Information About Heather - Torquay teacher - (4 reviews)
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I'm a qualified teacher of Modern Foreign Languages with an Honours degree in French with German from Durham University and a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate of Education) from Cambridge University. I have lived in both France and Germany, where I laid down good conversational levels on top of sound academic knowledge of the languages.
I have taught Modern Foreign Languages, and whilst abroad, and subsequently back in the UK, taught EFL (English as a Foreign Language), now generally referred to as ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).
Raising my children, I kept involved in educational matters.
I enjoy meeting and getting along with people.
I am familiar with state and independent schools, having taught French and German in both, up to and including A-Level. I have kept up with more recent curricular and syllabus changes while seeing my children through school and onward to university, including application processes involved in some of the more highly competitive fields of Higher Education/ career training.
I have taught in a wide range of well-reputed language schools and in the FE and Adult Learning sectors. My varied experience includes preparation for most of the recognised exams and Academic as well as Business English.
I have been an IELTS examiner and conducted and assessed City & Guild exams.
I also offer French and German courses to adult learners who wish to make some preparation for work assignments or holidays, or to boost their general interest. I have taught languages to staff and apprentices in businesses.
I can assist with Basic (English) Skills and Literacy.
I see a teacher as a facilitator and motivator. Teaching material depends on the student's individual requirements. Basics can be taught and require the student's application to learn them, but the learning 'comes alive' when students try out and 'manipulate' the particular features of language for themselves, whether it's through written exercises or a spoken exchange like role-play.
And for this, they need, as we all do, their confidence built up through clear and reinforced explanation, encouragement and praise. My pleasure is in seeing them overcome stumbling blocks and 'get it'.
In other words, a 'can do' environment.
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Additional Languages: French, German
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (daytime)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Bavarian 'Volkshochschule' (Adult Education Association) (1986) - Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (Professional) (✔ On File)
- University of Cambridge (1983) - PGCE (in Modern Languages) (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- University of Durham (1981) - B.A. (Hons) (French/German) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Bury Grammar School for Girls (1977) - 8 O Levels (inc. English & Maths); 3 A Levels (School) (✔ On File)
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