As far as Nick Mann’s career goes, it has been a long and winding road. Nick joined IALF in 2011 and at the present time, Nick is an instructor with IALF Bali’s English for Academic Purposes program. However Nick’s first experience teaching English was in Thailand just after he had graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He loved those early teaching experiences in Thailand but it was to be quite a while until he found himself in the classroom again. Nick spent time working as a researcher before working for a fine arts auctioneer. He also started a small ceramics company which specialized in making handmade decorative tiles.
Then Nick enrolled in a Graduate Diploma in Language Teaching (TESOL) in Australia in 2004 and throughout that time Nick kept thinking about teaching English again. He eventually went back to university and within weeks found himself teaching academic English at the Wollongong University’s Sydney Campus (WUC). After a year with WUC, and with his Graduate Diploma completed, Nick began teaching IELTS preparation courses and not long after became an IELTS examiner. Nick then returned to Thailand with the opportunity to develop and teach English for monks. The following year he worked as a Director of Studies at a new language school in Bangkok before returning to Sydney where he joined the University of NSW Institute of Languages, teaching EAP and IELTS.
However, Nick’s desire to work overseas, and particularly in Asia, had been sparked by his earlier experiences, and he eventually found himself teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at IALF Bali on the Australia Awards Scholarship program. One of the reasons why Nick enjoys teaching at IALF so much is because the students are so motivated and focused. EAP means a lot of pressure to achieve the necessary results but their eagerness to learn and their friendliness and appreciation really make it all worthwhile.
Listen to Nick Mann talk about his work at IALF: