Kinga Macalla, MD & Founder
Kinga is the Director and Founder of Bristol Language School. She is a native Polish speaker and has an advanced proficiency in Czech and English. She has experience in teaching Polish at the University of Bristol and lecturing Polish and European Studies at the University of the West of England, where she was also a Polish Language Tutor Leader.
Kinga has studied in three different countries. She successfully completed the postgraduate course for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (English law option) at Cardiff University. She graduated in European Studies from the University of Bristol (MPhil). She completed the undergraduate course in Poland, studying Slavonic Philology with Czech as a main language. Following this, she spent last year on a Socrates-Erasmus programme at Palacky University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic.
Enas is a native speaker of Arabic and Amazigh (the barber language spoken by the native tribes in North Africa) and a fluent speaker of English. She speaks a Libyan dialect of Arabic as well as standard Arabic for academic use.
She is a PhD candidate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Language Assessment at Bristol University. She also holds two Masters degrees: one in English Language Teaching from Tripoli University and another in linguistics from Essex University.
She also has experience of teaching TESOL and Arabic for non- native speakers. She works with standard Arabic as well as regional dialects.
She is interested in research related to the assessment of language, testing, TESOL and methods of teaching. She enjoys engaging with students and understands their needs to boost motivation and create fun inside the classroom.
After studying for the Baccalaureat, Marie decided to travel to Ireland and studied there for two years, where she found her love for the English language and culture. Marie studied English, German and Italian at university in England and France and is currently learning Spanish!
Through her experience in Ireland and in England, Marie had the opportunity to see how French was taught in schools. This gave her an enthusiasm for the French language and inspired her to motivate language learners. After graduating from the University of Lyon II Les Lumières with a masters degree in English Language, Marie taught English and French in secondary schools for two years. She later moved to Bristol, where she has been teaching French in secondary schools and to mature students.
Regarding teaching languages, Marie believes that it is important that the teacher is patient and understanding and that the classes are dynamic, passionate and interactive, enabling all learners of French to speak the target language and to learn about French culture.
Victoria Holderied-Milis, PhD, German Tutor & Office Manager
Victoria is a GTC certified qualified secondary teacher with eight years of teaching experience in Germany. In her previous position she taught students aged 15-18 as well as mature students from various levels and backgrounds, offering an introductory level French course designed to prepare German students for their annual extracurricular work placements in France. So, whilst being of Belgian nationality, Victoria acquired advanced proficiency in German and even wrote her PhD thesis in German. Prior to her PhD Victoria successfully acquired an M.A. in Religious Studies and an M.A. in Theology at the University of Leuven (Belgium) as well as an MSc. in Sociology at the University of Bristol. She is currently a part time Teaching Support Assistant for the latter.
Victoria always aims to start the day reading “Der Spiegel” online and listening to Bayern 5 news on the radio. With a family spread over 4 countries, being able to switch fluently between languages is essential. Visiting the family always offers fantastic opportunities like enjoying a proper Beer Garden, a genuine Christmas Market or a concert in a baroque church. There surely are enough reasons to learn German!
Zhao Hsu, Mandarin Chinese Tutor
Zhao graduated from National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences as her first degree, and then she graduated from National Kaohsiung Normal University with a degree in counselling. She also took a course in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language and qualified as a Mandarin teacher in Taiwan.
Zhao is a qualified Mandarin teacher and has over 7 years’ experience teaching at a university in Taiwan, and 3 years tutoring adults and young children at all levels. She also worked as part of a team developing and editing books for Mandarin learners.
She comes from Taiwan; Mandarin is her mother tongue, and she also speaks Taiwanese and Hakka. Because of her background she can teach traditional and simplified characters.
She currently works as a Teacher of Mandarin at the Overseas Chinese Association’s Sunday Chinese-Language School, where she has been teaching for two years.
She loves reading, especially about Chinese and Taiwanese history, she enjoys travelling, sports and cooking Chinese food.
Kate McAllister, English Tutor & Editor
Kate graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA in Spanish Linguistic Studies, specialising in phonetics of English and Spanish, as well as translation into both languages. These skills have proven a vital aid as an English tutor and have influenced her style of teaching, which focuses time to specific elements of pronunciation that can be problematic for learners of English from each individual linguistic background.
Kate first taught English in Spain where she volunteered in a local primary school whilst taking part in her Erasmus year abroad placement at the University of Zaragoza. She then went on to teach adults and young children at a language school in Zaragoza, and during her time in Spain researched minority languages of the Pyrenees. Kate has also studied French, Portuguese and Latin.
Born and bred in Bristol, since finishing university Kate has returned to her favourite city to teach English to its new residents and visitors through one-to-one and group sessions.
Alberto Outeda Martínez, Spanish Tutor & Graphic Designer
Alberto was born in Huelva, Spain. He acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Masters Degree in Secondary Teaching from the University of Seville. As part of an Erasmus programme Alberto completed the final year of his studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Athens, so in addition to speaking Spanish and English, he is also fluent in Modern Greek.
Alberto completed the first year of his PhD with a minor thesis on Art and Education. As he loves languages, he decided to become a language teacher as a good way of connecting both subjects and he hasn’t stopped teaching since.
To learn a language is also to learn about a new culture and a different way of thinking. With this in mind, Alberto encourages his students to construct their understanding of the Spanish language through music, literature and arts.
