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Online Anywhere, France
Having moved around my birth country, the UK, many times as a child and young adult, I've continued to do the same in my adopted country, France, for the past 30 years. It's made me very adaptable and feeds my curiosity for discovering new places and meeting new people.
Whilst education was not my original choice of career to use my languages, I embraced the opportunities which came my way upon moving to France. Starting at university in Paris, helping to train future teachers, my career has grown organically with various experiences in language schools, in-company, in engineering schools, running the ESL department in an international school and several long-term contracts working with middle school children. I've organised many a school trip to Britain, brought Cambridge exams into schools, belonged to various educational groups to advance the use of technology and enhance learning, built websites, attended seminars and conferences on the CEFR and generally wound my merry way through a variety of learning opportunities as an educator.
I've never been a perfect fit for the education system here as I've always done things my own way. I've also seen the stress that language learning can cause - something which many people carry into their adult lives. I'm interested in psychology and the brain, as well as the role of emotions so I've read books and participated in professional development courses to further my understanding and bring new ideas into my teaching practice. I'm one of those people who takes new information and instantly tries to apply it in the classroom. It can be quite stressful, but an interesting experiment nonetheless. One of my more recent experiences was as manager of a branch of a major chain of language schools and I found that many adults had very similar learner profiles to my teenage learners and very often had not moved on from their school experiences. This is when my searching led me to Rachel and Neurolanguage Coaching which, for me, brought together so many strands of my quests and experiences. I'm now a qualified NL Coach and am in the process of validating my Advanced and Professional diplomas.
I grew up in a theatre and television environment and my first professional experiences were in these domains. I've carried this love forward and been involved in theatre groups, pantomimes and video production over the years. I've always been interested in the human body and brain and human potential. This is expressed through cooking, alternative medicines and energy healing as well as protection of the environment. I love to find the beauty in things so I take photos, make collages, do embroidery and generally decorate spaces. Nature is one of my biggest sources of inspiration.
I have excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as presentation and performance skills. My computer skills are not bad for my age - and I do my best to keep up with new developments! I'm always keen to try out new gadgets and ideas.
I have a First Class Honours degree in French, together with a French Chamber of Commerce Diploma in Business French. I studied for a year at the Institute for Foreign Students in Aix-en-Provence and studied literary translation at Masters level while I was teaching at Paris III. I also studied German, French and Marketing at university level, before switching to single honours French. I've since added my CELTA in teaching English as a Foreign Language and my NeuroLanguage Coaching Certificate. Along the way I've taken many short courses in such things as psychology, education, time management and computer skills. I'm also a qualified speaking examiner for Cambridge English Assessment.