WHO ARE WE?

CAROLINE HÄKKINEN

Born in Nottingham, I graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in French and Italian. This included a year at the University of Grenoble in France.

After working in the City of London and Shrewsbury, I married Seppo and moved to Helsinki, where I worked for the United Nations WIDER institute for five years, studied the Finnish language in my spare time, and taught English to Finnish friends.

We moved back to the UK in 1992, and I worked as European Officer at Warwickshire County Council, before relocating to Hannover, Germany, for my husband’s job. There I was involved in teaching conversational English as a member of the International Womens’ Association of Hannover, as well as studying the German language.

After moving back to Leicestershire in 2001, I decided I would like to continue teaching languages, and gained my Certificate in Further Education Teaching in 2005. After teaching at local colleges for three years, in 2007 I decided to set up my own teaching business. Since then I have taught classes in French, Italian and German, from Beginner to Advanced level. Some of my groups have been running for up to 7 years, and many students have become good friends.

As a student of four European languages, two of them as an adult, I know just what it’s like to get to grips with grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary.

When not teaching languages, I enjoy karate and hillwalking.

SEPPO HÄKKINEN

Seppo was born in Sivakka in north-east Finland, and attended the University of Oulu, gaining an MSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Seppo has worked for major engineering and automotive companies in Finland, the UK and Germany. In 2001, after leaving Volkswagen, he set up his own telemetry business in Finland and the UK.

Seppo is multilingual, speaking fluent English, German and Swedish as well as his native Finnish.

His hobbies are photography and hillwalking.