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Case study: teaching languages

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Neil, head of languages

Neil completed his degree in European studies and French, and is now head of languages at his school. “I’ve always been extremely passionate about languages and want to enthuse others about the benefits of learning them.” He particularly likes the fact that languages give everyone the opportunity to travel, meet new people and explore different cultures – something that’s very important for children in an increasingly close-knit global community.

Looking back on his own education, Neil is pleased he has entered a profession where he can directly use his degree for a real purpose each and every day. He also likes the fact that there’s a great potential for career progression if you want it.

“There’s so much scope for career development. If you’re really ambitious and prepared to work hard, there are plenty of opportunities for promotion, even at an early stage of your career.” Neil also has a lot of support from his team. “When I started my teaching career, I was surprised by how welcoming my colleagues were. They’ve been so helpful, and I never hesitate to ask for advice about anything – everyone is so supportive.”

In his role as curriculum team leader for languages, Neil is in a prime position to be able to influence how almost 800 children learn languages, which is something he takes great pride in. “I’m working in a job where things change all the time and where I am constantly challenged to produce high-quality work for the benefit of the students in my classes. As a teacher, I’m affecting my students’ lives all the time, which gives me a great deal of satisfaction.”

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