About 'Leap Into Languages'

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In Barcelona getting friendly with a prawn - ¡Me gustan mucho las gambas!
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to
his heart."
Nelson Mandela
My story

 

Having studied and lived in Berlin, as well as regularly leading and assisting with various visits abroad, I have seen the difference learning a language has made for myself and the students I have taught. I truly believe that learning languages enhances an individual's cultural, historical and linguistic knowledge. Setting up 'Leap Into Languages' for me was 

about creating the opportunity for people of all ages to be able to enjoy and appreciate languages, whilst having the ability to express themselves in speech and writing. Fostering a love of learning another language from a young age is key to a child's development; it stimulates and encourages their curiosity in an engaging and fun way. For teenagers & adults, this increases tolerance & knowledge of other religions, traditions and customs, enabling them to communicate in an ever-changing global world. In the long term, this creates a deeper intercultural understanding of other countries, resulting in more confident individuals. Studies have also proven that learning a language has great health benefits; improving your memory, staving off Alzheimers and making your brain smarter by challenging it to recognise and communicate in different language systems. So what are you waiting for, do you need any more amazing reasons to learn a language with me?

Meet Anna

 

I have a degree in International Management & German from UMIST and studied and lived in Berlin for two years. I'm a fully qualified Modern Foreign Languages teacher with over 18 years experience of teaching German, French and Spanish at Secondary level, including teaching the new GCSE & A-level specifications. Over the past five years I have also delivered Spanish & French at Primary level to Year 6, in order to prepare them for essential secondary MFL skills. 

 

Consistently graded as 'Outstanding' in lesson observations over the past eight years, I want to extend my expertise and passion for teaching languages to individuals & small groups. This includes toddlers, primary school pupils, GCSE/A-level students or those just wanting to learn languages for fun!

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Meet Lorena 

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Hello, my name is Lorena and I am an Italian teacher. I got my Master degree in Classics and Italian literature at University of Udine, where later on I also qualified as a teacher. Currently I am doing a PhD in Roman History at Leeds University. During my studies I have been missing the opportunity to teach again and to be in contact with people interested in my language, in my country and my culture! Learning Italian will be fun and an immersion in my world, speaking about very different topics related to the Italian culture. Don’t miss this opportunity to start this new journey with me; let’s go to the heart of the Italians! - Ti aspetto!

Meet Connie

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I am a Spanish and TEFL teacher. My nationality is Chilean and I feel passionate about spreading the Latin-American culture around the world!

Since 2016, I have worked in both teaching English to speakers of other languages and teaching Spanish to English speakers. I obtained my degree of “Pedagogía en educación media en Inglés” at UCSH, Chile. Since then, I have had a strong passion for teaching languages and how our brains process language learning and acquisition. ¡Nos vemos pronto!

Meet Belle
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Hello, my name is Belle and I am a Spanish teacher. Since I completed my A-levels at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, I have been working in pharmacy, however my passion for languages and teaching has never left me. I have tutored small groups in Spanish since completing my studies and I have a real thirst for languages. 


For me, teaching is about having fun, helping you to improve your knowledge and really throwing ourselves into an exciting learning journey. 
So what are you waiting for? Through Zoom we can achieve new things, build up your español skills and have a blast. ¡Hasta luego!

Meet Mike

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¡Hola! My name is Mike and I am an experienced teacher of Spanish for beginners. I have taught students in school up to GCSE level after having completed my Open University degree in the language. I have largely been self-taught and I hope that allows me to offer a perspective of an English speaker studying Spanish. Similarly, the fact that I am studying Italian at the present with Lorena allows me to empathise with those new to the study of a foreign language. I have made extensive use of online teaching methods during lockdown and can vouch for its effectiveness and ease of use. 

Hope to see you soon. ¡Hasta luego!

Meet Fang-Jung (Miffy) 

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I am Miffy, a native Chinese teacher with over ten years of experience teaching Chinese. I have a Masters degree in Education and trained to teach Chinese as a Foreign Language; I teach Chinese to Young Learners and Chinese for Business Purposes. I teach at high schools, teaching beginners courses as well as teaching A-Level students, and I teach at the university too. In addition, I use different teaching materials to adapt to my learners needs. I like my learners to enjoy learning Chinese and always try to source activities or teaching methods to help learners integrate Chinese into real life situations. I hope you can join my Chinese lessons to have fun and learn the language.