Monsieur Jeff Nottage, professeur d’anglais au CS, a accepté de répondre à notre petit questionnaire, mais à la seule condition que l’interview soit en anglais.
Why did I choose this job ?
It was a bit of a coincidence, I was working part time as a journalist when I found out that they needed an English teacher here. I started working 50% and I enjoyed it.
The most important subject after the one I’m teaching
Officially the other subject I can teach is geography. I don’t teach it, but I enjoy it
My principal character trait
The first thing I do after my last lesson of the week
I usually just continue working, there is always so much to do. Especially Fridays, I finish teaching at eleven, then I usually just go on until 5 or 6 p.m
If I wasn’t a teacher, what would I be
I have always thought that running a bed and breakfast would be fun. Maybe in another country, maybe in Asia or Down Under. Who knows ! We’ll see if it happens…
What bad habit do I tolerate
Being messy or being disorganised, or even being late, because I’m often late so I would forgive that easily.
What do I hate more than anything else
People who lie.
My main weakness
Hum….. I think I tend to imagine the worst when there is no reason for that.
Students are either angels or devils
Here they are mainly angels
Mac or PC
The gift of nature that I would like to have
I would like to have the eyesight of cats. I read recently that cats see better at night than we do during the day.
A tune in my mind
My favourite occupation
Playing music. I play the bass. I play in a band and we will soon give a concert
Am I a maniac or an untidy person
I try to be a tidy person
My biggest dream
To take a year off and travel the world
If not myself who would I like to be
I suppose I would like to be someone I admire. Maybe a philosopher, they usually have good ideas
The most beautiful scenery
Holidays up in the mountains or at the sea
Up in the mountains. I like the sea too, but If I had to choose between the two I would like to be near the seaside but up in the mountains
I am more a morning or an evening person
Somewhere in between. I don’t like getting up early and I don’t go to bed very late
A sound that I like
It’s called the gamelan, it’s an instrument played in Indonesia. It’s wonderful to listen to it. It’s percussion and it’s made of some kind of steel. When I was in Indonesia there was a group playing that while we were having breakfast, so that plus the sound of the waves on the beach was just heaven !
My favourite quotation (citation)
I have such a bad memory that I never remember them, but I have a Canadian friend who used to say « You have to be a rock but not to roll! »
An historical person that I admire
I admire the people of Tunisia and Egypt at the moment, because they have had the courage to stand up against something which is really unfair. Against people who are lying
What about double cream
I like it. I like it a lot. luckily I don’t eat it too often because it’s kind of heavy to digest but I can eat a fair amount