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Annie offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!


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GCSE £18.00
A-Level £22.00
Casual Learner £16.00

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I am a native French speaker. I have a DEUG in English and American Literature ( similar level to a BA in England) from Brest University in Brittany. I successfully completed the course PTLLS ( Preparing To Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) (Level 4) in Strode College,Somerset. I can show my qualifications on request. I am very passionate about French, English and American literature. I have been tutoring mostly adults and teenagers full-time for over three years now. Some of my students study Madame Bovary in depth in French with me for their A-level and I enjoy seeing them improve both written and spoken French. I speak a good level of English. I am patient and encouraging. I consider myself non-judgemental with regards to the varying abilities of my students. My method is easy, quick, fun and based on repetition. What matters to me is that students transform themselves and are proud of themselves as they see that they have progressed. Here are some testimonials from some of my students:
Anne from Wales: "I would highly recommend Annie as a tutor to anyone learning French. She really knows her stuff – not just as a native French speaker but as a teacher who is tuned in to where a learner has problems and knowledge gaps. She is very helpful in supplying the information that you don’t get in the textbooks and in providing insights into both written and spoken French. Add to that friendliness and a sense of humour and you have everything you could ask for in an expert language tutor".
Kate from Blagdon:
"Annie has a natural talent for teaching her native tongue. However, she backs this up with a useful knowledge of grammatical terms and rules, whilst also ensuring that the student is 'au fait' with colloquial French, both spoken and written. She has a knack of emphasizing the positive and endless patience when it comes to ensuring that the student has fully understood the point, as well as forgiving when s/he has (I have) forgotten it once again! Annie is both reasonable and flexible with a warm personality and a nice sense of humour. I have not a moment's hesitation in recommending that she become your French teacher if you are based in or near Glastonbury."
Also Rosie frоm Wells, Somerset tells us: " Annie is а very gооd French teаcher, she is kind, smаrt, pаtient аnd аbоve аll French. My French hаs imprоved just аfter а few lessоns аnd I reаlly lооk fоrwаrd tо оur next sessiоn tоgether". David from Bridgwater, Somerset:" Annie is a good teacher. We covered speaking, listening, reading in French. This was very useful to me. As I was very busy, we did not do a lot of writing. In the few sessions I had with Annie, I learnt a lot. Annie is patient and kind."
I have read works by Geoff Petty such as Teaching Today and Evidence Based Teaching. Learning a language is about falling in love with it, for me it happened through literature, through reading American and English classics in the original version."Why read Shakespeare in French when you can read his works in English no matter how hard it can be sometimes?" Obviously I understand that some students may want or need another approach than the one I had as a teenager. I am presently brushing up on my Spanish therefore I know what it takes to learn or relearn a language!

Tutoring Experience:

My experience involves working with adult and teenage students. I have been a full-time tutor for more than three years now in Somerset. I have been helping adult students wanting to move to France, A level Students focusing on novels such as Mme Bovary, GCSE students and adult beginner and intermediate as well as advanced students. I have worked in America, Seattle, for The Alliance Française in addition to being a part-time private tutor. I also worked as a part-time private tutor while living in Wales ( 2004-2008).My sessions are tailored to the specific needs of students such as someone needing to speak French for work. I help students prepare for their GCSE and A-Level. This may involve explaining from scratch the main points of grammar and guiding their pronunciation so students can perform better for oral and listening exams… I am comfortable with teenagers and like to encourage them. From June 2014 until the end of school year 2015, I have helped Strode college students study the novel Madame Bovary in depth during weekly sessions. This is in preparation for the entry to University. This involves sessions where I prepare questions in French for my students. I expect students to prepare answers in French. We discuss in French the style of the novelist, the main themes, the protagonists, the plot etc. I spend time carefully preparing sessions with the view of increasing the fluency of students knowing perfectly well that entry to University is at stake for them.When we meet, in addition to going through the prepared questions and analysis, I focus on the pronunciation, grammar and spelling plus vocabulary. I offer real support in understanding literary French language in addition to speaking twenty first century French to a good level. In the course of the school year 2012-2013 I taught English (via skype) to one of my nieces and she achieved good grades in English for her Baccalaureat. At the same time, I also helped other A-level students to study Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert for their French exam. I truly enjoy seeing my students improve their confidence in spoken and written French, I also provide tips regarding modern spoken French. In addition to this I offer real language guidance for adults before they go on holiday to France, this means avoiding some hilarious or embarrassing situations.

Tutoring Approach:

I adapt to each person I teach to. Everyone is different and this is something I fully embrace. I like my conversational French classes to be interactive, fun and educational by drawing on articles from French magazines or news in France. Even though I prefer sessions which are structured, I respect that some students just want to learn as they go along and I then let the student speak in the French he or she knows. I then provide information as we go along for the student to study at home. I think that studying French through films can be a real plus. I do encourage my pupils to write a short synopsis of a film they have watched. While teaching beginners and intermediate students I do ask my students a minimum of commitment, perseverance and desire to study from home to further the learning. Repetition is a key point for me. It can happen that I will use card games and dialogues with teenagers to make it "lighter" at first but it is still relevant to their studies. Learning French is not a lonely crossing of the desert, I offer support and my classes are fun and interesting. I like using little dialogues to unable students to practice the language and acquire vocabulary which is going to be useful while in France or in a French speaking country. If for you the only way to learn French is through studying Fashion French magazines so be it! I am open to this.

Native Language: French
Additional Languages: Latin, Spanish
Availability: Weekdays (daytime)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Strode College, Somerset (2013) - PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) Level 4 (College) (✔ On File)
  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, Brittany (1994) - DEUG University degree in English and American Literature, History and Politics,Grammar, translation, linguistics. (Other) (✔ On File)
  • Lycée St Joseph, Brest, Brittany (1990) - Baccalauréat Modern Languages( English & Spanish) Classical French Literature and Philosophy. (Other) (✔ On File)

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