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FIona Williams

MA

Subject: English Language and Literature

I came to teaching later in life having had a career in the travel industry that allowed me to travel the world and get paid for it.

I have always had a passion for literature and the theatre that was instilled in me through my own education. Training to teach enabled me to convey some of my passion to others. Through my teaching career I have taught English Language, Literature, Drama and Media Studies. My great passion is the theatre, notably Shakespeare. I was fortunate enough to gain my MA in Shakespeare and Education from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon.

Understanding English Language and Literature is the key to accessing so many other subjects. The analytical and presentational skills the study of English offer can set you up for any future career.

My teaching experience ranges from senior comprehensive to large independent schools. I have also taught intensive revision holiday courses. Every Summer I spend time in Oxford with a group of American teacher trainers discussing and lecturing on the variations in teaching English Literature in the two countries.

For most of my teaching career I have also tutored from home and supported parents who were homeschooling. I firmly believe that there is a different educational route for each individual. It is our job to find a way for that person to access education. There is nothing more rewarding than that “light-bulb” moment. I recently made the decision to leave teaching in school and focus on tutoring and examining. And this decision has led me to Wolsey Hall.

I am a Senior Examiner for GCSE, IGCSE and A Level. I really appreciate the understanding of the student at the other end of the paper that this gives me. I am still surprised by some of the amazing interpretations I get to read of texts that I thought I knew well.

I have two, grown up children; a son who is a Biochemist but loves to read and a theatrical daughter who loves Shakespeare too. So, along with our three cats and a dog called Gatsby we are very busy. But we always have time for literature and theatre. I volunteer at The Globe Theatre in London and spend far too much money on theatre tickets. I am involved with local community theatre and am at present working on a youth production of Phantom of the Opera.

I am really looking forward to working with you.

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