Claire McKernan

Claire McKernan

Claire is an attentive teacher who has an interest in business English and literature. Her bachelor's degree in English Literature and Masters in Literary Studies from Queen’s University have equipped her with strong analysis skills and excellent communication skills that she applies to her work and strives to pass on to her students. She is also keen on the exploration of female identity in the past and how this has influenced the present.

Why English?

As a language and literature enthusiast, I’m aware of the endless professional and personal opportunities that English brings. By studying and teaching English, I have realised how much we are all shaped by language and just how critical it is for communication and acquiring lifelong skills.

Why teaching?

I started teaching alongside my undergraduate degree in English literature and discovered just how important it is to engage with a student on a personal level and how vital it is for student success. It is a rewarding experience for both the student and the teacher. It is a way not only to pass on knowledge but animate the subject matter in an enjoyable way so that the student's skills are developing with every lesson.

Some of your favourite English words and phrases

My favourite word would be

Pluviophile (n.) (A lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days) as I find solace in rainy days and they are the days when I am the most productive.

My favourite phrase would be

‘Burning the midnight oil’ which means to work late into the night. I use this often if someone asks me why I am awake at 1am.

Your favourite place

I love visiting Sligo because it’s a hub for literary culture. I also like the scenery because it inspired a lot of W.B Yeats’ works; whose poetry I studied in university.

Your favourite book

My favourite book is Persuasion by Jane Austen. It tackles issues of patriarchal control, social status and romantic relationships in the eighteenth century. I’m interested in female identity and how the book explores the notion of rekindling the past. I’m also intrigued by Jane Austen’s life and how her own circumstances influence her work.

What are you most likely to be doing when you are not working?

When I’m not working I am usually walking, reading or playing piano. I also like to drink a lot of coffee so you would usually see me with a cup of coffee in my hand.