University of Salford: (2012-2015)
2:1 BA Hons Journalism (Multimedia)
The course made me utilise and improve so many skills such as in depth research from sources such as books, online resources and telephone/email/in person interviews. Time management with, at times, incredibly tight deadlines was a necessity in order to demonstrate an ability to work in the fast-paced media world. Something which I definitely gained by doing a journalism course was an ability to communicate better to get my message across whether it be with the written word, speaking for TV or radio, or in whatever way necessary. I also had two work experiences during my course. One at online start-up Wakelet and the other at Four Four Two magazine.
TEFL 120 hours: (2016) via www.tefl.org.uk
I did 100 hours of online grammatical and teacher technique training with 20 hours of in person training to improve teaching knowledge in workshop and Q&A style training. During the 20 hour in person training, which I completed before starting the job in Barcelona, I did exercises in planning and conducting mini lessons with peers and it gave me a good understanding of the job I would be doing in the future.
Dada: (September 2018-present)
Teaching English online for Dada to an entirely Chinese collection of students has been a new and exciting challenge over recent months. I believe that it has enabled me to understand new teaching techniques and ways of communicating with children of varying level. The age range of the students I have been teaching for Dada is quite wide, with the youngest being four, and the oldest sixteen. This has proved an interesting and stimulating task, as I have had to be dynamic with my approach and how to teach each individual in order to meet their individual needs. All lessons have been one on one which is also something which has been a useful experience due to my teaching of children in Spain being mostly in groups.
Exit school of English, Barcelona: (September 2016-July 2018)
Teaching English to a wide range of students of varying age and level opened my eyes to a different culture and a completely new method of working for me. At Exit I made exams to be used for classes across a number of age groups and abilities. Being flexible with classes is an extremely important part of teaching English as a foreign language, particularly with adults where sometimes students of varying abilities, and therefore varying needs, are in the same class. Teaching Spanish children and adults English when I don’t know Spanish to a high level I believe conveys an ability to be dynamic and a willingness to challenge myself.