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  • French native speaker (In UK since 1982), tutor and coursebook writer since 1986, prepares students for all exams: (I)GCSE, A levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma, French for Entrance exams to top independent schools, TCF, DELF/DALF
  • experienced linguist, member of the Institute of Linguists, ALL (Association for Language Learning)
  • author of BBC Bitesize Revision and other renowned courses for all levels: Key Stage 2 (French is Fun - BBC); Key Stage 3 (Equipe, Clic - OUP) GCSE (French for OCR/AQA - OUP) ; CIE IGCSE from Cambridge University Press); Intervention GCSE workbook for Pearson; A level (Elan - OUP, Kerboodle) , International Baccalaureate course (Panorama Francophone), and adults (The French Experience- BBC; Talking the Talk series)

I am the author of renowned courses for all levels:
Primary: French is Fun (BBC/Pearson), Comète (OUP)
Secondary: Equipe, Clic (Oxford University Press)
GCSE: Bitesize Revision website and book(BBC),
CIE IGCSE: Cambridge University Press
A level: Élan – Kerboodle (OUP)

International Baccalaureate: Panorama Francophone 1+2
(Cambridge University Press)
Adults beginners and improvers: The French Experience
(BBC) Talking the Talk French (BBC)

Tutoring Experience

I have written courses, textbooks and recently support workbooks in each exam skill, tailored to GCSE and IGCSE AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL syllabuses as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma (Ab Initio)
I taught adults - particularly complete beginners - for many years in various institutes (inc. The Working Men's College, London)
I've been teaching privately at all levels since 1994, focusing mostly on exams (GCSE, IGCSE, A levels) and preparing for entrances to the country's top independent schools (Eton, Westminster, Winchester, etc)
I've devised diagnostic tests to assess levels and identify weaknesses and specific areas to focus on.
I can email a list of references on request.

Tutoring Approach

Very much tailored to the needs and ability of each student and the examination prepared:
- (I)GCSE/A level/IB diploma: pre-exam practice, with particular focus on grammar and specific needs (vocabulary learning, speaking or listening skills, etc)
- entrance exams/scholarships (e.g. Eton's King Scholarship, Westminster, Winchester, etc.)
- interviews at universities (Oxford/Cambridge)
- help with getting to grips with the nuts and bolts of the language in order to improve confidence and performance in exams, controlled assessment, etc
- personalised support for long-term language learning (language learning skills), undergraduate studies,. etc
I am flexible, accommodating and supportive but I expect the same degree of commitment and work from my tutees as I put into each tutorial in order for them to achieve their best. I believe in success breeding motivation breeding success, and in having fun in the process! ;-)

LanguagesFrench, German, Russian
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Essex university1986MastersM.A in Literary Translation, Essex University (1986)
Barnet College1985ProfessionalTeaching in Adult Education Certificate (1985)
Bedfordshire1985ProfessionalFinal Diploma of the Institute of Linguists (1985)
Lille University1984BachelorsLicence-ès-Lettres (English and TOEFL) Paris and Lille University (1984)

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