Ellie Baker

I chose me

Looking back, I realise I depended on my ‘school teacher’ identity for my sense of self-worth. Like many of us, I held onto it far beyond the point where enough was enough. Even when I knew it was making me and those I loved so unhappy, I just couldn’t walk away. Until I did. In 2013, I said goodbye to the dark cloud that hung over every special moment. There were tears, there was a great deal of sadness. I …

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Coaching as a catalyst for change – with the amazing Joe Dale

I’m so excited! Last night I had the honour of being hosted by one of MFL’s most humble tech geniuses – the one and only Joe Dale! I am sure many of you will have had the pleasure of being in his presence at least once or twice in your language teaching career; and I for one can vouch for the impact he has had on me as a teacher, never mind the wider MFL community and of course ultimately …

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The Future of Language Teaching in the UK

As teachers and kids activity providers, I’m sure we can agree that all children deserve the best opportunities in this complex and divided world. We have built our careers and businesses on the basis that kids need access to a broad range of activities, which schools and early years settings alone cannot provide. We could go as far as to say that children need a broad and varied curriculum even more today than they did before COVID-19 pulled the rug …

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Teaching languages through music

“Ellie – why did you leave teaching, and what is BilinguaSing?”

Many of you ask me first ‘but Ellie, what is BilinguaSing”? It’s a good question, and the answer is difficult to put into written words, which is why I decided to make this video for you to show you what it’s all about! However, more often than not, what we really want to know is what we have in common with each other; our teaching backgrounds. So before you dive in, I’d like to give you some context and background about what …

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Teachers – it’s ok not to be ok right now

It’s been really interesting chatting to fellow MFL teachers about what they have enjoyed about lockdown teaching. We have also addressed some of the many challenges – such as how difficult it has been to engage lower ability groups, and get year 10s to switch on their cameras on a zoom call! I have another burning question though . . ..   What have you NOT missed about going into school each day? You can see what happened when I asked this …

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Livin la vida ‘Covid’

Wow – what a strange month this has been! Some of you may know that I have a business called BilinguaSing, which is where I have been spending most of my time since the Coronavirus hit.  We’ve been flat out (as I’m sure you have been too), just adapting to this new normal. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster as we’ve moved all of our customers onto an online version of our usual face-to-face classes. It’s been really successful but also very stressful! BilinguaSing …

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From an Overtired Languages Teacher to Business Owner on a Mission, I found another way

As a little girl, I dreamt of being a teacher. As soon as I got home from ‘real’ school I would immediately start playing ‘schools,’ my younger sister and her friends often bearing the brunt of my enthusiasm for spellings and maths!  My passion for languages, sparked by many family holidays in France during my early years, made my career path clear early on. I still remember filling in my UCAS form for my PGCE, so focused and happy that …

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Struggle with the juggle? Become a self-employed languages teacher!

It’s sad (but true) that nowadays, more and more women I talk to feel unfulfilled in their lives; often as a result of trying to balance work, home, family and self-care. For mums who are looking at going back to work, the thought of returning to their previous career may incur a feeling of dread. I remember the first day I had to leave my baby daughter behind…that in itself was hard enough! Add to that a demanding boss, a …

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