I am a French native speaker. I was trained as a translator in English, French and German, which I also speak fluently. I have been working for the past 10 years mainly as a French teacher and private tutor. Prior to that I was an international conference organiser, using my language skills on a daily basis.
Throughout the years I have been teaching French both to adults (beginners and advanced level) and local students for their GCSE, IGCSE and A-levels.
I have a lot of experience tutoring students who are taking their GCSE, IGCSE and A-levels. I have worked with most examination boards: AQA, CIE, Edexcel and OCR. I have successfully tutored students from The London Oratory School, Tiffin's Girls in Kingston, Kingston Grammar, Guildford High for girls, Coombe Girls, Nonsuch High school for Girls, Wilson's school for Boys in Sutton, Cheam High, to name but a few.
I also tutor adults from beginners to more advanced levels as I have trained as a Modern Foreign Language tutor at the City Lit and was awarded the PTLLS. I run adult groups too which are a fun and relaxed way to learn, so if you and a group of friends are keen, I am happy to organise one of those too.
Depending on the level and expectations of both tutees and parents, I will adapt the style of lessons.
To prepare students for their GCSE, IGCSE or A-level I will first test their knowledge of the French grammar structures and the extend of their vocabulary. I'll try to follow as much as possible what is done in the classroom if the child already has French at school. I favour repetition through exercises when it comes to grammar and I use French texts to point out "real life" examples of their use.
Being French and having been educated in French schools, I'm also happy to teach French children and to work on improving their French, i.e correcting their spelling, grammar, or introduce French literature to older students if they want. Their "mistakes" are different from those an English student would make and you need someone who's been there and is French like them to override those issues.
I can also create lessons for a special objective like spending holidays in France with friends and family: we'll then concentrate on specific vocabulary and situations.
For adults: there again it all depends what you expect from those lessons. Do you already have some prior knowledge of the language or not? Do you have some specific objectives like buying a house in France or spending your holidays there? I'll adapt to your needs. We may most likely concentrate on vocabulary and situations and include grammar in as we go along.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|St Mary's University||2016||QTS||QTS Primary teacher|
|City Lit, Covent Garden, London||2012||Professional||PTLLS|
|Université d'Aix-en-Provence, France||1999||Bachelors||Maitrise LEA|
|Thames Valley University, Ealing, UK||1997||Bachelors||BA in Applied languages|
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