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Hannah Wilkinson

Founder of Virtually Fluent

Hannah Wilkinson

Experience

2018 - Present

Founded Virtually Fluent Ltd.

I decided to create my own company to teach English using modern technology.  This gives more people the opportunity to learn English at their own pace and at a time that suits their schedule and to easily connect to other English learners.

I have combined my business skills and knowledge from my university degrees and my teaching expertise to build this educational company.

2016-2018

Teacher of English in Barcelona, Spain

I’ve worked as an English teacher in many schools, language academies and businesses, teaching English to all levels, all ages and in completely ranging industries.  I’ve taught in the media, logistics, legal, construction and automotive industries to employees, managers, directors and C-suite members.

2014-2015

Teacher of English in Bamberg, Germany

My first teaching experience was in Germany where I taught small and individual conversational English classes. 

Education

2017-2018

MA Integral Logistics, Operations Management and Supply Chain Management

INSA Business School, Spain

Thesis: The impact of virtual education on students learning English as a foreign language.

2016

Trinity CertTESOL Teaching Qualification Spain

Oxford House, Spain

2012-2015

MA International Business Management with Languages

Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Otto-Friedrich Universität, Germany

I’m from the United Kingdom and grew up in the countryside of North Yorkshire as “a Yorkshire lass” (as the locals would say). I spent my childhood surrounded by my mum, dad, grandmother, younger sister Flo, and two labradors. 

At the age of 11, I decided to start as a full-boarder at a girl’s boarding school in York and it was here that my love for languages began. I had the opportunity to learn French, German and the basics of Italian and I loved every minute from my first language class right through to the last. I decided to pursue my languages and, in 2012, I was accepted to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh where I chose to study International Business Management with Languages.

As part of the Erasmus programme, I was able to spend my third year of university living and studying in Germany. I was accepted to Otto Friedrich University in Bamberg and was excited to be able to put my 8 years’ worth of German language to the test. My experience in Germany changed my life. I met my partner, Germán, and I took on my first “job” as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher. Being a native English speaker, many people simply wanted to practise their English with me. 

I returned to Edinburgh for my final year of university and decided to put all my effort into becoming an EFL teacher. At the same time, I was living in a long-distance relationship with my partner, who had returned to Mexico for his final year of university. He is a native Spanish speaker, so I started to pick up a few words and phrases in Spanish. These things combined together (and the prospect of sun all year round) drew me towards an EFL qualification course in Barcelona. 

After graduating from Edinburgh, I booked a flight to Barcelona and that’s when my life as an EFL teacher began. I passed my teaching course, received my qualification, took specialised courses in teaching Business English and teaching young learners and, shortly after, accepted my first job as an EFL teacher. My partner moved out to Barcelona when he finished his university degree and we started our life together in Spain. 

It was during my time in Barcelona, that I decided to set up my company. And after almost 3 amazing years in Barcelona, we recently returned to the UK where I now work full-time as managing director of Virtually Fluent. I live in Winchester with Germán and two rabbits. 

I can’t wait to continue helping others learn English and I’m excited to keep adapting my courses to make language learning beneficial and time-efficient for EFL teachers and all our learners.