Patrick Fitzsimons is a Spanish teacher at the Institute for TY (DELE Escolar A2/B1), 5th year and the 6th year language club (both French and Spanish). He also teaches 3rd year, 5th year and 6th year grinds in the part-time school, as well as running the French debating club. He holds a First Class Honours degree in French and Spanish from University College Dublin and is fully fluent in both, having taught these languages to all levels, from total beginners right up to native speakers. During his time at UCD he received several awards for his outstanding proficiency in each language (Bachelor of Arts Stage 2 Scholarship for Spanish; French Government Medal and NUI Prize for Proficiency in French) and has spent extensive time living and teaching in both France and Spain.
He holds a Secondary PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages from the University of Cambridge, and he received a British Council Teacher Training scholarship to undertake this. As well as French and Spanish, he has also taught German and Italian to intermediate levels.
In addition to his experience correcting for the State Examinations Commission (JC HL French), Patrick has taught at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain), Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris, France) and, most recently, Sunmarke School (Dubai, UAE), teaching many different exam pathways including the GCSE, A Level and International Baccalaureate. He is particularly interested in blended and online learning; during school closures, he pioneered many innovative methods of engaging students in what is inherently a communication-based, interactive subject while remote learning, integrating a wide repertoire of online tools to accelerate the learning of more able students while also supporting weaker students.