BANKS & LEE ACADEMIC ENGLISH - English for International Communication
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Mr. Anthony C. Banks

2009-present    Professor, Hanyang University
2005-2008 Professor, Sungkyunkwan -Georgetown TESOL Program,
Sungkyunkwan University
1998-2002 Professor, Seoul National University
2009-2013 MA in Second language Acquisition & TESOL, University of London, UK.
2004 Cambridge University Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults,
University of Cambridge / Westminster & Kingsway College, UK.
1997-1998 MA in History,University of London (SOAS), UK.
1986-1990 BA inEnglish Literature and History, Monash University, Australia

I first realized that I wanted to become a teacher in 1991, when I worked as an ESL tutor
to recent migrants and refugees to Australia with the Victorian Department of Education.
This, in turn, led me to teach English in Japan and Korea, something I have been doing now for
almost 20 years. I have been living in Korea since 1998, and have worked at the following universities;
Seoul National University, Sungkyunkwan University and Hanyang University, where I am at present.
My wife, Dr. Hyang-kue Lee, and I established Banks & Lee Academic English in 2005.
Of all the students I have taught before, the young minds at Banks and Lee have taught me the most.
In fact, they teach me something new everyday.

Starting Banks & Lee Academic English has been the biggest undertaking since getting married and starting a family. In fact it is just like starting a family. Dr.Lee and I, both see our school, and everyone in it as an extension of our family. Like a child, our school is growing and learning everyday. It needs constant care and nurturing if it is to be a place where both learning and love can bloom. Dr. Lee and I both know that deep learning occurs holistically and in different contexts, through reading, imagining and play. Therefore, we want our students to experience English through these lenses.
Good luck to all past, present and prospective students at Banks & Lee Academic English!
Dr. Hyang-kue  Lee

2012-present    Research Professor, Institute of Globalization and Multicultural Studies,
Hanyang University
2009-2011 Research fellow, Korean Educational Development Institute
2005-present Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of North Korean Studies
1998-2009 Lecturer in Education, Seoul National University
2002-2003 Visiting Academic, Institute of Education, University of London, UK.
(Chevening Scholar)
1990-2000 MA and PhD. in Education, Graduate School of Seoul National University
1986-1990 BA Department of Education, Seoul National University

I still remember the first day of my English lesson at the age of 13. The alphabet looked so confusing and the sounds were so strange that I thought I would never get it. Now I greatly appreciate my public school teachers and the school textbooks I used at that time. If I compare the learning resources that I used in my schooldays to those of today, they were so humble, simple and out dated. However, I learnt one of the most valuable skills in my life, English, the international language. English allows me to communicate with more people in the world and gives me a chance to be part of it. I really hope that I can help our students to acquire this tool that they can use throughout their lives.

If I were asked to give any advice to parents or students, I would share the following phrase I once heard in relation to literacy: "books give you wings". You can travel anywhere through reading, so let us journey together for a short time and we will learn together until it is time for us to part. Good luck on your voyage.
Ms. Anna Ryu

People look happy and full of life when they are doing what they can do well. I've been teaching English for a long time and I've learned many things and I've grown a great deal as a result. I'm happy with what I am doing now.

Do you have a dream? Do you want to be happy? Don't answer with what your parents want you to be! Think about what you really want to do! If you have found what you like doing, you are lucky because you can make it come true! Go for it!
Mr. Nathan Spencer

Hi! My name is Nathan Spencer and I have been working at Banks & Lee since 2008. I am from the United States. I don't have a hometown as my family moved around when I was young; we lived in Missouri, Guam, Florida, Italy, Mississippi, and Montana. I love the beautiful outdoors in Montana, the mountains and rivers and wild animals, so it is my favorite place. I went to three different American universities, earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. After teaching university writing in the U.S. for about eight years I moved to Japan to teach and then came to Korea. I enjoy reading and cooking (and eating kimchi!). My parents instilled in me the belief that we are all lifelong learners, and so I hope to continue to gain wisdom from the world and from my students. I also look forward to guiding them toward a better understanding of the English language.
Mr. Brian Patterson

Greetings dear reader and allow me to intoduce myself. My name is Brian Patterson, a native of Ireland's western province, Connacht. I attended Maynooth University between 2005 and 2008 where I read for a double honours degree in Classics and History. After graduation I travelled to Korea to take a position as an English language teacher. I have been in Korea ever since and joined the team at Banks & Lee here in Sanbon, in February 2013.

