Teacher Spotlight - Mrs McCartney
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week Elizabeth McCartney, current Head of Modern Languages, falls under the teacher spotlight as she chats to Eleanor Cruickshank.


     
 

Full Name:

Elizabeth Carolyn McCartney

 
  Place of Birth:
Belfast, Northern Ireland
 
  Education:
Belfast High School, University of St Andrews, Dundee University (post graduate).
 
  Hobbies:
Reading, swimming, cinema and theatre.
 
  Interesting fact:
Was run over by a car in Donegal aged 9 – an experience now used as a device for teaching the imperfect tense of interrupted action!
 


 
     

Eleanor

How many languages do you speak?

Mrs McCartney
Three plus English – French, German and a bit of Spanish.

Eleanor

Which is your favourite and why?

Mrs McCartney
At the moment it’s probably French because I’m teaching more French than German, but it used to be German so it does change!

Eleanor

How important is teaching Modern Languages to young people nowadays?

Mrs McCartney
I think it’s really important. Nowadays, you need to be able to communicate with people, and even if you’re not following a career in languages it is a useful extra string to your bow.

Eleanor

What is your favourite foreign word and what does it mean?

Mrs McCartney
“Inoubliable”, because it means “unforgettable” in French – I am infamous for my terrible memory! It also sounds very nice when spoken.

Eleanor

What sparked your interest in languages?

Mrs McCartney
I love to talk, so it’s even better when you can speak in lots of languages! I have been accused of speaking French like a machine gun.

Eleanor

What would you say to those interested in following a career in languages?

Mrs McCartney
That if you really enjoy languages, it’s really worthwhile, as you can do lots of things with them. Get yourself to the countries in question, and speak as much of the language as you can. That’s the only way to become totally fluent.

Eleanor

What is at the top of your Christmas wish list?

Mrs McCartney An iPad 2. I don’t think I’m getting it though!

Eleanor

Do you feel honoured to be the first female member of staff featured in “Staff in Profile”?

Mrs McCartney Of course. Well, a bit embarrassed too!

Eleanor

Well, I’m sure the readers appreciate it! Thank you very much for your time, Mrs McCartney.

   

Eleanor Cruickshank