A native English speaker and qualified teacher, I've been teaching languages for 19 years! After getting my degree in French and Spanish, I qualified to teach English as a foreign language, and secondary French and Spanish, and I've been teaching ever since! I lived and worked in Spain for several years and learned to love the Spanish language and culture, liking nothing better than helping my fellow native English speakers to appreciate it too.
I've taught my language - and the languages I have learned - to the highly educated and the barely literate, to people in their eighties and toddlers still in nappies,to accomplished linguists and the truIy terrified, and I love adapting what I do to the needs and pace of my learners and watching everyone make progress (at their own speed) towards their personal goals, whether that be mastery or an easy-going hobby.
I firmly believe in lifelong language learning and in my free time I'm trying to improve my (basic) Mandarin Chinese. I may be fluent and qualified to teach French, Spanish and English, but I am still a beginner learner of Chinese so I know how daunting learning a language can be and how important it is that the atmosphere and materials in a class are non-threatening, easily accessible, and thoughtfully designed, and what a diffrence it makes to have an approachable, understanding teacher.