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Andrew’s BEST EVER Sunday roast ??

1st November 2018

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 #5wondersofCardiff challenge…

During November visit five of Andrew’s favourite places to eat and explore in Cardiff. Take a selfie when you visit each place and tag Celtic English Academy on twitter, facebook or insta and use the hashtag #5wondersofcardiff . If you complete the challenge show Chelsea, our new Student Support Officer,  your photographic evidence and you will enter a draw to win a free place on our next trip!! ?


All about me! 

Name:  Andrew

Nationality: English/British.

Languages: English alongside bits of French and Spanish!

Travel experiences: I have travelled around most of Europe, in fact when I studied French and Russian in University I studied for half a year in both countries. I have taught in Seville in Spain and travelled through Central and South America. I have also spent time in Shanghai and Turkey with my role at Celtic English Academy. I found it interesting to see how the support staff connect with international markets. 

Three fun facts about me:

  1. I play the repinique in a local samba band!
  2. I love birds, my current favourite is a magpie.
  3. I am the only Andrew Bodgin in the WHOLE WORLD!

Life at Celtic English Academy.

Job Role: Senior Teacher.

Background:  I moved to Cardiff six years ago to study a masters at Cardiff University. Whilst completing my studies a friend told me about Celtic English Academy. I had previously worked for four years as an English teacher so Celtic matched me perfectly.

Typical week at Celtic: There is no typical week! However, I usually start Monday helping to test new arrivals. I spend most of my time teaching, I teach most programmes, including the junior and IELTS courses and I even teach teachers. Some of my days are spent doing administrative tasks such as creating timetables, making resources and marking work. 

Where you will find me: I am either in the Academic Office, a classroom or in the staff room.

Favourite part of my job: I love being part of the cultural melting pot at Celtic. I really enjoy meeting students from all over the world – without having to leave Cardiff! 

Best moment at Celtic: I raised £1500 for Cardiff Food Bank by doing a sponsored fast during Ramadan. I broke fast in Dar Ul Isra Mosque, just around the corner from Celtic. I did so amongst friends, staff and students which was a wonderful experience. 


Where to go and what to eat in Cardiff ??️ ☕


Where I eat my English/Welsh breakfast: Pen y Lan Pantry.

Favourite Cardiff coffee shop:  Hardlines and Brodies. 

Best place to eat lunch in Cardiff: Secret Garden Café in Bute park. 

Favourite Cardiff bakery: it’s got to be Nata & Co! 

Best place to eat dinner in Cardiff: La Cuina, a Catalan restaurant. 

The most delicious Sunday Roast: The Crofts pub carvery is great! So much veg, meat and gravy for £7.50. They even have a dog, a cat and a grey parrot there AND the football is played on silent.

Favourite place to have a drink: Dead Canary, so cool. 

Best Cardiff park: Bute park, it’s awesome.


Words of wisdom for new students ?

In your first week make friends with people who do not share the same first language as you. Go and meet for a coffee or a drink and do so regularly.

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