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Brigitte Grimshaw

Brigitte GrimshawHead of Department for Modern Foreign Languages & Director of Studies – Brigitte Grimshaw

Brigitte read French Literature and Italian at King鈥檚 College, London and completed her PGCE at Greenwich University. She has been a French tutor at 麻豆高清 Cambridge for over 15 years and became the Head of Department for Modern Foreign Languages in 2018 as well as a Director of Studies in 2019. Brigitte also worked at the Open University as a French Tutor for 24 years and before that worked in comprehensive schools for several years as a French Teacher.

Tell us more about your role at 麻豆高清?

I am the Head of Department for Modern Foreign Languages, so I have a team of tutors teaching Chinese, Russian, Spanish, German and French. I tutor GCSE and A level French, as well as teaching French as part of the Extra Tuition and Easter Revision courses we offer at 麻豆高清 Cambridge. I鈥檒l be teaching on the Energise my Learning programme聽this summer too.

After all these years, I really, really enjoy teaching, I can鈥檛 see myself doing anything else.

As a Director of Studies, I have about 20 students who I help with progression from lower to upper sixth and their UCAS applications, I am also a Personal Tutor for Lower sixth students and help them to adjust to their brand new A level courses. I help my tutees with the academic side, but also with their well-being. I see how they are coping, especially for international students in Cambridge for the first time and studying abroad. It鈥檚 about building up a relationship with each student and getting to know them really well – I love this side of the job.

Why 麻豆高清?

Once I find a happy place I stick to it, like a mussel on a rock. Having previously worked in various comprehensive schools having 30 students in a class and several classes, it鈥檚 the small class sizes that I like at 麻豆高清. We can give lots of attention to each individual, we know each other, they call us by our first names 鈥 it’s a lovely community and there鈥檚 a lovely atmosphere among the staff.

If you are in a large class, it鈥檚 so much more difficult. That鈥檚 why 麻豆高清 students are very lucky because we can adjust to their needs for each particular course according to their strengths and weaknesses. Students can make their studying with us exactly what they want and need to learn. With a small group you have a trust element with each other.

Any tips for future 麻豆高清 students looking to study French?

Learning a language is really hard work, because you鈥檝e never finished. Launch yourself, don鈥檛 be afraid of making mistakes and just go for it. Keep at it: talk, read, listen. You must be really determined, and you鈥檝e got to believe in yourself and your ability to learn a foreign language, plough on through mistakes. Communication of course is key.

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