Information About Solenne - Catterick Garrison teacher - (18 reviews)
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Solenne offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!
Hello, my name is Solenne. I am a French native speaker and I have been living in the UK since 2013.
Holder of a Master’s degree (universities of Paris La Sorbonne and René Descartes), my education also includes the DAEFLE of the Alliance Française de Paris (Teaching French as a Foreign Language Advanced Diploma) awarded with honours in 2014.
I offer tailor-made French courses as a reliable, qualified and patient tutor to students of different ages, levels and nationalities.
Whether you are:
- a student taking a degree in French and needing confidence for your exam,
- a professional willing to have a proper conversation with your French colleagues or clients,
- or an adult learner with a passion for languages and wishing to brush up your French,
I will pay close attention to your objectives and I will help you to achieve your language goals.
I have an updated French Police Check and DBS Check.
There are times when advance notification is not possible and I am willing to adapt myself as much as possible to students who face circumstances beyond their control.
However, I require a minimum cancellation period prior to a lesson.
- If I am not notified (by phone or by email) of a cancellation 48 hours prior to the session, I will fully charge the amount of the session.
- In case my student(s) and I can find another convenient time slot within the week, the lesson will be postponed and will not be charged.
If you contact me prior to this window, thank you for your courtesy!
This is my sixth year as a French as a Second/Foreign Language (FLE) full-time Tutor. I feel equally comfortable with beginners, intermediate or advanced learners. I am also a French language Instructor and Assessor for the british Ministry of Defence (MoD) and a Tutor for the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Tutoring is not just guiding students through their learning but also giving them confidence and enabling them to experience lessons in a relaxed, friendly and yet result-oriented way. That is why I tailor my lessons to the students` needs and pace (one-to-one or small group tutoring on request), in order to teach French language effectively as well as to raise awareness to the French culture.
My approach is action-oriented, based on the ability of students to communicate (speak / listen / read / write) in real life - authentic or semi-authentic - situations, according to the Common European Framework of references for Languages (CEFR).
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Additional Languages: English (British), German
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Alliance Française de Paris IDF (2014) - DAEFLE (Teaching French as a Foreign Language Advanced Diploma) (Professional) (✔ On File)
- Université Paris René Descartes (2005) - MASTER 2 in Publishing and Written Communication (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of Texas at Austin (USA) (2001) - Exchange Progrgamme (Other) (✔ On File)
- Université Paris La Sorbonne (2001) - MASTER 1 in Institutional Communication (Masters) (✔ On File)
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It is clear that Solenne genuinely cares about her students and I would 100% recommend her to anyone wishing to learn or improve their French!!!
First of all, Solenne has fantastic work ethics: she is well-organized, responsible and responsive. Secondly, Solenne is a tutor who genuinely cares about her students' progress: she will work with you to find the best possible approach in your particular case and to set the goals that will be both challenging and achievable. Third, chances are that, should you be willing to, you will learn much more than just the French language from her. The readings Solenne assigned to my daughter and their ensuing discussions helped to broaden my daughter's horizons, as well as improving her critical thinking and ability to argue her position.
All in all, Solenne has so much to offer! She is a fantastic tutor, and I recommend her wholeheartedly.
Solenne impressed me from the get go, she asked me in detail about my French and language learning history in general and my purpose and goal of learning French. She then gave a very professional introduction about her teaching approach and methodology for a learner learning for interest while we were still communicating through the platform. Skeptical as I was in the beginning, I went and first tried with a different tutor who had a lower charge out rate, since I am a beginner learner who is only learning for interest. After two sessions, I realized that it didn’t suit me, as there wasn’t a methodological structure to follow, and I was learning random words and phrases. I immediately reached back out to Solenne.
Since then, I’ve been learning French with Solenne for about three months now. And here’s a typical breakdown of our 1.5 hour session: we would first start by going through the mistakes I made and questions I had in the homeworks (yes she gives homework! The only way to progress), followed by a 15-20 minutes conversation in French where I try to answer and ask questions with everything I’ve learnt (along with made-up words by me lol). We would then move on to learning some new content, covering some new topics, knowledge points, listening materials, vocabulary package, grammatical/sentence structures (not all in one go!), in the end a quick recap and homework. Solenne would always be very patient with me, and encourages me to express myself in French freely even though I have doubts about sentence structures/words. I find listening particularly challenging, she would always encourage me to grasp key words first, and the essence of the content next, which largely helps me overcome my fear for listening materials. She would also takes care to note down the parts I struggle with, and would help me practice these areas through different activities, this helps me to develop a upward spiral learning pattern.
What truly makes Solenne stand out as a tutor, is her care for all her students (she calls her students as her children haha). She would listen to your needs and goals, and develops a tailored approach for each of her students to cater to everyone’s learning goal/speed. I find it astonishing that she always knows where we’ve left things off and what I’ve struggled with before. I would highly recommend Solenne to anyone who is looking to learn French and truly wish to actually being able to speak and communicate freely at the end of the day. A truly remarkable tutor!
Massive thank you and good luck with your future endeavours!
Thanks, Solenne and hopefully see you soon to restart my french learning. First class service.
Unfortunately, my domestic situation has thrown a spanner in the works and I have had to postpone lessons until the New Year. I am confident that Solenne will provide me with thorough instruction in a relaxed atmosphere at her kitchen table - with a cup of tea.
She has devised a structured programme with links to written materials and practise exercises.