Information About Nicola - Kilmarnock teacher - (2 reviews)
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I am 28 years old and I live in Prestwick in Ayrshire. I have studied French for 13 years and have a great passion for the language. I enjoy began tutoring children last year and really enjoyed helping four pupils of Standard Grade and Higher level improve their capabilities in French. I am now looking to attain my PDGE teaching qualification to become a fully qualified French teacher so that I may continue to help children improve their understanding of the language.
I have taught at a private school in Chantilly for a period of one year. I have also tutored children at both standard grade and higher level for the school session 08/09. I am looking to complete a certificate in education this year and also to complete my PDGE secondary school training next year.
I feel that the most important thing when teaching pupils to understand a language is to use the language as much as possible. Therefore during the lessons, I prefer to encourage my pupils to speak French as often as possible. I do emphasise however that every pupil is different and that if a child has difficulty in understanding the conversation or feels uncomfortable then I will speak in English with them instead. Although learning is important, it is equally essential that the knowledge is acquired at a pace and in a manner the child is completely comfortable with.
As I am not fully qualified as a teacher at the moment, i work in conjunction with a fully qualified teacher to ensure that I am tutoring in accordance with the syllabus for the level which each pupil is currently working towards.
Before beginning a course of lessons with me, I ask that all pupils arrange a dossier of work for me. I would ask them to photocopy pages in their jotter or work book showing exercises they feel they have difficulty with. I would also ask them to make a list in their own words of the things they struggle with and why they find it difficult as well as the things they enjoy about the language. Finally I would ask them to prepare a hundred words in French about themselves. I would ask them to complete this without any help whatsoever, including the use of a dictionary. This dossier would then be sent to me by post a week in advance of our first lesson.
I would also offer the option to take up contact with the child's own language teacher, via phone or e-mail as preferred, simply to allow me to ensure that we are working on areas of the language which the child has most difficulty with and also to aid me to measure their progress.
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- Glasgow University (2007) - M.A honours in French Language and Literature (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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I highly recommend her!
Many thanks for the support you are giving Sarah with her french - I know she is really valuing your efforts and has certainly gained more confidence.