Rebecca

Rebecca

Kensington Tutor

I am passionate about learning foreign languages. For me that means communicating with the people I meet abroad and at home in their native idioms, and exploring the linguistic heritage of foreign cultures. I also love helping others experience the enjoyment and satisfaction of language learning. I have a wealth of experience in making my students feel more comfortable and confident in their chosen language than they ever would have thought possible.

Tutoring Experience

Having taught English abroad in several countries both before and during my degree, I have been a full-time tutor (French, Italian, Spanish, English (ESL) in London for six years followed by a further two in Asia, where I did a CELTA course with the British Council. I have recently returned to London and am looking for new students.

Tutoring Approach

I believe that optimum learning takes place in a low-stress environment. The ideal state of mind is relaxed but concentrated, and that is the atmosphere we will work together to create.

Extensive, frequent exposure to the target language is vital. Knowing all the rules of grammar is not enough. In order to feel at home with the new language you need to hear it, read it and speak it as much as you possibly can. I will help you to find reading materials, films and TV programmes to watch, podcasts to download, and radio programmes to listen to. It is crucial that these are at the right level for you and also that they deal with topics that are relevant and interesting to you personally. A big part of my job is to ensure that you always have new source materials available to you in the target language as and when you need them.

Rapid acquisition of vocabulary is essential. This is an area in which traditional classroom methods have been completely surpassed in recent years by technology. Clever computer programmes using algorithms and spaced-repetition systems now make it easy and fun to learn new words and also (more importantly!) to make sure you keep them in your long-term memory. I clearly recall preparing for school ‘vocab’ tests by staring at long lists of words, many of which would be forgotten within hours of the test. Fortunately, in a progressive language learning environment this sort of ‘revision’ is a thing of the past.

It is important to focus on the right vocabulary and the most functional linguistic structures. Do you happen to be a specialist in the Picidae family of birds? If not, there is no point learning the Italian word for woodpecker during your first lesson! To make sure you are learning the words and phrases you will actually need in everyday life I use frequency lists. Focussing on words in the order in which they most commonly occur is the very best way to introduce you to the core vocabulary that you need in order to achieve fluency in the target language. It is also extremely beneficial to produce themed lists for particular purposes. Learning just a few hundred words from a well-chosen word-stock will enable you to recognise the majority of words in a given film or text. This is a very effective way to improve your linguistic competence and, most importantly, your enjoyment of the language you are learning.

Language is culture in action. Not all lessons need to happen at a desk or even with paper and pens. I encourage my students to arrange lessons based around trips to museums, art galleries, parks, and cafés. It is particularly important to keep children engaged by providing variety in their lessons. To achieve this I make frequent use of games, songs and other activities.

LanguagesEnglish (British), French, Italian, Spanish
AvailabilityWeekdays (all times)
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Qualifications

St Andrews2009MastersMA Triple Modern Language (French, Italian, Spanish)

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FrenchOne-to-oneOnline
Primary£40£30
Secondary£40£30
GCSE£40£30
A-Level£40£30
University£40£30
Casual Learner£40£30
ItalianOne-to-oneOnline
Primary£40£30
Secondary£40£30
GCSE£40£30
A-Level£40£30
University£40£30
Casual Learner£40£30
SpanishOne-to-oneOnline
Primary£40£30
Secondary£40£30
GCSE£40£30
A-Level£40£30
University£40£30
Casual Learner£40£30
English (Foreign Language)One-to-oneOnline
Primary£40£30
Secondary£40£30
GCSE£40£30
A-Level£40£30
University£40£30
Casual Learner£40£30