Katrina Barnes

“A Cambridge language graduate with diverse teaching experience”
109 lessons
67% response rate
19 hrs response time

My tutoring approach


For me, teaching is a reciprocal process. If a teacher is positive and their approach is innovative and interesting, the student will respond to it and put increased energy of their own into the lesson, upon which the teacher can then build further. For this reason, I tailor my lessons according to the individual interests of the students, and also base them on current events in the media and across the world. In this way, not only are students able to apply their language skills practically, but they should also find that language learning is an enjoyable experience!

My approach is gentle; I will never leave a student feeling that they have not fully grasped what I have said, and will happily explain again in as many ways as necessary until the concept is understood. We all learn in different ways, so adaptability is essential; I therefore use a variety of techniques, from visual aids to song lyrics.

I cater for various purposes, including language for business, leisure or school exams. I have a thorough knowledge of and access to resources for various exam boards, including GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications awarded by AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC.

I also offer English Literature classes (and Francophone/Hispanic literature too of course!) I believe that bringing students into contact with literary, historical and philosophical texts is a hugely enriching experience. To this end, I coach students not only to pass school exams, but also to develop their skills in a way which will serve them well at all stages of their lives. My aim has always been to encourage students to question, dissect and absorb different texts confidently and independently, allowing them to fully appreciate what the world of letters has to offer them.

Professional experience

Tutoring experience: 6+ years

I have been teaching Spanish, French and English classes for the past 6 years, both as one-to-one tutorials and to larger classes. My students are from many different countries, are of all ages and range from absolute beginners to advanced learners.

I am a Fellow of the Atlantis Project, for which I designed and taught intensive English courses in the Azores, Portugal. I also have considerable teaching experience in Spain, the UK and on-line to students from all over the world.

I also work as a freelance translator and have translated within a variety of fields, from law to academia. Previous clients include the Universities of Reading, Murcia and Valencia, the Spanish International Journal of Medicine, Physical Activity and Sport Science, and the NGO AIDA.


  • - MA Translation and Interpreting, University of Westminster (Distinction)
  • - BA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish), Homerton College, University of Cambridge
  • - CELTA certified
  • - A-Levels: Spanish (A), French (A), German (A), English Literature (A)
  • - 20-hour Intensive TEFL qualification


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