‘I first attended an Eaquals conference in 2012, soon after joining NILE, and I was struck by the collegiality and professionalism of the organisation. I really enjoyed the event and the friendly welcome and I received from so many members.’
Could you tell us something about your early career in the language teaching sector?
I couldn’t think what to do with a bachelor’s degree in Renaissance History, so I started with a CELTA from a language school in Devon, where I grew up, and my first job was at Cambridge School in Lisbon, Portugal, teaching a whole range of learners ages, levels and courses. I loved it – the job and the city – and honestly think that I could have stayed there permanently. However, I had always liked the idea of using the qualification to travel, and after two years in Lisbon, I took jobs as a language teacher in the UK, Australia, Thailand and Chile. In Thailand I became more serious about my professional development, took the Delta qualification, and became involved in teacher training and testing. Then in Chile I took an MA in Language Testing which moved me down the more specific career path.
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