The Best of the Best

2016-2017 Issue 1

IMG_3945 copyFor the second time in his 24-year career at McGill, instructor Bruce Manson will receive the School of Continuing Studies’ Award for Distinguished Teaching. He previously received the award in 2009, and was honoured to learn he would receive it once again.

“I was really surprised – that I was shortlisted, and even more so when I found out I’d won,” says Manson. “It’s a big school with a huge talent pool. I work with people who are very competent, professional, and dedicated, and I’m honoured to be chosen from among such a talented group.”

Manson teaches part-time and intensive courses for the School’s English language programs. He was selected to receive the award based on his outstanding contribution as a lecturer, as well as strong support by students’ letters of nomination and course evaluations. The award was presented at the School’s convocation ceremony on June 8, 2016.

“As teachers we’re always learning and growing and hoping to get better, and I’m certainly trying to do that. I guess I look at this as an indicator that I’m on the right track, but there’s always room for improvement.”

He sees the results of his work every day in the classroom. “The intensive English program I teach is the Certificate of Proficiency in English – Language and Culture. Students are acquiring new language skills while simultaneously experiencing personal growth and broadening their horizons; they’re developing new ways of seeing the world. It’s rewarding to see students breaking stereotypes, crossing barriers, and increasing their intercultural awareness.

“I also like knowing my colleagues and I play a role in motivating our students to learn. Sometimes you get students who say, ‘I wasn’t very enthusiastic about learning English, but I’ve enjoyed this course and it’s motivated me to continue.’ That’s what really stands out for me.”

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