I fell in love with teaching and have since become a Tesol certified instructor. I belief the classroom to be a sacred space, a space in which students should be encouraged to explore the beauty of learning in a challenging and constructive manner. With these sentiments in mind, and embracing the communicative approach to second language acquisition, I see my role more as a 'facilitator', developing students language skills in accordance with their future needs in real life settings, be they cultural, business or otherwise.

Away from the classroom, I live by the mantra, 'health body, healthy mind'. I love running, reading and eating well. I have travelled extensively across Europe, The Middle East and Asia gathering that general philosophy which so adeptly compliments teaching in an international setting. In sum, I'm honored to be part of your children's education. For now, take care and enjoy your day.
Mr. Lou Varelas

I am originally from California, but moved to Seattle when I was 20 to pursue my college career. I graduated from the University of Washington with top honors. I received a degree in the field of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a minor in Asian Cultural Studies.

I firmly believe that the sharing of language and culture is paramount as we become an ever changing global community. Therefore, I always strive to teach from this perspective. Of course, trying to have fun while doing that is always a priority too!
Ms. Megan McNeil

I was born and raised in southern California in a town near Los Angeles. I graduated in June 2008 from the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Interior design. I worked at an after-school program near my home and enjoyed the atmosphere and seeing the students grow every day. A friend of mine was teaching in Korea, and told me how much she loved it. I decided to come to Korea and try teaching English.

I instantly fell in love with the culture, the people, the food and the amazing experiences Korea has to offer. I also fell in love with teaching. It is amazing to be able to give students a tool that they will be able to use for the rest of their life.
Ms. Ji-young Choi

Hello, my name Ji-young Choi. I love to travel and learn new languages. I also like to spend some time with my dear friends and reading books. I like learning new things like playing sports and musical instruments. I've traveled a lot, so I have learnt and realized how big the world is and how many things we need to know to be the kind of person who I want to be. I've always liked learning English so I'm very happy to be here now. I want to teach not only English but the things I've learned in my life. One thing I learned is "If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you dream it, you can become it." If you want to do something, don't hesitate, just enjoy that and keep going. I hope I can help to make dreams come true. Best luck to all.
Ms. I-rang  Lim

Hi, my name is I-rang Lim. I was born in Korea but I have lived in three different countries; Korea, the Philippines and the United States. Each country has offered me a variety of experiences. One of the most important lessons from living in different countries and cultures is flexibility. So I am flexible and always try to have a positive way of thinking. Many people around me have asked me questions on how to study to be fluent in English. I could not answer them because I became fluent in English not just by studying at a desk with textbooks but mostly by enjoying and living with English in my daily life. This is something I would like to share with my students and hope the students learn English as they enjoy and live with it in their lives. I look forward to having good time with all the students and staff at Banks & Lee Academy.
Ms. Ellen  Yu

Hello, my name is Ellen Yu. It's a pleasure to be a member of Banks & Lee. I have been working as a teacher for several years and I am still learning. Through years of teaching, I have been fortunate to have the chance to not only give, but also to receive.

I hope that my students enjoy English and have more chances to speak. I will try my best to help my students have more confidence and reach their full potential.
Ms. Angela Kong

Life is a series of learning experiences, I have no doubt about it. I majored in English since I believe that language is a way of understanding and communicating with the world. When I lived in America, I realized that no matter what culture we are from, we are all connected to each other through our common experiences and through language. When teaching, I try to give my students efficient and enjoyable ways to communicate and interact in the world. Also, I try to open their eyes and minds to the world we live in. And I am definitely learning some valuable things from my students. I am not sure exactly when I started to learn English, but I have decided to spend my life teaching it. The most important thing is that I am here at Banks & Lee. It has been a pleasure working with the professionals at Banks & Lee and I've learned a lot from them. I am indeed grateful for the time I have spent here and love teaching my lovely students! I hope all of my lovely students can enjoy learning English with me at Banks & Lee.
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