After a successful career as a secondary English and French teacher, I co-founded language education company Babel Babies in 2011, and have developed an award-winning multilingual Early Years programme for families and educational settings. The entire programme is now available worldwide online with a free taster here.
My ambition is to change UK attitudes to learning foreign languages. The Language Revolution Podcast is one of my ventures to engage new audiences, who are not yet aware they need to be learning languages for long-term health and enjoyment. I compiled an anthology called Multilingual is Normal, conceived, designed and published in one month in 2020, which is available as a paperback or online.
Since 2020 I have been studying applied linguistics at the University of Oxford, where I was awarded a distinction in 2021 for my master's thesis about how UK early years and primary teachers use songs (read it on ORA here). In September 2022 I won the BERA Literacy and Language SIG Award for my conference presentation about the evidence base for using songs with young language learners. Watch this space for my doctoral thesis and related research publications. I am absolutely thrilled to be working with my incredible colleagues and supervisors at the Department of Education, and teaching Quantitative Methods and Critical Reading and Writing to students on the MSc ALSLA course as Doctoral Teaching Fellow.
I volunteer for NALDIC, the EAL subject association, and am honoured to be Conference Chair for the 30th anniversary conference in November 2022. I also have an online bullet journalling workshop to help busy people (including me!) keep their heads clear.
Click the logos below for details of my projects, or get in touch on email (see below) if you'd like to organise a speaking event.