I have been a part-time Arabic and Russian tutor since 2007, and have taught English as a foreign language on and off since 1999 when I trained as a TEFL teacher in Barcelona.
I’ve taught Arabic to beginners of all ages: at the last count I’ve had over 60 Arabic students since 2007. I’ve 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. I was the visiting Arabic coach at Cheltenham Ladies College for 7 years and have also taught at The Cotswold School, Prince Henry’s High School Evesham, Bredon Hill Academy and Tewkesbury School.
I’ve taught Russian to beginners and at more advanced levels including at GCSE, iGCSE and A-level. At AS and A2 level, I taught Russian history (Catherine the Great), film and literature (Chekhov and Tolstoy). For 2 years I was an examiner for the GCSE Russian writing paper (Edexcel Pearson ‘assessment associate’). I have 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), I’ve taught English as a foreign language in various private language schools in the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, at the University of Gloucestershire, and at Oryel University, Russia. I’ve taught every age and every skill level from A1 entry level to IELTS academic test.
I also teach translation workshops (literary and commercial translation and editing) and give seminars on linguist careers and the business side of freelancing. I have given workshops or spoken on panels at Newnham College, University of Cambridge; IMES, University of Edinburgh; The University of Bath; and the ITI Western Regional Group. I was the Arabic tutor on the 2016 Translate in the City literary translation summer school at City University, London.
I am a co-founder of Babel Babies, a company promoting early years bilingual education and an exploration of foreign languages within the family. I have been teaching multilingual music sessions to parents with babies, toddlers and preschoolers since the company was founded in 2011. I have also led the German, Russian and Arabic teacher training within the company and help out at Babel Babies workshops at events and festivals.
In my spare time, I am a volunteer with Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees, helping out with English-language practice at our regular community events. I recently co-founded Cheltenham Arabic Club, a not-for-profit venture aimed at giving teaching experience to refugees. We will be running monthly conversation sessions for advanced speakers of Arabic and occasional beginners’ taster sessions. Please email me here if you’d like to join our mailing list.