Francesca Simms

Subject Lead Spanish

Having spent most of my adult life away from my native city of Liverpool, my passion for both languages and culture, have been continually developing. I believe that learning another language can help us get closer to our global neighbours, especially as this world gets smaller and we become more connected via new technologies.

Moving to Sweden at sixteen and learning a completely different language, sparked my thirst for understanding the world in which we live. This led to my First Class Honours Masters degree in Politics with Spanish at the University of Dundee in Scotland, where I also wrote a dissertation on the Rwandan Genocide that is in the process of being published in a Peacekeeping journal.

I began my career as a teacher in 2012, when I moved to Madrid (Spain) to work as an English teacher with the British Council. Having thoroughly enjoyed this experience, I then accepted a position as an International Institutional Relations Coordinator, working directly with Ambassadors and Government Ministers worldwide. Although I enjoyed this experience, with such a strong passion for education and teaching, I decided to apply for a place on the PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education) course at Liverpool John Moores University to receive professional training as a language teacher. I also undertook a Masters degree in Education Practice.

I believe that a foreign language class must be enjoyable and accessible for all, through fun engaging activities, where language learnt inside the class is transferrable to the outside world. I enjoy spending my free time with my son and partner, and travelling to new places where I love sampling new foods.