I am a languages graduate (with two first degrees, one in French and Spanish (OU) and one in Oriental Studies - Arabic and Persian(Manchester) ). I also have a Masters degree in English Literature, specialising in Victorian poetry (OU).
I started my career in 1983 as a teacher of English as a foreign language, and have the Trinity College Licentiate Diploma in TESOL. This is an excellent all-round qualification in teaching languages in an enjoyable and communicative way.
I am also qualified as an adult education teacher, and have worked as a language teacher, Director of Studies and as a housemother in a girls' boarding school. I have worked in a number of different countries, including Indonesia and Slovakia, as well as in Britain.
My experience of teaching English (language and literature), French and Spanish at all levels is varied and includes GCSE, AS and A2 level.
I enjoy teaching languages and I also love learning them. I read widely in all my languages and am also interested in fine arts. At the moment, I am especially interested in Spanish painting and its history.
I am a Friend of the British Museum, belong to the RHS because I love gardens and plants, and am a National Trust member because I love art, architecture and above all history. I practise yoga to keep fit and healthy. I am always learning about new things and acquiring fresh interests because my students introduce me to their hobbies and passions and inspire me to learn more.
My aim is to help my students get from where they are to where they want to be. You may be an adult who did some French at school and now you plan to retire to some lovely French village, or you may be struggling with your A'level English coursework. I am a flexible, friendly teacher with patience and I know that all my students can achieve what they want with time, practice and confidence.
I teach from my own home, in a room equipped with a whiteboard and audio equipment. I am happy to teach private lessons for individuals or small groups (up to 3).