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  • French native speaker (In UK since 1982), tutor and author of French teaching and learning material since 1986
  • special focus on exams: (I)GCSE, A levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma (Ab Initio + Language B), Pre-U, Scholarship tests for entrance to top independent schools, DELF
  • experienced linguist, member of the Institute of Linguists, ALL (Association for Language Learning)
  • author of renowned resources for all levels: Key Stage 2 (French is Fun - BBC); Key Stage 3 (Equipe, Clic - Oxford University Press) GCSE (French for OCR/AQA - OUP) ; CIE IGCSE from Cambridge University Press); Intervention GCSE workbooks for Pearson; A level (Elan - OUP, Kerboodle) , International Baccalaureate course (Panorama Francophone) and revision and vocabulary books ( A-Z French), and adults (The French Experience- BBC; Talking the Talk series)
  • consultant and resource writer on BBC Bitesize and Scholastic Mary Glasgow Magazines

Tutoring Experience

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 have written courses, textbooks and recently support workbooks in each exam skill, tailored to GCSE and IGCSE AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL syllabuses as well as revision material and vocabulary books for the International Baccalaureate Diploma (Language B and Ab Initio)
I taught adults - particularly complete beginners - for many years in various institutes (inc. The Working Men's College, London)
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, using Gianfranco Conti's EPI method (Extensive Processing Instruction) when appropriate
- (I)GCSE/A level/IB diploma: focus on grammar and other specific needs (vocabulary learning, speaking or listening skills, etc)
- entrance exams/scholarships (e.g. Eton's King Scholarship, Westminster's Challenge, Winchester' Election, etc.)
- interviews at universities (Oxford/Cambridge)
- support tutorials for undergrads and post-grads
- help with getting to grips with the nuts and bolts of the language in order to improve confidence and performance in exams
- personalised support for long-term language learning (language learning skills) e.g in preparation for 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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