Hello! 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 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. 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.