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Sharon

Sharon

I am a highly qualified, experienced and friendly but professional full-time tutor of French, Spanish and English (including as an additional language). I hold a Masters in Education & Applied Linguistics (Distinction); BA (Hons) English & French Language and a Diploma in International Communication (Spanish & English). I'm a GCSE and A level examiner. I love languages and linguistics and lived for many years in France and Spain, where I was a freelance portrait and landscape artist, before returning to the UK and settling in North Worcestershire. In my spare time I'm learning Italian and I enjoy reading, as well as music and films, of different genres, cultures and countries.

I offer a 50% reduction for the first hour's introductory tuition and the prices quoted are based on tutoring online or from my home on a one-to-one basis; additional charges apply for tutoring at other locations and reduced charges (per person) apply for tutoring more than one person. I invoice students for blocks of 4 lessons in advance of lessons. Additional charges apply for certain qualifications, for Business French and Spanish and for English for Academic Purposes.

Tutoring Experience

I've been teaching French, Spanish and English to young people and adults since 2007, usually as a private tutor but I also worked for 2 years in an independent school teaching French to Spanish pupils. English for Academic Purposes is another service I provide for A level and Higher Education students of any subject who are looking to improve their essay and dissertation writing skills. In a voluntary capacity, I am ESOL Coordinator for an organisation which supports refugees.

Also, I have significant experience of working with students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), including physical impairment and learning differences.

Tutoring Approach

I tailor lessons to the individual needs of learners using a wide range of multi-modal resources and authentic materials, with an emphasis on functional language skills and effective communication in all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. After lessons I provide students with PowerPoint presentations, other resources and screenshots of work so they can reinforce their learning between lessons; presentations are ordinarily embedded with audio-files, media articles and links to videos and other web pages. Depending on the needs and preferences of the student, I contextualise the language within the country of interest.

I can provide online tuition using the Zoom Meeting platform, which replicates face-to-face tuition (i.e. shared screen for powerpoints, videos, websites etc., as well as annotation tools which are user-friendly for learners too) but which takes place in the comfort of the student's home or place of work.

I teach French and Spanish for conversation, business, leisure and for qualifications including GCSEs, A levels and Foreign Language Diplomas (e.g. the Diplôme d'etudes en langue française and the Diploma de español). I teach English for ESOL (including Skills for Life qualifications) and IELTS, as well as English for Academic Purposes. For native speakers, I teach English GCSE Language and Literature and English Language A Level.

I tailor lessons to the syllabus of the specific exam board as well as to the individual learning needs of the learner.

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

Chartered Institute of Linguists2000ProfessionalDiploma in Spanish for International Communication
Cambridge1995ProfessionalCertificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults
The Open University2013BachelorsFrench and English Language Studies
The Open University2016MastersMaster of Education (Applied Linguistics)

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