Information About Ed - Edinburgh tutor
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I'm a 21 year old master's student at the University of Edinburgh, studying Linguistics. I speak fluent German and Spanish, having learnt in the education system all the way. I have also completed a Linguistics with German degree at the University of York. I run an account on Memrise (a language learning website) where I have given scores of vocabulary cards and mini lessons for German and Spanish A-Level students which have been highly reviewed. I have also spent a lot of time in both Spain and Germany and so have had regular conversational experience too. This August I was a translator for a wedding for my friend's Spanish relatives). I can offer materials from my time as an A-Level and GCSE student in grammar but I can also serve as a conversational tutor in preparation for oral and listening exams. I have a high knowledge of German and Spanish grammar and pronunciation both from an academic linguistic perspective and also from a layman's. I can easily make grammar and pronunciation structures, rules and oddities accessible at the level needed.
I believe I have a talent for languages that I can share. I completed Spanish A-Level at grade A in just one year so I believe I am experienced with what tactics to enforce in order to ensure academic success.
I have taught German at primary level in a primary school. I was president of the German society at York which regularly held language conversation practices and I also taught ab-initio German to first years at the university when I was in my second year. (ab-initio means that they had to learn essentially three years of German in just one year). I also have given lectures on the evolution of German over time and I have taught German and Spanish (and even Linguistics) in more casual settings with my friends). As mentioned I have a highly reviewed account on Memrise where I have stored my materials from A-Level.
I find my knowledge of linguistics is a great asset in language teaching, knowing syntactic knowledge helps me understand the perspective of the learner's experience. I also am very familiar with this experience myself having been through the education system. I can spot where people are having trouble comprehending a grammar point and show the tactics or perspectives that need to be employed to understand them. Simple fluency in a language doesn't mean you can explicitly describe what you know necessarily. As mentioned I have kept the materials which I believe best helped me when I was a student. I'm also very patient with learners (I've been there, learning languages is not the easiest) and I understand how to prioritise which elements of the language should be learnt at any given point in someone's learning.
Additional Languages: German, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: No (✘ Not On File)
- University of York (2017) - 2:1 in Linguistics with German (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Shrewsbury Sixth Form College (2014) - A* in A Level German (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Shrewsbury Sixth Form College (2014) - A in A Level Spanish (College) (✘ Not On File)