I'm a native Brit from the north of England married into a Spanish family. I'm CELTA & Masters qualified & have taught both English & Humanities. Before moving to Spain I worked in various educational settings with schools & partnerships including with corporate volunteers, sports clubs, film makers, performing arts groups, & charities, managing teams & to delivery community education programmes in London & Manchester.
I help to develop the content at Oxinity & enjoy in particular materials relating to cultural diversity & different global perspectives. I believe in effective active learning where students are engaged in topical & relevant materials. I´ve had a lot of experience in to improving both verbal dexterity & comprehension towards proficiency levels & in drawing out the idiomatic differences in say British & American English. I like to focus on Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) where students help shape their learning in relation to English for a Specific Purpose (ESP) & especially towards their particularly interests so to maintain high levels of interest & motivation. For this I can also rely on my experience as a skilled curator of learning resources for use also outside of class.
From my blogs you can see that I am passionate about education, music, literature, film, comedy sport, global & cultural perspectives on current affairs, practical ethics....all sorts. I'm a dedicated & curious lifelong learner & enjoy building rapport in classes, in particular with committed, inquisitive & ambitious students be they International Business people, Teachers, Academics, International Students, elite Sports people, aspirational parents etc. The outcomes should be that you, the learner, 'flourish' or become confident in any work, study or social situation where previously you may have felt out of your confident zone.
A skilled developer & curator of learning resources for classrooms, in companies, online and flipped learning.
A founding collaborator of 'Get Up Idiomas' – a Valencia based start up agency for educational travel & exchanges.
A passionate music collector/curator & reader on popular culture.
An ability to develop a Filmclub model promote community cinema & literacy programmes based on film & the sourcing and showcasing of appropriate films.
A keen follower of current affairs & global cultures, ethics & perspectives.
A spirited blogger on any of the above.
Prior to my 8 years teaching in Spain I gained around 20 years experience in various leading educational settings in the areas of community learning, extended schooling, youth services & learning resource management including at Senior Leadership level at schools & collaboratives in east London with the backdrop of the 2012 Olympics. The positions entailed developing out of hours lifelong learning opportunities for young people & their families & contract management of area based youth services including a newly build school at the centre of a diverse community. The overall vision was inspired by the idea of Community Leadership Networks which can introduce better bonding & bridging across communities & build the capacity of public-private & 'third sector' partnerships. The resultant programmes of positive activities - in sports, arts, performing arts, Saturday Schools & a community cinema were awarded official recognition at various levels including winning the Outstanding Community involvement Award from the Times Educational Supplement https://www.tes.com/articles/tes-schools-awards-2010-winners
Masters in Education (M.Ed)- Equal Opportunities in Education, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Geography, Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).
My teaching approach
Barcelona Madrid Valencia based but hoping to teach online to any & every location
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