Information About Catherine - Southsea tutor - (32 reviews)
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English (Foreign Language)
A French national, I have been living in Britain since 1989.
I qualified as a teacher in 1998 and since then I have worked as a teacher of French, in secondary schools, in adult education and privately. I have taught Spanish up to GCSE also. I studied German at school for 5 years.
This year, in 2018, I was an examiner for GCSE French AQA. I also worked as a AS examiner for AQA for three years a few years ago and I have qualified as a NVQ examiner too.
Over the past five years, I have specialised in teaching GCSE and A-Level with all examination boards. I am continuing to adapt with the new GCSE Which require similar knowledge to previous years but is being examined in one go at the end. From a learning or teaching point of view, it still means being rigorous with the process, understanding, memorising and practising. It's all much easier with an experienced tutor.
In addition, I am very "au fait" with the British examination system.
On a more personal note, I am friendly, kind, honest and welcoming. Please look below for extra feedback received this year:
Clare 20/08/2015: Thanks so much for the fantastic help you gaveLuke with his French. He got an A! Totally brilliant as he has always struggled with the subject. Thank you. Clare x
Hi, this is Ella, I just found my A level results, and my French was a very high B!! Merci beaucoup pour votre aide. I needed a B, so I was very pleased, and I’m hoping it might go up to an A with a remark. Overall, I was predicted a C and in my A2 mock I got an E (so I made rather a lot of progress!)
Yes! I got the A in French!! Yay!! And I have you to thank for so thank you so much!
Emma and her French ALevel - Anna
We hope all is well with you.
I just want dot let you know that Emma has a got her A level results and she got A for French which made her accepted to Warwick University.
We are really over the moon about this and wanted to say a big thank you for you for all the help and guidance you gave to Emma. Without your expert support and encouragement this grade would have been much more difficult.
So thanks again and we hope we will hear from you in the future.
Hello Catherine (04/09/2015)
Alice got a "B" GRADE in IGCSE although her mark was close to the A grade boundary so it is being re-marked. Thank you for all your help… Alice would never have achieved this without you.
I have been teaching for 18 years. My students include people of all ages, from zero year (my children!) to over eighty.
I have also worked in adult education for five years and privately for 11 years. I am friendly and patient, I explain things in different ways, as and when necessary, and I am used to students learning in different ways.
Many students decide to stay with me for over a year and I also regularly get to teach some of their siblings or acquaintances, which is very encouraging and rewarding.
I have been an examiner for AQA French, AS writing exam for three years.
I have worked for a bilingual club for primary school children part-time and I teach primary school aged children regularly.
I enjoy teaching very much and sharing the buzz we get when progress is being made.
My approach consists in finding out what people already know, how they enjoy learning and what they wish to learn. It all starts from there.
Together, we work on the skills that need developing, for example, how to pronounce correctly by learning all the pronunciation tricks, how to memorise vocabulary or how to put words in the correct order. I help students to feel confident about themselves in a professional, yet relaxed and fun atmosphere.
I can provide easy parking access also. If I travel to you and it's out of my way I will charge £10 extra for travelling expenses
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Additional Languages: English (British), Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Qualified Mindfulness trainer (2017) - Mindfullness Teacher 1st part of a course (Professional) (✔ On File)
- OFQUAL (2013) - OCR Level 3 Award (Professional) (✔ On File)
- Open university (1998) - Teaching qualification from 11 to 19 years old (A-level) 1998 (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- Swansea university (1996) - BA (Hons) French language, culture, politics and literature from a British perspective (Other) (✔ On File)
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I am 55 years old and have never had a French lesson in my life therefore I thought I might be a challenge for her. Not so, she is so patient with and relaxed with me and as a result I have been gradually improving and gaining an understanding of the structure of the language.
She uses a variety of teaching styles to get the key learning points across and backs this up with plenty of praise and encouragement where appropriate.
She has given me confidence and belief whereby I am gradually improving my vocabulary and pronounciation and I am now able to structure some simple sentences.
I have thoroughly enjoyed our lessons. I anticipate it will be quite a while before I can speak French fluently however I am determined and motivated to do so and with Catherine's help I'm sure I will succeed.
Merci beaucoup Catherine
In any case, I wish you both the very best.
Thank you for your kind comments:)
to lower the fee as a way of apologising
I would heartily recommend Catherine to anyone who wishes to improve their French.
continue working with you until you meet your objective.
I highly recommend her.
It was a real pleasure working with Belen who is a very friendly and extremely talented student.