I am a language teacher, freelance journalist and trainee psychotherapist based in the north of England. I also do some consultancy work for schools and services interested in improving their student engagement strategies, which is very rewarding and affords me a lot of opportunities to travel. I'm extremely passionate about supporting people who use services to get involved in the development of those services, and I try and make sure my belief in meaningful collaborative work informs this process.
I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2012 with a degree in Politics and International Relations, and having volunteered for two leading asylum-seeker charities and spent a month a Naples researching marginalised communities, I wanted to hone my skills as a language teacher in order to pave the way for language learning to become more accessible for all.
Since gaining my CELTA in 2012, my job as a teacher has taken me to Austria, Germany and Japan, and I have also conducted extensive marketing duties for two Yorkshire-based schools across Italy and Germany. I have also written articles on sustainable travel for Wanderlust, VIVA! and alternative fashion brand Antiform, the research of which has included my helping to set up a meditation society for a vegetarian café in Salzburg, sourcing stockists for sustainable fashion lines in Tokyo and busking my way around Munich and Paris. I currently write for the Guardian’s Mind your Language blog and contribute comment articles to its Health and Social Care Network. You can find my bio at https://www.clippings.me/users/rosiedriffill
At the moment, I am working as an EFL teacher, and I teach Beginners’ – Intermediate Italian as part of an adult learning programme. I recently put together a CPD package for new language teachers in order to engage older students who may not have studied a language for a long time, and am co-running a monthly language exchange in Harrogate on the first Saturday of every month. It is also my hope that this website will become a forum for promoting minority and endangered languages, and languages for which learning resources are scant. Have a look at the Eye on ... Rarer Languages page for more information.
It’s my belief that languages should be both enjoyable and available for all, in spite of someone’s financial or educational background, and I hope this website creates a dialogue on successful learning/teaching methods and promotes intercultural awareness.