I'm a British born and Oxford educated English language coach, with over 4 years' experience teaching English, in the UK, France, Vietnam, Germany and Spain. I partly grew up in Paris, and speak native French and German too (I'm a UK and French citizen). I've worked in the corporate sector in a major energy group for 8 years, in corporate communications, chief of staff and CSR roles, and also worked at the French Embassy in the Arts, before going freelance in 2013. I'm now a freelance language coach and communications & sustainability consultant.
I've coached CEOs and senior managers, TEDx speakers, startups, NGOs, NGOs, opera singers and managers to perform and feel more confident in English. I've also done 25yrs of singing, useful for helping students to use their voices better. In an era where digital communication dominates over face to face, and 'non-verbals' are partly lost, speaking, pronouncing and listening better are key.
I've recently qualified as a neurolanguage coach (ICF accredited) using the principles of coaching and neuroscience to transfer language skills, which helps to understand the individual learner's way of learning and how the brain works. This results in the student really engaging and owning the goals we set together, a less 'top-down'/ 'tell me what to do' approach, which helps students own the learning process more and get more out of sessions.
Specialities: Business English, HR, corporate responsibility, sustainability & circular economy, energy, green issues, waste & recycling, the Arts, interviews, posting for social media, public speaking, literature, TED talks.
I'm a member of TESOL France and ELTABB (Berlin & Brandenburg teachers association), doing on ave. around 30h of TEFL training per year in the form of workshops, seminars and talks in Paris and Berlin with TEFL experts from around the globe to ensure I keep my skills up to date.
Modern Languages degree including a year abroad in Germany
2013 - 2016
High End English Language Coaching
Langaj - Paris
High end language coaching for managers & CEOs in major listed companies and non-profits using the latest tools and techniques. Focus areas: HR, general business, media, sustainability, CSR & waste, arts.
2015 - 0
Communications Consulting, Language Coaching & Voice training
Phenomenal Words (my own freelance business) - Paris/Berlin
High end language coaching including voice coaching in English, French, German for start-ups, artists, singers, TED speakers, moderation, webinars, interviews.
1988 - 0
Choirs: Oxford choirs, FCO choir, London Concert Choir, Notes en Bulles, solo work. - Oxford/London/Bonn/Paris/Berlin
25 yrs of singing experience & voice training supporting my language coaching work
2016 - 0
Efficient Language Certification
ELC - Germany
Neurolanguage Coaching Certification - using coaching principles and neuroscience to teach languages. ICF accredited.
2013 - 0
International House - Barcelona
Diploma for Teaching English as a Foreign Language
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