West Oxford Lingotot Centre

West Oxford Lingotot Centre

Ciao! Bonjour! Hola!

Welcome to Lingotot West Oxford! My name's Catherine and I live on the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire border in the village of Upper Rissington.  I live with my partner, Piero, and our two gorgeous terrors, Chiara (5.5) and Alberto (3.5).  My love affair with languages began at a young age....one of my favourite memories from my primary school was putting together a French scrapbook and labouring for hours over translating words with my enormous dictionary! Not much has changed, I love a scrapbook and a dictionary!

Childhood holidays were always spent in France, Spain and Italy with my parents encouraging my brother and I to practise the few words we knew in the local boulangerie.  That was the start for me and I was hooked.  When university came round I jumped at the chance to continue my passion and chose to study French and Italian spending time living overseas in both countries.

Following university I embarked on a round the world adventure combining languages and travel, my two greatest loves.  On return I spent 16 years working in the world of travel, including a period of nearly four years living in Sardinia where I taught English to children, teenaagers and adults.  This was my first experience of teaching languages and I delighted in helping others learn to communicate and express themselves in a different language.  There is little else that gives me greater reward than someone starting a course with no knowledge, and finishing the course able to have a conversation!  Returning to the UK to start a family I returned to the travel industry before Covid 19 struck and changed all of our lives immeasurably. 

That's when my journey with Lingotot began as I quickly realised I could combine my love of languages with my love of teaching, bringing this passion to children from such a young age is a dream for me.  Watching my own children pick up new words in French and Italian is a joy that I can now pass onto other families.

Lingotot West Oxford offers French, Italian and Spanish lessons in a variety of settings across West Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds - community classes, nurseries and preschools, KS1 and KS2 provision in schools alongside lunch and after school clubs.  I am also extremely excited to be bringing much loved language based forest schools and holiday clubs to the area so please keep an eye on my page and socials for details! Lessons are fun, dynamic and extremely interactive packed full of songs, drama, stories, crafts and games almost entirely delivered in the target language. 

For more information please get in touch on westoxford@lingotot.com and I look forward to seeing you all in class soon!

A presto



  • From parents

Fabulous camps, outstanding organisation and communication

May I just say, my daughter A had the most fantastic time at French Camp. Despite her vehement protestations that she did not want to go ahead of Day 1, as well as being as stroppy as a seven year old can be, when I said ahead of day 2, “shall we just stay at home tomorrow then?” (my attempt at reverse psychology), she responded with a resounding “noooooooooooo, I had “a little bit of fun mummy”, which translates to I had a bloody amazing time and if I don’t go back I’ll have a tantrum!!!!! Thank you so very much. She’s had the best time ever, you truly have entertained and kept the children happy and from my group of friends (between us we have 5 kids with you), the feedback is nothing but positive. Keep up the great work……A’s asking if she can attend the Italian Camp if her best friend can attend at the same time too……need I say more? Thank you again for keeping our kids safe, happy and entertained, I couldn’t recommend your camp more, totally fabulous and a bargain at the price. Keep up the good work! As a parent, you are a gift. Absolutely everyone loved it and so appreciated how organised you’ve been, with amazing communication before, during and after each day. It’s the best communication any of us have experienced so you are doing an amazing job. Please do think about doing camps for slightly older kids…….I need you next summer…….and the one after that…… and the one after that ……. 😆 

Geena, mum to A, aged 7

Superb camps with lovely personal touches

Catherine’s holiday camps are just superb. My son came back every day super chatty and excited to tell me about all things he’d been up to and the new friends he’d made. Her personal and caring touch really makes a difference. Highly recommend!

Sharday, mum to Elijah aged five

The perfect post lockdown Easter holiday camp - thank you!

From the first time I contacted Catherine back in early March, she provided a detailed outline and answered any questions relating to the Easter Camp, we were moving to the area and decided a camp would be a good ice breaker for our 6.5 year old inducting her to children in the area.

When we walked through the gates for the first time on a snowy Monday morning, Ella was made welcome and at ease, she came home later that day with a massive smile on her face and very enthusiastic about returning the following day.  The classes were interactive and fun, the children danced, sung, played, crafted, explored in the nearby woods, participated in team challenges and learnt Italian along the way.

Each evening Catherine provided daily updates and videos/photos, the happiness on the children’s faces is priceless, they were relaxed, smiling, laughing and enjoying each others company, long overdue after being in lockdown during a pandemic.

I cannot recommend Lingotot West Oxford enough, each day was well planned with different activities.

Mel, mum to Ella, 6.5

Zoom lessons can be fun!

Catherine that was brilliant!! We have a very reluctant zoomer and it takes every ounce of energy to keep her engaged (or at least on screen) for some of her school zooms.  But she LOVED your class.. fun and energetic!! Just shows that learning comes alive when it's done with passion and fun.  Grace felt included, praised and feels proud of herself with no tears whatsoever.  A first this lockdown after a zoom session. 

Emily, mum to Grace, aged 4.5

Contact West Oxford

Tel: 0845 680 8148
Email: westoxford@lingotot.com
Twitter @west_lingotot
Instagram @lingototwestoxford

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