Information About Howard - Chepstow teacher - (41 reviews)
This is how 2 referees rated Howard:
Skype tuition only possible, currently, in view of the demand for places. I AM CURRENTLY ONLY PROVIDING FRENCH AND GERMAN TUITION. A former secondary school teacher who has also worked in Industry and Exporting. I graduated from Reading University in 1980 with a B.A. (Hons.) French. As part of my course I spent a year studying at Grenoble University. I make regular visits to both France and Germany for business purposes and pleasure. I also teach German to 'A' Level standard and English as a Foreign Language following a CELTA course at Swansea University in 2004.
I taught French and German at a secondary school in the West Midlands and have been teaching both subjects privately for the past 15 years. Since starting work as a private tutor over 15 years ago many of my students have had excellent results. I used to organise regular visits for French visitors to my region.
I have a relaxed approach to tutoring and have proved that this achieves the best results. I put my students at their ease realising that sometimes learners have a diffident approach to Modern Foreign Languages learning. My oldest student was 94 and my youngest was 6.
Having worked with a wide variety of students I have great experience of the needs of all learners.
I moved to France in July 2011 and although knowing the very basic school learnt French, I really needed to learn more to be able to blend in with the French way of life. I searched the Internet for a relevant French tutor and came across Howard , who was able to tutor me on-line.
I have had twice weekly lessons with Howard for about six months now and can honestly say that he has made my learning fun and memorable! He is patient, knowledgeable and trustworthy. He calms me down and can see when I start to panic. French is not an easy language to grasp, but he is encouraging and finds ways for me to remember certain phrases. I can even converse with my neighbour now, which is just wonderful. Even my husband is amazed how far I have come.
I have told my other British friends here in SW France of his excellent tutoring and they are also finding his teaching methods really helpful and beneficial. I don’t know what I would do without his expertise and help!
Howard has taught me French on-line for the past 4 months and it has really worked for me.
Howard is a great teacher because he teaches what is important to his individual student and adapts the lesson to suit these requirements.
He will start off with the verbs, past and present tenses, etc. etc. but once these have been mastered he will turn the words into sentences that a person would actual use and not just ‘text book french’.
I have, and indeed do, thoroughly enjoy my hours lesson with Howard. He put me at ease from the outset and is, without double, a good teacher. He goes above and beyond trying to fit his schedule around me and that is something I really appreciate.
I would recommend learning French on-line to anyone, and would highly recommend Howard to be the teacher.
Below is some feedback from recent years:
I got an A in my A2 French exam. So happy with my result and I'm going to Manchester University. Thank you so much for all your help, it was definitely a big boost.
Emily, Pontypool ( Tuition via Skype ).
I would not have managed that A in French without your help.
Thank you so much!
Sasha, Caldicot area. French 'A' Level student
I can only say we are delighted with Howard's French Tuition. My daughter was struggling with AS Level French and was achieving 'D' grades. We contacted Howard and arranged weekly Tuition and her confidence and grades increased. On result's day she was delighted with a grade 'B' (particularly as she was only 3 marks off a grade 'A'!) We have now arranged GCSE Tuition with Howard for her sister
Jacqui, The Forest of Dean. ( Tuition via Skype ).
Diya obtained an 'A' in her G.C.S.E. German examination. Thank you very much for all of your assistance.
Parama. ( Tuition via Skype ).
French 'A' Level.
Sam has gained entry to Cardiff University. He was awarded an 'A' in his recent examinations.
Many thanks for all of your help over the past two years.
Sally. ( Tuition via Skype ).
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Additional Languages: Italian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Swansea University (2004) - CELTA course studies (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Reading University (1980) - B.A. (Hons.) French (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Grenoble University (1979) - B.A (Hons.) French (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Reading University (1977) - FUE German & Italian (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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Howard made the hour a comfortable breeze. We was both quite nervous and at times felt a bit silly. But no judgement made, instead just very informative and fun. Looking forward to this weeks lesson!
Keep up the good work, Monsieur , le professeur de Français.
Rebecca et Paul
Meilleurs souhaits, ( Best wishes ).
Howard, le prof de Français.
Would highly recpommend Howard at a much higher level than mine although he is very patient with me.
He's a great teacher, very patient and an excellent communicator but he's also a great person.
Thank you for your help.
I intend to continue using him.
Well done Howard.
I was seeking tuition for my two daughters age 11 and 12. The purpose of the tuition was to improve their confidence in French prior to attending a French school.
Howard has interacted with both the girls making the learning fun when visiting our house. He has also provided tuition via Skype giving additional support. Going forward we will be continuing with Skype tuition.
In addition Howard also helped with liaison with the French school.
We would recommend Howard.