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I began teaching French and German at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in Hartlepool in September 2001 and have been there ever since! I currently teach French to 11-18 year olds and am second in department with responsibility for French GCSE and Sixth Form.

In January 2004 I was delighted when I won a BECTA ICT in Practice Award (New to Teaching category) and am passionate about the place of ICT in the MFL classroom. However, I do not believe that ICT should be used to the exclusion of other, time-honoured strategies and I think a variety of teaching and learning methods gives all pupils the chance to enjoy their language learning.

In May 2004 I became an AST for Hartlepool LA and since then I have been heavily involved in the development of Primary French in the town.

In May 2006 I became a Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Lead Practitioner, a role which has involved me running a Lead Practice Seminar based on the best use of old and new technologies in the languages classroom.

In June 2006 I achieved a distinction in the North East and Cumbria ‘Teacher of the Year’ Awards which was a great experience for me.

I passionately believe that languages can offer something to all of our pupils and as a trainer I like to share my enthusiasm for fun language-learning strategies with interested colleagues.

My interests clearly include language learning and teaching strategies and the use of new technologies in languages; however, I also have what some might deem an unhealthy interest in Emmerdale, Coronation Street and The Bill, plus two fabulous labrador retrievers, Max and Paddy!