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I am a Cambridge graduate, recently moved to Norwich, who is looking to find students, of any age, hoping to improve (or make a start with) their command of a language. I have lived in Germany (while at university), Hong Kong (after graduation), Japan (for five years) and, most recently, China, where I taught English at a university. In all of these places, as well as here in the UK, I have been involved in teaching in one way or another. I am now trying to learn Korean!!
I graduated in Modern Languages (mainly German), have a Certificate in teaching English (Prep Cert - with pass grade A), have an M.A. in Advanced Japanese Studies, and am a qualified teacher (PGCE).

Tutoring Experience

I was head of Japanese at a grammar school in Slough from 2000-2111, teaching the language at all levels from beginner to A level. I am an examiner for AS Japanese and am also now one of the Principal Examiners for GCSE Japanese.
I also taught German for 3 years at the same school, again covering all levels.
As far as English is concerned, I have taught this in Germany, Hong Kong, China and Japan. I have a wealth of experience, having taught many students of different ages from many different countries.
Most recently I have started teaching Chinese (Mandarin) and am presently in my fourth year teaching at a school in London. My focus for Chinese is beginners and GCSE learners. I am a Principal Examiner for Chinese for one of the exam boards.

Tutoring Approach

Having learnt a lot of languages myself, I feel that I have a good idea of what works in a classroom (and what doesn't!). To me, it is essential to USE a language, not just to learn lists of words. A language learner wants to feel able to do something with what he/she has learnt, for which a good understanding of the structures of a language are essential. Although this might sound a bit off-putting, I should say that I always put students at their ease, always ready to show a student how much progress has been made, how effective their communication has been. Being involved quite closely with Japanese and Chinese exams, I am also very aware of what needs to be done to achieve a good grade at GCSE!

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Cambridge University1986BachelorsB.A. (Modern Languages), IIi
Bell Institute, Cambridge1987ProfessionalPrepararatory Certficate in TEFL
Essex University1995MastersM.A. (Advanced Japanese Studies)
Nottingham University2000PGCEPGCE Secondary/MFL

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