The traditional pedagogical approach to language learning effectively reduces it to a subject akin to a science, leaving one with an intolerable wrestle with words on a page, forcing one to memorise sentence structures and verb endings, allowing for one to do the bare minimum and achieve a superficially good grade, yet leaving one clueless when thrown into the true domain of language - that of spontaneity in oral expression. I acknowledge that for many, language learning is just a race to memorise words on a page for the sake of a grade, but that for others, an ambition is squashed by a teaching approach that is frustratingly rigid and impractical. Hence my preference for a wider approach. This is best done with prioritising oral skills in conversation and listening. In doing so, my students have often found that, not only do they have greater ease in their exams, but also that they get a better grasp of the French language beyond the prescribed syllabus.
I'm a tried and tested educator who has taught nursery children, sixth formers and pensioners, in both group evening classes and one to one in school. I was raised in a bilingual household speaking French and English. My primary school education included two years at the prestigious Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in Kensington. Next year, I am going to study Arabic at SOAS in London or inshallah INALCO in Paris. I'm on a gap year right now. During my time at school, I worked as a tutor to GCSE students in Latin and French, in both conversation skills and translation work, and I held weekly evening classes for adults, some of whom were preparing for the DALF examination. I have given much time to learning languages in my life, both dead and extant. I have spent my time in lockdown learning to read and translate Provençal and Persian poetry. What I have taken from my experiences in individual study I have tried to recreate in my tuition methods, namely how to memorise and prioritise, so as to ease the passage for others. My will to teach is driven by the encouragingly positive results I have consistently seen from my students, which I believe stems from my unique method.
3 A*s for Philosophy, Classics, French A level.
CELI 4 Certificate of the Italian language
TEFL Certificate - qualified to teach English as a foreign language.
Next year I have a place to study Arabic and Philosophy at SOAS.
I currently work part time as a Bricklayer. I have been tutoring French and Latin on and off for almost 4 years, in my school as a mentor to GCSE students, as well as at my local library to young children and the elderly.
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