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French and Spanish Tutoring in Yarm

I have recently taken early retirement, after 25 years in the classroom. I am passionate about language learning and want to offer private tuition in order to share my knowledge with others. I have a BA Hons. degree in French and French studies and have also a good knowledge of Spanish and German. I have traveled widely and spent time in French, Spanish and German schools learning about their systems and teaching methods. I am considered an excellent teacher and was very proud that two of my students picked up grade 9s this summer.

Tutoring Experience

I have taught French in three different secondary schools in the North East area over the last 25 years. (Head of department for the last 14) I have taught KS 3 Spanish for last five years. I also taught German at KS 3, but not recently as German seems to be disappearing from many school ‘s curriculum. I am an experienced marker/examiner for AQA and EDEXCEL (Pearson’s) I have also experience of teaching adult beginners, both one to one and in a class group.

Tutoring Approach

I begin by finding my student’s current level and build on from there. Every lesson builds on knowledge gained in the lesson before. For KS3 and 4 students I put a strong emphasis on understanding grammar as this is essential for future study and for being able to say exactly what you want to say. I give equal coverage of the four skills listening, speaking, reading and writing and use as much target language as my student is comfortable with. I prefer to teach in my own home in Ingleby Barwick, but am prepared to travel so long as travel time and fuel are paid.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


University of Sunderland 1993PGCEFrench
Teesside University1992BachelorsHumanities. French and French studies.
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