Ruth Young


Subject: French, Skills for Life, Spanish

My passion for languages was ignited early in my life; my mother is convinced that my first words were in French as we went through a motorway toll booth and I said ‘Merci beaucoup Monsieur’! I have always been fascinated with learning how to communicate. As someone who really enjoys talking, I have tried to master at least the basics of the language in each country I have visited or lived in. Communication is a vital skill for life, and I am looking forward to supporting Wolsey Hall students develop their skills for life as their Tutor.

I gained a BA Joint Honours in English Literature and French, with additional qualifications in Spanish and Italian from the University of Leeds in 2004. This allowed me to deepen my understanding of linguistics and also spend time living in France and immersing myself in the culture. It was during my degree that I realised that teaching was my vocation. Growing up as a daughter of two teachers, you might say that I was destined to work in education. However, it was actually a decision that I didn’t come to until I had completed my undergraduate degree.

I continued my studies in Leeds with a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages. On completion, I went on to work in West Yorkshire, teaching both French and Spanish, and working as an Advanced Skills Teacher across the region. I have always loved creating fun and interesting ways to remember vocabulary and have used this passion in my classrooms. I make sure that my students enjoy learning languages and feel confident to communicate when they visit the country or meet someone who speaks French or Spanish!

I have been living overseas in Cairo and Bangkok since 2010 working in international education in a variety of roles; both academic and pastoral as well as leadership. Teaching French and Spanish to students for whom English was a second language, has allowed me to explore more deeply the process of language acquisition. More recently, I have been involved with the development of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education in international schools.

Following the birth of our daughter, my husband and I decided a change of pace was needed, so we have now moved to France, along with our ridiculously large and friendly dog. We are enjoying lots of peaceful countryside walks and eating far too much baguette and cheese!

I am very happy to be part of the Wolsey Hall Tutor team as this will allow me to support students with their studies in Languages and also their Skills for Life! I am excited to be a tutor on these courses as they align perfectly with my philosophy of holistic education and developing students into well-rounded global citizens.

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