Elena

Elena

I have a passionate interest in researching the best ways to learn a language but also how people learn best anything. To understand my learners' needs I have started teaching myself German recently ab initio. It has sharpened my awareness of the hurdles and difficulties my learners encounter along the way. I believe that mastering a language different from your own is a journey of discovery and adventure. It is always my priority to convey enthusiasm for learning languages by keeping abreast with the latest resources and techniques, assessing as accurately as possible my students' interests and needs and making their learning effective and enjoyable.

Tutoring Experience

7 years' experience in teaching English as a foreign language.
15 years' experience in teaching French and Spanish at secondary level
4 years' experience working with Russian in a commercial environment

Tutoring Approach

My teaching strategies are not tied up to any one textbook or method. I taylor the content of my lessons to match best the individual needs of my students. My constant goal is to enable my students to experience a clear sense of progression and achievement right from the start and all along. I usually give equal weighting to all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing but I am also happy to teach each of these skills distinctly if my students have a particular purpose to learn the language, e.g. exam preparation, travel, business, scientific research, etc. I aim to employ a wide range of teaching methods and strategies in a variety of contexts. I am constantly searching for, creating and adapting teaching resources to make them relevant to my students' maturity level, attentions span and personal interests.

LanguagesBulgarian, English (British), French, Russian, Spanish
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (evenings)
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Qualifications

University of Salamanca, Spain2009ProfessionalUniversity of Salamanca, Spain - Certificate in Advanced Spanish, Spanish Culture and Business Spanish
Anglia Polytechnic University2004BachelorsBA (Hons) French with Education
Veliko Turnovo University, Bulgaria1980BachelorsBA English Language and Literature with Education

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