ABOUT KITTY

I am an avid language learner, a passionate language teacher and an experienced textbook author. I live and breathe languages and have been referred to as an ‘education junkie’. My academic background is in English literature and linguistics (BA), language teaching and development (MA), educational technology (MSc) and education for sustainable development. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chinese.

I come from a tiny town in the Dutch countryside, but have always been intrigued by foreign languages and cultures. After obtaining my degrees in English and applied linguistics, I worked as a secondary English teacher in the Netherlands. However, I moved to Spain in 2016 when I started working remotely for Dutch educational publishers. Eager to learn more about educational technology, I moved to Belgium in 2018 to pursue another master’s degree at KU Leuven. I now live in Switzerland, working remotely as a language teacher and educational content developer. Although I no longer live in the Netherlands, I regularly travel home for work, and to see family and friends.

Languages

Kitty speaks Dutch (native), English (C2), German (C1), Spanish (C1), French (B2), Dutch Low Saxon (B2), Italian (B1), Portuguese (A2) and Mandarin Chinese (A2).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016 - present: Kitty de Vries Language Education

  • 2021 - present : Private Teacher of English and Dutch | Educational Content Developer
    2019 - 2020 : Freelance E-learning Author English for Academic and Business Purposes for Hogeschooltaal
  • 2016 - 2019 : Freelance ESL Textbook Author of All Right! for Malmberg
  • 2016 - 2017 : Freelance Corporate Trainer and Translator for Eagle Productivity Solutions
  • 2016 - 2017 : Freelance Educational Author and Editor for Diaplus

2015 - 2016 : IB English Teacher in Training, Maartenscollege Haren
2014 - 2014 : English Teacher in Training, Rijnlands Lyceum Sassenheim
2012 - 2016 : Private Teacher of English, Dutch and French

EDUCATION

2021 - present : BA Chinese, Dalarna University
2018 - 2020 : MA Education for Sustainable Development, Gothenburg University
2018 - 2019 : MSc Digital Humanities - Educational Technology (with Great Distinction), KU Leuven
2015 - 2016 : Teacher Training, University of Groningen
2013 - 2014 : MA Applied Linguistics - TEFL, University of Groningen
2010 - 2013 : BA English Language and Culture, University of Groningen

  • Minors: Italian Proficiency (B1), Multilingualism, Medieval & Renaissance Studies

2009 - 2010 : BA Romance Languages and Cultures - French, University of Groningen

CERTIFICATES

2021 : Goethe C1 German (score: 88/100)
2018 : ToEFL iBT C2 English (score: 117/120)

PORTFOLIO

Hogeschooltaal Engels - Writing Skills (Noordhoff)
All Right! Max Online 3 vwo / gymnasium (Malmberg)
All Right! Max Online 3 havo (Malmberg)
All Right! Max Online 2 havo / vwo (Malmberg)
All Right! Max Online 2 vmbo-t / havo (Malmberg)
All Right! Max Online 1 vmbo-t / havo (Malmberg)
Diaplus Engels - Tekstenlab (Diataal)