My tutoring approach
During the sessions you will build up or consolidate your knowledge with a deeper understanding of the grammar of your chosen language, which means that instead of knowing a few set sentences, you end up having tools to build up an infinite number of sentences of your choice. Understanding the grammar not only makes you much more able but also increases your communicative confidence. One to one tuition allows you to practice what you cannot do as easily in a class: oral presentation, conversation, pronunciation, understanding the points you need to work on and addressing those needs in a relaxed learning environment. The session is yours and it will be tailored for you.
You can study French/Spanish literature, cinema and civilization or you can choose any subject if you prepare for the A Level. Some examples of the topic studied are the French Nouvelle Vague with Truffaut, Godard etc., the Spanish cinema with la Movida and Almodovar, French literature like Camus, Saint-Exupery, Sylvie Germain, Spanish literature like Lorca and his trilogy of folk tragedies
For the adult learning for leisure or work, traditional methodologies can be used alongside less conventional ones but both ensure that progress is consistent and measurable. A variety of material is used to complement the teaching, according to the needs of the learner.
Tutoring experience: 20+ years
2003-2014: Free lance French and Spanish teacher/tutor to primary school children, secondary school pupils and adults.
2001-2002: Part time French teacher for the former ISIS Middle School, teaching KS 2 and 3.
2000-2001: Part time French and German teacher for John Mason School, Abingdon.
1997-1999: Part time tutor for Abingdon College, Unipart, freelance tutor.
1997-98: Part time French tutor for Oxford Brookes Language Services. I was trusted to design my own course.
Part time French and Spanish tutor at Abingdon College.
Language Express (business French). I was employed along with another colleague to teach a two week intensive course to people who were preparing for competitive exams. This involved adapting an existing course to the needs of the students.
The Alliance FranÃ§aise. Part time, teaching a high level academic class and a five year old childrenâ€™s group, in which I supplied the material and designed the course.
Our Ladyâ€™s Convent School, Abingdon. Part time, teaching French and Spanish to years seven to ten supply teaching for a term.
1995-97: Freelance French teacher giving both private one-to-one and group lessons in a language school, in San SebastiÃ¡n (Basque Country, Spain)
1994: French teaching for employees in a travel agency and in a comprehensive schools, preparation of material on French as a foreign language for primary school teachers (organized by the French Embassy and coordinated by the Generalitat de Catalunya, Catalan local government head quarters), which formed part of the postgraduate degree.
1988-90: Freelance French teacher in various businesses and private tutor in Madrid.
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