One of the adjectives I have always used to describe myself is ‘Spanglish’. I grew up in a bicultural environment (my father is English, and my mother is Spanish). I am really lucky because it provided a great starting point to see things from different perspectives and appreciate diversity in life.
I hold a BSc (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath. I loved the multicultural and international aspect of my degree, and speaking English, Spanish and French helped me to keep up with current affairs around the world. After my undergraduate degree, I spent a couple of years working in education and translation, which confirmed my vocation to become a teacher. I then completed my PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish and French) at the University of Oxford while working at a comprehensive Secondary school in Oxfordshire, teaching Spanish, French and Politics.
One of the reasons I love teaching MFL is that it comprises three of my passions: Languages, History, and Culture. Jean Brunet (a French poet) once said that “learning a language is not a destination, but a journey” – and I completely agree! Learning a new language (even if it’s just some basic terms on Duolingo!) is a great life skill and a fantastic accomplishment. It is so much more than simply learning new vocabulary and a separate grammatical structure; you discover different traditions and cultures while becoming more open-minded and learning more about yourself!
In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking and going for long walks with my Golden Retriever. I also love to travel and discover new places and cultures – yet another example of how languages can be extremely useful!
I enjoy being part of the Wolsey Hall community, and I look forward to supporting you on your linguistic journey!