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I have just moved to Liverpool from East Yorkshire. I have 3 children in their 20's who all went to university in the north-west of England. As well as my degree in French, with subsidiary German, from the University of Birmingham, I also have a Masters degree in Education.I have taught Modern Languages for 36 years in comprehensive schools in Birmingham and East Yorkshire.
I have taught French up to GCSE and 'A' level throughout my career and regularly taught German up to GCSE level.

Tutoring Experience

I have been a Head of Modern Languages Department for over 20 years and also been involved in teacher-training in secondary schools. I have just taken early retirement from full-time teaching and have been teaching a full timetable of French with some German right up until July of this year.
I have lots of recent experience of the AQA GCSE course and a very successful record of teaching AS and A2 French. I have done some tutoring in the past and am now keen to start passing on my expertise in the one-to-one format, as opposed to general class-teaching.

Tutoring Approach

Confidence is the key to success in foreign language learning. I aim to build an understanding of the patterns of language so that the learner can see how the language works. Once you have an idea of these structures, with this you can produce correct language of your own and this helps to develop
your confidence. I focus on the language that you need to know for your own personal needs - whether it be GCSE, 'A' level or just how to get by in the country.
Using authentic materials such as newspapers and websites is one element of my approach so that the learner can see/hear language being used for real communication as well as get used to picking out the key points rather than being confused by unnecessary details.
At 'A' level I am particularly keen on literary and other topics - for example, French cinema.

LanguagesEnglish (British), French, German
AvailabilityWeekdays (evenings)
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University of Birmingham1987MastersM. Ed.
University of Birmingham1977PGCEFrench and German teaching
University of Birmingham1976BachelorsB.A. Hons. French - 2ii; subsid. German.
St. Thomas Aquinas School, Birmingham1972School'A' level French - grade A; German - grade B

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