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About 'Leap Into Languages'

anna enjoying spanish prawn
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!

anna teachng french
Meet Lorena 


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 Fenella

Hello, I’m Fenella.  I’m a fully qualified Modern Foreign Languages Teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching French, German and Spanish at secondary level.  I have also done face to face GCSE tutoring as well as delivering fun lessons at primary level.  During the pandemic, I took the TEFL qualification and for the last two years have been teaching English as a Foreign Language online to adults from all over the world. I have a strong passion for teaching languages and feel  that learning a language should be fun.  I’m really looking forward to welcoming you to one of my classes.

Meet Nicky

Hi, I'm Nicky and I teach Spanish, French and Italian, I graduated at Bath University in European Studies with French and Italian and, inspired by languages and travel, lived and worked in Grenoble, France and Rome, Italy. In Rome I was employed by the United Nations in Conference Management and with my languages worked in Colombia, Morocco and Nepal. An amazing experience! 


I qualified as an MFL teacher in 2011 and have been happily teaching Spanish and French (GCSE and A Level) in a Leeds Secondary School ever since. I have also taught English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Italy and Italian classes in Otley. 


I love languages and I love teaching them - I look forward to welcoming you to one of my classes! 

Meet Rachel


Bonjour one and all! I have a degree in European Studies and French, which involved spending a year studying in the amazing city that is Bordeaux. At that point, aged 20, I fell totally in love with France…the language, the country, the people, and of course the food!


Put simply, I love languages and love sharing my knowledge with others. I’m a fully qualified teacher of modern foreign languages, and believe that my passion and enthusiasm when teaching will help you to learn, embrace and love the language like I do.

Meet Fang-Jung (Miffy) 


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.

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