- London, GB
- £7 /hr
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I am a reliable and hard worker with a great passion for languages, especially Spanish, which I first began to study in secondary school, aged 14. I am also able to speak Germanmore...I am a reliable and hard worker with a great passion for languages, especially Spanish, which I first began to study in secondary school, aged 14. I am also able to speak German to a reasonable level. I have an honours degree in Spanish and German from Lincoln College, Oxford.
Following the birth of my son, in May 2009, I decided to pursue my interest in becoming a freelance translator. Between January and December 2010 I followed a distance learning course at City University, London, to prepare for the IoLET Diploma in Translation examination. I sat and passed Unit One of this qualification in January 2011.
Prior to my maternity leave I worked for a number of years as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher, having been awarded a PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge, in 2002. I was Head of Spanish at Aylesbury High School, a girls' grammar school in Buckinghamshire, from 2005 until 2009.
Area Covered: Previous employment history and qualifications
Summary: I taught Modern Foreign Languages for seven years, before leaving work to have my son in 2009.
Over the course of my career as a teacher, I was able to develop a number of skills, which I believe could make me a valuable asset to employers. Not least among these are time management and organisational skills, ability to work to deadlines and the ability to work with and manage a team. Teaching Spanish to A Level throughout my career meant I was able to continue to use this language at a high level, along with enabling me to keep in touch with current events in Spain.
At present, I am attempting to establish myself as a freelance translator, working mainly with Spanish. I have not gained any paid work experience so far in this field. However, I feel that the many translation assignments I undertook through my course at City University greatly helped in developing my skills as a translator. For the Diploma in Translation examination, I chose Business and Social Science for the specialist papers.
Job Title: Head of Spanish
Company: Aylesbury High School
Description: Managing colleagues within Spanish department, organising Schemes of Work, teaching both Spanish and German from beginners to A Level
Summary: 2011 - Passed Unit One IoLET Diploma in Translation
2002 - PGCE, Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Qualified to teach Modern Foreign Languages in Secondary Schools.
2000 - BA in Spanish and German (upgraded to MA in 2004), Lincoln College, University of Oxford.
1996 - A Levels (German, Spanish, History and General Studies, all at grade A)
1995 - GCSE French (grade A*)
1994 - GCSEs - seven grade A* (German, Spanish, History, English Language, English Literature, Dual Award Science), one grade A (Mathematics), one grade B (Music)
Degree: MA Honours
Field of Study: Modern Languages (Spanish and German)
University / College: Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Freelance translation Spanish to English