Ruth is able to teach:
- Arabic and French up to GCSE level
- German and Russian up to A-Level/IB
- Ruth reads Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Ukrainian, and is able to deliver Beginners’ level/taster courses and creative translation workshops in a wide range of languages
Ruth was a part-time Arabic and Russian teacher in various schools and privately from 2007-2014. She has taught English as a foreign language on and off throughout her career, starting in 1999 when she trained as a TEFL teacher in Barcelona.
Since 2014, when Ruth began to focus mainly on literary translation, Ruth has delivered creative translation and multilingual creative writing workshops in schools, as well as professional development for language students and early-career linguists.
Teaching literary translation
Ruth was Arabic tutor at Warwick Translates summer school for literary and creative translation (University of Warwick, from 2019), and at the summer school’s previous iteration, Translate in the City in 2016 (City University, London).
Ruth regularly teaches translation workshops focusing on different aspects of the profession, including practical translation taster events for complete beginners, and talks on linguist careers and the business side of freelancing. Please see here for past workshops at a wide range of schools, universities and other institutions.
Creative translation in the classroom
Working mainly with the Stephen Spender Trust, Ruth delivers workshops in schools from KS2 (primary) to KS5 (6th form) which inspire pupils to think differently about translation, and to see it as a creative activity that is accessible even with very limited language knowledge. These workshops awaken pupils’ curiosity and confidence in their language learning, help them to analyse language use and to make connections between English and other languages they have encountered, empower them to realise that the skills they already possess can be used to decode texts in a language they don’t already know, and (hopefully!) inspire them to explore languages in a different and more creative way to the mainstream MFL curriculum. Ruth offers translation workshops using comics, picture books, poetry and songs, all aimed at pupils with no prior knowledge, or very little experience, of the language.
Communicative language learning
Ruth has taught Arabic to beginners of all ages: over 60 Arabic students between 2007-2014. She has also taught GCSE and AS level Arabic, and have been a teacher-examiner for GCSE oral exams. Students of mine have gone on to study Arabic at Edinburgh, Exeter, Oxford and Durham universities. Ruth was the visiting Arabic coach at Cheltenham Ladies College for 7 years (2007-2014) and she has also taught at The Cotswold School, Prince Henry’s High School Evesham, Bredon Hill Academy and Tewkesbury School.
Ruth has taught Russian to beginners and at GCSE, iGCSE and A-level. At AS and A2 level, she taught Russian history (Catherine the Great), film and literature (Chekhov and Tolstoy), where she produced many of her own resources. For 2 years, Ruth was an examiner for the GCSE Russian writing paper (Edexcel Pearson Assessment Associate). Ruth has taught Russian at The Cotswold School, Prince Henry’s High School Evesham and Cheltenham Ladies College.
Since taking the TESOL certificate in 1999 (awarded by Trinity College London), Ruth hase taught English as a foreign language at various private language schools in the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, at the University of Gloucestershire, and at Oryel University, Russia. Ruth has taught every age and every skill level from A1 entry level to IELTS academic test.
From 2015-2017, Ruth volunteered with Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees and Cheltenham Volunteer Teachers, supporting new arrivals with English-language practice at our regular community events. From 2017-2019, Ruth ran Cheltenham Arabic Club, a not-for-profit venture aimed at helping Arabic-speaking refugees gain teaching experience. We ran two series of beginners’ taster sessions, and held monthly Arabic conversation sessions for intermediate learners. We’re not running sessions at the moment. Please contact me if you are looking for an Arabic teacher in Gloucestershire.
Promoting multilingualism and creative language learning
Together with Cate Hamilton, Ruth co-founded Babel Babies, a company promoting early years multilingual education and the creative exploration of foreign languages within the family. She taught multilingual music sessions to parents and carers with babies, toddlers and preschoolers since the company was founded in 2011. Ruth led the German, Russian and Arabic teacher training within the company, and ran Babel Babies workshops at events and festivals. Babel Babies was awarded the Muddy Stilettos Award for Best Children’s Company in Gloucestershire, 2019!