAfter teaching herself English at a young age and completing her degree at UBC, Russian born, Polina Skvortsova was looking for a rewarding career.

After researching her options, Polina decided that VCC’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program was the perfect fit.  Now, armed with a diploma and a job, Polina shares her VCC experience.  ‌

Why did you choose to pursue in a career teaching English to speakers of other languages?  ‌

I decided to get into teaching because I craved a rewarding and creative career. I also needed a stable income and a possibility for professional growth. Teaching English is challenging, but it is the best job I’ve ever had.

Why VCC?

There are a plethora of schools out there that offer TESOL related training.  After doing some research, I realized that VCC was the best choice because it’s a public institution and it’s accredited by TESL Canada.

What would you say are the top reasons to choose the TESOL program at VCC?

VCC offers a solid base for a successful teacher’s career. The program is well established and is recognized worldwide.

What skills did you acquire at VCC that most help in your career?

I loved the communicative aspect of instruction; it helped me to feel relaxed in the classroom. Later, I could use this skill when teaching.

What did you do after graduating from the TESOL program at VCC?

I started teaching in a private school right after completing my practicum. Currently, I work with one of BC’s Immigrant Serving Societies.

What are your long-term goals for the future?

My long-term goal is to become the kind of a teacher who truly inspires students to learn.


Are you interested in teaching English locally or abroad? VCC offers professional level certification that is recognized by TESL Canada.

Learn more at the Wednesday, July 13 info session, from 6 to 7 p.m., in room 1208 at VCC’s Broadway campus. TESOL is still accepting applications for September classes.