Information About Osla - Newcastle teacher - (1 review)
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I am a 34 year old Brit who grew up in the UK (Durham) but I have lived in the French speaking Caribbean and have a BA Hons in French and I have also spent the last 7 years living in Berlin. My German and French conversation are both near fluent, and having translated and dealt with language at business level I have a good understanding of more complicated German. Having studied both subjects at university level, I am aware of the level required at university.
I do believe though, that having fun with the language and using it conversationally to be the most beneficial to language learning and having taught English as a foreign language I have a wide range of experience in language games and fun activities to learn the language, and as a musician and theatre director, enjoy using music and drama as creative tools in language.learning.
I have been working with young people and children for over 15 years: starting at age 15 leading groups of children in nature centre and playing various drama and nature-related games with them. I worked as a private tutor during my time at Leeds university and in my year abroad in the Caribbean, started teaching English as a foreign language, which I continued after my studies in Berlin, and have worked for Berlitz language school as an English teacher and counsellor for the past 6 years, where I also led workshops in various activities and sports, including songwriting and theatre. I have also led a choir.
Earlier this year, I completed a TEFL course, with specific training on one to one lessons where I gained more ideas about fun activities in learning a second language.
I believe it is especially important with language learning for children and young people to see a reason to learn the language: the quickest way is of course immersion: to go to a country, make friends there and have to learn the language- a process which is accelerated if the learner has a friend there they want to communicate with.
In the absence of this, there has to be some connection between the learner and the target language- so where possible I try to find out what the child's interests are and tailor language learning around this (e.g. in a class in which all the boys, loved computer games we designed a real life computer game together) so that they can have fun learning the language. With tutoring, there has to of course be some concentrated grammar learning, which I am of course happy to do but most importantly with practice of the language itself, the grammar start to become second nature.
Additional Languages: French, German
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Cambridge (2013) - TEFL (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Leeds (2006) - French (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Nottingham- 1 year (2001) - German and Philosphy (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Barnard Castle School (2000) - German and French A-levels (College) (✘ Not On File)
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