In his free time he paints and works as a graphic designer.
Marika is a native Italian speaker. She was born in Sicily but lived for 20 years between Turin, Milan and Rome. She knows Italy very well from the North to the South. She has a first degree in History & Philosophy and is also a certified Rome tourist guide. In Italy she had her own bookshop where she taught her own lessons on Italian history, so she knows many documentaries and lectures very well, particularly about Ancient Rome. Furthermore, she has been a tour guide in the city of Rome and is experienced in organizing cultural trips.
In 2012 she moved to the UK where she obtained her second degree, in Italian Teaching & Culture. Marika likes to encourage students to be creative in her lessons so she includes games and some easy preparation of Italian food. With Marika you can talk about the Italian lifestyle, the country’s monuments and history and have fun!
Patrícia Pereira, Portuguese Tutor
Patrícia is a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker. She was born in the biggest city of Brazil, São Paulo. There, she acquired a Law Degree (after finishing her degree, she passed the Brazilian Bar Exam-OAB) and she also has a degree in Environmental Management. Her passion for languages, culture and food led her to backpack around Europe, working on several animal conservation projects. At that point, she started giving private Portuguese tuition and realized that teaching was her dream job and hasn´t stopped since.
She has been teaching (Portuguese and English), translating (she has a few translation certificates plus IOL in General and Science papers) and interpreting for over 6 years now. She also provides interpreting services for the NHS and marks GCSES for OCR (Oxford and Cambridge). She absolutely adores working with languages!
Her other interests are animals, travelling, photography, sports, films, music and cooking!
She believes that to be able to teach others you have to be passionate and motivated yourself. If you have that, the students will have a great time learning a new language and discovering a different culture!
Anna is a native speaker of Russian who recently moved to Bristol. She has two degrees from Saint Petersburg State University: one a specialist degree in teaching Russian as a foreign language and the other a degree in cultural studies.
Anna started her career teaching at the University of Gdansk in Poland. She taught students of all levels from beginners to advanced, in groups and individually. While studying at Saint Petersburg State University Anna gained experience working with international students who were studying Russian there. Upon graduating from University she started to work at “Marines” Language School in Saint Petersburg. This involved teaching general and technical Russian to foreign naval specialists. Whilst working at this language school she also taught individuals and groups privately.
Anna has always believed that learning languages must not only be challenging but also engage interest; at university she worked on a study entitled “Using Games in Language Lessons”. She employs a variety of different techniques in lessons, since she believes that learning through all mediums (speaking, writing, listening and reading) makes mastering a language easier.
Born in Madrid, the Cosmopolitan capital of Spain, Noelia is a fully qualified teacher. Graduated in Primary Education and as a Modern Foreign Language Specialist, she comes to Bristol with a Language Assistant’s scholarship provided by the Goverment of Spain.
Noelia is a passionate Spanish Teacher who works in some local and private schools. She has experience in one to one lessons and teaching groups of different ages and levels. She defends a learning method based in motivation by using enjoyable techniques that help the students to achieve their goals. Classes are mainly delivered in Spanish, as she thinks the best way of acquiring a new language is by getting immersed in the linguistic and cultural atmosphere of that country.
In addition to her love for teaching, Noelia really enjoys learning new skills. Whenever she has spare time she likes to play the ukulele and write short stories for kids in Spanish.
Shiho is a native speaker of Japanese who is also fluent in English. She studied English Literature at Nagoya University. She grew up in Shizuoka prefecture, also home of Mount Fuji. She worked in advertising sales after her degree, but her passion for English language led her to want to learn how to communicate better with people in English.Since then, she has been living in the UK and Japan. She was an assistant teacher teaching English in Japan for a year, and also learned how to teach Japanese to foreigners in Japan at that time.
She has been living in the UK for most of the time since she first came to study English in Devon in 2001 though, and in Bristol for about the last four years. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and interest in the Japanese language. Shiho has been practicing Japanese calligraphy for more than 15 years, and loves travelling and meeting people!
Agnieszka Teixeira-Vaz, Polish Tutor
Agnieszka has recently joined Bristol Language School as a Polish Tutor. Having completed her MA diploma in Sociology, followed by Post-Graduate European Studies, she continued to study English. She was then granted a job as a Language School Manager where she was responsible for teacher training and customer service. She also taught English and Polish as a Foreign Language. Agnieszka moved to Bristol in 2010 and now she cannot imagine living anywhere else.
Agnieszka loves teaching Polish because she has so much respect for people who decide to take it up as a foreign language! She feels really privileged to support her students in this journey and watch them enjoy the effects of our shared efforts.
On a daily basis she works as a Family Support Practitioner at Action for Children. She is also a qualified and experienced translator and interpreter, as well as a proud and active mum of two boys.
Sandra Walter, French & German Tutor
Sandra was born and raised in Switzerland. Bilingual in French and German, she acquired a Master’s Degree in German at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). She then earned her certificate of teaching foreign languages at the University of Firboug (Switzerland). After some years of teaching languages in secondary school, she moved to Bristol in 2012. Currently, she enjoys teaching French and German to adult learners, whilst being a proud and active mum of a two year old daughter.
She has a real passion for languages, using music and everyday conversation as part of her teaching ‘tool kit’. She aims to keep the learning of grammar rules meaningful and accessible. Also, she believes that the key to progress is keeping the students motivated. How could this be better achieved than by having fun, interactive lessons?