Leeds teacher’s going global with her language lessons

Starr Green, language teacher at Bruntcliffe High School, with one of her website pages and her GCSE french class.
Starr Green, language teacher at Bruntcliffe High School, with one of her website pages and her GCSE french class.
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A teacher at a Leeds school is passing on language skills to millions of students.

Her skills are being watched and listened to via a virtual classroom.

Starr Green’s lesson plans and helpful hints on the art of learning French and Spanish go way beyond her home ground at Morley’s Bruntcliffe High School – thanks to a website she appears on and which is run by the Times Educational Supplement.

Her work is among the most highly-rated on the TES resources facility, which currently allows almost two million members from all over the world to share their teaching expertise with each other.

Under the username ‘Rosaespanola’ Starr has posted more than 700 lesson plans and tasks online which aim to make languages more accessible to students wherever they are learning languages.

To date they have been downloaded by teachers more than half a million times in almost 150 countries in every corner of the globe.

And the 32-year-old teacher, who studied French and philosophy at Sheffield University, has now been nominated for a TES award as the best online contributor.

Starr, who has been at Bruntcliffe High School for six years, said: ”It is pretty amazing. I would never have expected so many people to have downloaded my ideas.”

Her ideas have been used by languages staff right across the globe ranging from China to the Central African Republic.

She has also been chosen to work on the website’s secondary languages panel, which helps teachers to talk about current issues in education and work together on interesting projects and share guidance and offer support.

She added: “The website is an absolutely fantastic way for teachers to share their knowledge and hard work.

“No one has time to develop all of their own resources - especially in my school where we don’t use textbooks. And sometimes you just need some ideas.”

Starr first started using the website while training to be a teacher at Leeds University. She recommends it to all the student teachers she works with.

One of her most popular ‘hits’ is an on-line brochure based on the Harry Potter books and films which tells the tale of Hogwarts in French.