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Beginner £34.50
Intermediate £34.50
Advanced £34.50
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Learn French with a full-time French-teaching professional

Bonjour, I have a degree in Law and French (the 3rd year of which I spent in France) and am passionate about the country. Whether you'd like to learn her wonderful language for school, work or holidays, I can help.

There are lots of tutors out there, so why choose me?

1) I don't teach anything else

Unlike some other tutors out there, I don't believe in being a "Jack of all trades" and offering to teach you any one of a range of different subjects. Although I also speak conversational Italian and Spanish (and could offer to teach you these as well), I prefer to focus on just one subject. As French is ALL I teach, I can concentrate on giving you the best learning experience possible.

2) I can teach ANY LEVEL

Having studied French to degree level (including studying the finer points of French criminal law in French during my year abroad), I can help you with everything: from ordering a meal to when you should -and should not- use the imperfect subjunctive.

3) Free introductory, "no obligation" 30-minute chat

If you'd like to discuss what you'd like to achieve from our lessons and find out a bit more about my teaching style before committing yourself, I'd be more than happy to chat things over with you for half an hour or so. If you don't want to proceed afterwards, that's absolutely fine. So what have you got to lose?

4) A passion for "la France" and "le français"

I haven't counted, but between family holidays, school exchanges, the year in Nantes during my degree, cycling trips in Brittany, Normandy, Charente, Aquitaine and the Loire, canoeing in the Ardèche, and even a Provençal wedding - not my own, alas - I've probably been to France at least once for every year of my life. And as I've recently turned 40, that's a lot of visits! So if you're looking for things to do anywhere from Lille to Carcassonne, or St Malo to Marseille, I'm your "homme"…

Teaching Experience:

1 year private English tuition during my year abroad in France.

3 months' French and English teaching in Costa Rica.

Since April 2013: FULL-TIME private French tuition (including to GCSE and A Level) and group classes across all levels in Ringwood, Bournemouth and surrounding areas.

Teaching Approach:

I believe teaching of any subject, and especially languages, is most effective when it is:

- simple;
- logical; and
- (most importantly of all) enjoyable.

As paradoxical as it may seem (in the context of a foreign language), my approach to teaching French emphasises the "head start" that English-speakers have when it comes to learning French. For example, around 40% of French words are exactly the same as in English, and the ways in which we use tenses (to refer to past, present, future and possible events) are very similar to those of our continental cousins.

You didn't learn English from wading through reams of unfamiliar material and trying to memorise obscure verb endings (which you may have had to endure at school). You learnt by making connections, practising, making mistakes, and moving from A to B, to C in small, easy-to-manage steps. This is how I teach French.

Unlike some "new fangled" teachers out there, though, I don't believe that you can disregard grammar. It is the "glue" of any language, and without it, you will struggle to be able to construct sentences "on the fly" and express yourself properly. Don't worry, though: any new concepts will be explained clearly, patiently and only to the extent necessary to make your "real-life" exchanges with French-speakers more successful and enjoyable.

Of the 4 fundamental language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), those which, in my experience, English speakers most struggle with are the verbal elements (speaking and listening), and so I place a particular emphasis on my students developing them. After all, having a successful conversation with a native speaker -maybe enjoying a little joke in the process- is perhaps the greatest reward for learning any language, n'est-ce pas?

A lot of my teaching is done online, via Skype. As a result, I am available to teach you practically wherever you are located (in the UK or beyond).

If on the other hand, you’d prefer face-to-face teaching, that’s no problem either. Lessons can take place at either my home, or yours. I am happy to travel within a 3 mile radius of Ringwood, Hampshire at no extra charge. For appointments outside this radius, I charge a fixed fee depending on the distance from my home in Verwood.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or would like further information. Merci!

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • University of Wales Cardiff (2000) - LLB in Law and French (2:1) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Bournemouth School (1996) - A Level (A grade) (School) (✔ On File)

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