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Daphne Vallas was born in Vichy, France and moved to London after completing her language studies (BA in English Literature). She soon caught the teaching bug after completing her CELTA teaching qualification with Distinction. She went on to qualify as a teacher trainer and led Modern Language Teacher and Trainer training programmes for International House London while holding the post of Head of French Department.

She started as French Lecturer at the University of Westminster in 1994 and went on to also become a course materials developer and in-house teacher trainer for both Polylang and the BA language programmes.

Since then, Daphne has completed further teacher training qualifications (EUROLTA Master Training, 2012) and has become a Language Training Consultant and blogger in residence for Network for Languages. Her role includes consulting on teacher training issues, providing support to novice and experienced teachers and developing teaching and training course materials through the London Schools Excellence Fund. LSEF which is part funded by the Department for Education, has been established by the Mayor to focus on raising the quality of teaching in primary and secondary schools and improving pupils' attainment in core subjects, including languages.

In addition, she is an IH World Organisation school inspector and a CBLC (Cambridge Business Language Competence) examiner.


English Language Teaching Daphne has worked as an English teacher for both International House London and International House Paris.

French Language Teaching Daphne has been a French Lecturer in a wide variety of learning environments. She is currently a French Grade 1and 3 Polylang Lecturer and module leader for French grade 3. She has a wide experience of French for Business in-company teaching and has enjoyed tutoring at Amnesty International, AXA, Oxfam, Save the Children, TOTAL and GLAXO. She has also designed courses and taught French workshops for AS and A2 students as part of the Routes into Languages programme.

Teacher Training and Trainer Training Daphne has extensive experience in the professional training of language teachers and teacher trainers. Throughout her career, she has contributed to the development of French as a Foreign Language (Conference on Task-Based French Language Teaching, IH London Modern Language Conference), in-service French teacher and trainer training courses for IH Geneva and IH Nice. She has also taught the Language Learning: From Theory to Practice module

She is currently a language training consultant on the Network for Languages London Team as part of the London Schools Excellence Fund Project.