Information About Caroline - Durham tutor
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I am a postgraduate student at Durham University, where I completed my BA in French and German in 2012. I have been learning French since the age of six (and would describe my capacity as fluent) and German since the age of twelve, and at both GCSE and A-Level was commended as one of the top five students in the country in French. I spent my year abroad at university in Dijon (where I also worked part-time as an au-pair and English tutor) and Heidelberg. After completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Interpreting (French / German to English), I am comfortable operating trilingually and a sizeable proportion of my day is spent working in languages that are not my mother tongue.
2004 - onwards: ad hoc Teaching Assistant at Heyhouses Primary School, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. I assist in music, drama and literacy lessons in a school where there is a strong emphasis on exposure to cultures outside of the UK.
2010 - 2011: au-pair and English language tutor for two bilingual children (KS2, bilingual French / English) in Dijon, France. This was a pivotal moment in my teaching experience, an opportunity to observe what 'makes children tick' on a near one-to-one basis, to harness their enthusiasm for language learning, and incorporate English instruction into an informal context whilst also having clear areas for improvement that I knew I wished to address. Moreover, it was an invaluable opportunity to develop my authority as a tutor, and to recognise that whilst I always wanted to remain approachable and friendly, I also was responsible for instilling a sense of discipline and respect. Our activities ranged from drawing and writing stories to baking and playing sport.
2014 - onwards: volunteer at Friday Frenzies Youth Club, Gilesgate, Durham. I have been working at Friday Frenzies for nearly 12 months. A typical session lasts for two hours - the first hour is spent welcoming the young people (aged 10-16), doing a craft activity, playing sport or just talking to them about their week. In the second hour we will do an organised activity, usually centred around social justice (i.e. a Foodbank challenge, talking about issues such as homelessness, mental health, etc). This has been an invaluable experience in honing my communication skills with young people - Frenzies is predominantly intended to be a fun and relaxing start to the weekend, but we understand that for some of the children, school life or home life may be stressful and upsetting and always endeavour to provide an atmosphere where they can come and confide in us. Through Frenzies, I have become adept at providing a sympathetic listening ear, and immersing myself in the school life of our young people - it can be easy to forget what a turbulent time this may be.
I recognise that MFL is often considered to be a particularly difficult area of the curriculum, and that boredom with the syllabus can lead many young people to dismiss the subject area entirely, which I think is a great shame, as I have always considered language learning to be an incredibly rich and exciting activity. Few sensations are more rewarding than being able to make yourself understood in a language that is not your own, even if it's only whilst ordering a meal on holiday. I am passionate about instilling a sense of enjoyment and fun in my tutees (something which I feel is disproportionately reserved for very young children and is noticeably absent in MFL teaching for KS3 and above). For me, this involves harnessing the tutee's interests and building my approach around them, i.e. if a tutee were particularly interested in literature I would use this as a tool to expose them to a new language in practise. I find that young people are more likely to respond if learning is centred around them, personal to them and presented in a less rigid context.
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- University of Manchester (2014) - Postgraduate Diploma in Conference Interpreting (French / German to English) (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Durham University (2012) - BA (hons) Modern Languages (2.1) (French and German) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- King Edward VII and Queen Mary School, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire (2008) - A-Level - A (French), A-Level - A (German) (School) (✘ Not On File)
- King Edward VII and Queen Mary School, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire (now AKS) (2006) - GCSE - A* (French), GCSE - A* (German) (School) (✘ Not On File)