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Louise Nolan

Louise Nolan

Head of World Languages

I am a graduate of John Moores University in Spanish and European Studies and hold a PGCE from Edge Hill University.

I started my teaching career in Spain and upon returning to England, worked in an all-boys comprehensive school in central Liverpool. It was within the varied settings of Spain and England that I began to develop my pedagogical skills and passion for teaching languages. Helping students understand a new language, I have found improves not only their communicative skills but also their self-confidence. 

I completed a Master’s degree in International Education with King’s College London in August 2018 which I found to be an exciting opportunity to discuss contemporary theoretical and empirical research regarding areas such like curriculum, assessment and intercultural education. As a student I was ambitious and this has stayed with me in adulthood and in my professional career. I wholeheartedly believe we should always push ourselves to continue learning and to do those things we’ve always wanted to do but were just a little too scared to. Working in an energising school which is committed to the development of their staff, students and families matches my holistic educational philosophy and I think that it is in the positive environment of schools, with staff and students engaged in the learning process, that a stimulating atmosphere is created. 

I joined Nord Anglia International School Dubai in 2015 and in this vibrant community, I continue to enjoy guiding students to understand the importance of languages in the context of their local environment and future goals. It is my hope that by developing students’ skills as scholars and researchers, they are empowered to be inquisitive and see that there are no limits to what they can achieve. My vision for World Languages at Nord Anglia Dubai is to continue to promote linguistic and cultural literacy while cultivating a life-long appreciation and enthusiasm for foreign language acquisition and the cultures they reflect. I believe that by learning a new language, students can build a global mind-set; fundamental in the 21st century. The study of world languages is an interdisciplinary pursuit and it should intrinsically help students view issues from a global perspective. My hope is that students gain an increased knowledge of their relationship to the world by developing an appreciation for other viewpoints all the while deepening their understanding of their own culture and the world at large.