Teaching European Languages and Mandarin in British Secondary Schools

Guillaume Paugam welcome Ye-Ye Xu in this episode. Ye-Ye is studying for a PGCE in European Languages and Mandarin, a choice she made after reading law during her undergraduate degree. She talks about training to be a teacher in British secondary schools, the challenges and rewards of classroom teaching, and how the Covid pandemic has affected her time in schools. She also links her passion for teaching languages with her passion for music, which materialised in a year abroad in France during which Ye-Ye was involved in founding El Sistema Alsace, a charity that seeks to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds tools to succeed in life via music teaching.