I am British by birth with an Italian mother. I was brought up speaking English, Friulano and Italian. I am a retired teacher of Modern Foreign Languages with over 25 years of classroom experience and 12 years of teaching private students.
I am happy to travel up to 20 miles.
I am a retired teacher of Modern Foreighn Languages with over 25 years of classroom experience and 12 years of teaching private students. I have taught French, Spanish and Italian ab initio to post A Level
Tutoring Approach: - Communication – Communication - Communication
I always adapt each lesson according to the student's personality and needs. At the beginning I usually discuss with students what they want to achieve as a target and what topics interest them most and I will meet their needs. My students have achieved good results and have improved their level of learning.
I tailor the learning processes and techniques differently to each student.
For whatever reason you need to learn or update your foreign language skills - business, pleasure, exams etc. - I can help you achieve your goals.
I tailor my teaching styles to your learning needs and objectives. There is no need to buy expensive courses. I will provide the necessary materials. All you need to provide is the enthusiasm to learn. You need to commit to a few minutes each day of personal learning.
I usually have a preliminary meeting with you to ascertain what you need and if you have any prior learning in the target language.
I then adapt my lessons to your level and your specific needs. I integrate new learning into your existing knowledge base - if any. I will give you strategies for easy vocabulary learning and build on that vocabulary with accessible grammar so that you can start to talk on an ever- widening number of topics.
I create a comfortable teaching environment so that each student can concentrate and be motivated.
My two main aims are to
+ To promote active learning.
+ To encourage communication.
I help you learn on a 1-to-1 basis or in small groups [max 6].
I also teach small groups.
Small groups have several advantages: -
+ Small groups allow students to bring their own experience to the learning process
+ Small groups encourage active learning rather than passive listening
+ Students take more responsibility for their own learning
+ Students learn from each other's demonstrations, examples, insights, and mistakes
+ Students develop interpersonal communication skills, such as listening, collaborating
+ Students become more competent and more confident more quickly
I taught modern languages [mainly French] for 25 years from year 7 to adult learners at secondary level [11- 18] and tertiary level [18+].
I have had a variety of jobs since then including working for a translation/interpreting agency and NHS Interpreting Services.
My mother was Italian - Italian [near native]
Speak French [near native]
French 25 years 11-18 & Private tuition various levels & FE to Final Diploma Institute of Linguists
Italian FE – from the start & private tuition
Spanish FE – from the start & private tuition
I am currently tutoring a variety of students covering a wide range of ages and abilities and languages.
|Languages||English (British), French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|NCN||1984||College||Italian and Spanis IL|
|Sheffield Uni||1973||Bachelors||B. Ed|
|Doncaster College of Education||1972||Professional||Cert Ed|
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