“Without a knowledge of languages you feel as if you don’t have a passport.” Anton Chekov
For the past 12 years of my teaching career, I was fortunate to share my passion for languages with students, parents, and colleagues. My teaching journey began when I decided to undertake a two year Graduate Teacher Programme in the UK. I gradually developed a student-centred teaching style, seeking to understand both the learning style as well as the cultural diversity of my students.
Upon the completion of my teaching qualification in 2008, I was offered the role of Director of Modern Foreign Languages at De La Salle School and Language College, in Essex. My role back then involved leading the strategic development of MFL specialism in order to raise the quality of teaching, raising achievement in both KS3 and KS4, and fostering local, regional and international links. Two of my major accomplishments consisted in securing the International School Award and securing a governmental funding for improving the provision of MFL at De La Salle School.
My next move was to the British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi where I occupied the position of Head of Whole School Arabic. Amongst my achievements at BSAK was the improved rating of the quality of Teaching and Learning in Arabic from unsatisfactory to good. My role at BSAK involved leading in-house CPD programmes, implementing an engaging curriculum that caters to students’ needs and raising the profile of the subject.
When I returned from Abu Dhabi to the UK, I decided to broaden my experience of teaching by taking up a Visiting Lecturer post at the University of Westminster. I joined the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and taught Arabic language and cultural studies to undergraduate students. Moreover, I helped develop an innovative e-collaboration course which consisted in creating an international link with students in Tunisia. While I was in the UK I successfully completed my PhD thesis at the University of Westminster, under the supervision of Professor Debra Kelly and Dr Nigel Mapp.