Alumni – Eleanor Cooke
English 31 played a crucial part in my education from primary school right through to OIB. The section helped me in so many different ways, from supporting me as a disoriented little girl settling into life in France, to giving me all the chances for success in my final exams. It allowed me to gain important skills for my university career and gave me the chance to explore English literature and history in depth. The experiences that I had in my ten years at English 31 have stayed with me through higher education: I attribute my writing, analysis and speaking skills to the brilliant teaching that I received there. Now I am in the final year of a degree in English literature and Italian at the University of Leeds. After two years of continuing my love of literature by studying poetry and prose in two languages, I spent a year abroad teaching English in the South of Italy. As graduation approaches, I’m hoping to start a career in which I can use my language skills, possibly returning to Toulouse, which thanks to English 31, feels like my home city.