Information About Amanda - Lewisham teacher - (17 reviews)
This is how 5 referees rated Amanda:
I am passionate about languages and communication. I got my first degree in Mandarin and am now about to finish a Master's in Applied Linguistics. I love teaching and helping people discover the joy of foreign languages. My working life has been based around language and communication - as a tutor, translator and interpreter.
I have been teaching languages for 25 years, lately online. I teach French, Spanish and Mandarin.
I believe that anyone can learn languages and that it should be a fun and entertaining process, not boring and repetitive. I tailor my courses to each student's individual needs and learning style. I am especially good at building up confidence in people who are struggling or have previously struggled with language learning. I feel that my experience of having had to learn the languages that I teach gives me insights that native speakers don't have, into where the difficulties lie or how to avoid falling into certain traps. But at the end of the day, I am a firm believer in the idea that language learning should be about communication ability, so while I can and do help people pass exams, I also like to help them see the language more holistically and give them the tools to understand and to make themselves understood in the target language.
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- SOAS, London University (1989) - BA Hons Chinese 1st Class (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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Amanda was able to build my sons confidence back up after it had been knocked completely. She is patient, gentle, and flexible.
I highly recommend her as a tutor suitable for anyone of any ability.
She has provided a good recommendation for study aids and makes excellent use of shared documents to progress the lesson.
I can highly recommend Amanda without hesitation.
In comparison to the tutors I've had privately and at school she has surpassed all of them! She is incredibly knowledgeable about the language. The main concern with Mandarin that is prolific, is that it is one of the most difficult languages to learn. Not just because of the character system but mainly because of the tonal system. In our first lesson she crushed this belief in to oblivion along with my concerns. She broke down the basics of the language (compared to English and Japanese) and by the end of it we came to the conclusion that Mandarin was actually EASIER than Japanese!
Amanda is also able and willing to tailor the lessons to the students needs. Most tutors deliver by a certain method they have and do not deviate. She can and will adapt on the fly and you won't even realise it until you've finished the lesson. For me, I'm a very technical person. If you tell me "this means… " I will stop and ask you "WHY?" And if you can't answer that methodically… I'm not coming back. Amanda can and will always stop the lesson to answer your "why".
Her accent is pretty flawless too, due to her studies, her time spent living in China and her job… this too shows in her lessons. She will always correct you immediately which is really good, meaning that you will not develope bad habits early on which would be difficult to correct years down the line.
Most of all, Amanda is funny as . I find myself frequently recalling specifics of the language because I have remembered something that she said in relation to it, which I found humourous. It sounds bizarre but it's essentially mnemonics… But without the ludicrous nature! It's such a relaxed setting which really helps you learn. Not only this but she is beyond dedicated to her teaching. A fantastic example of this was when I asked her if it would be possible to test me on what I had learnt over the first three lessons. On the same day I emailed her she had gotten back to me with a test she had created!
Not only does she teach you, she helps you understand the language… The reasons why and every time I finish the lesson I feel an improvement and continued motivation. She is obviously passionate about the language and I highly recommend Amanda as a teacher. You will not be disappointed at all!