I specialise in working together with people who feel like they are struggling with learning language. Whether it's pronunciation, getting to grips with grammar or simply finding the courage to be able to speak when you're not sure whether you're going to get it right or not these are all problems that can be made much more manageable, in a relatively short time.
I am a polyglot language coach, translator and interpreter.
I have over 25 years of experience teaching, coaching, writing, interpreting, translating and studying language. I've worked in the Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, Spain and Brazil.
I currently work as a language consultant coaching/tutoring and translating/interpreting at Luna Languages in Leeds.
Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that language and psychology are so closely intertwined, as are success, well-being and language, that I am going to Keele University in September to take their 'Graduate Certificate in Counselling / Part Time MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy’ course. My hope is to be able to better help people, in not only their language learning endeavours, but eventually in other aspects of their lives, too.
I teach English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Although from Yorkshire originally (born in Leeds), I've lived in 5 countries and worked in most kinds of teaching environments from state schools to private language schools and from students' homes to businesses. I have an excellent track record with GCSE and 'A' level tuition and years of experience with Cambridge English exams, TOEFL and IELTS. I have also been asked to be an oral examiner on some of this year's GCSE language exams.
Having gone through the process of learning new languages a number of times, I know just how it feels to go through that learning process. I know what it's like and I'm here to help you!
Even if it's a bit of help to get to a more comfortable place with a language before a holiday or a business trip - I can really help you feel more prepared.
One of my students, who was recently preparing for a trip to South America kindly said:
"I don't know what could have been better."
Whatever your language learning needs, I'm happy and able to help.
Please see below a summary of my language experience:
2 years teaching Esperanto in Wakefield, England.
3 years teaching in Czech state primary and secondary schools.
Translating and proof-reading for the (then) state propaganda agency.
Language coaching for diplomats and heads of business.
10 years teaching private classes in Germany.
Running freelance translating agency.
Adjudicating TOEFL exam.
3 years working in private language schools, teaching all ages near Barcelona, Spain.
Freelance work as language coach to businesses executives.
5 years teaching all ages in a private language school in São Paulo, Brazil.
Executive in-company courses for Medical and marketing companies.
In-company interpreting during international meetings.
Commercial translations for international companies.
Volunteer teaching in São Paulo's 'Jardim Colombo' shanty town community.
3 years teaching languages at all levels in the UK
Interpreting for solicitors on international Asylum & Human Rights cases.
Commercial translations. GCSE oral examining.
Basically, we work to a textbook course, as a path to guide us. And then we wander off into other areas as and when you want to; sometimes to practise something you've learned in a different and exciting new way and sometimes just for fun.
Books are great, and important when you're working to a school or college syllabus - but it's also about music, recipes, humour, cultural traditions, folk tales and the simple fun of discovering something new.
With over 25 years of experience working with people from many different backgrounds, I've found some things to be true:
Every brain works slightly differently.
If you already speak a language (as almost everyone does), then the mechanical bit (your brain) works just fine. If you've done it once and got one language down pretty much perfectly (and there's no level higher than 'native' level) then you can do it again.
So, as a tutor, I think it's about understanding how a person ticks.
Then it's about inspiration and enthusiasm.
Once someone's interest is ignited, it's then about guiding them, and their enthusiasm, on their own learning journey; helping each individual to access their own potential and just letting it flow and gradually picking up confidence and speed.
First and foremost, it's about you!
|Languages||English (British), German, Portuguese, Spanish|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
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