Within each lesson I would hope to cover all the four skills of listening, speaking,reading and writing, incorporating contemporary topics as well as ensuring accuracy and comprehension. My lessons may also involve games, songs, and recordings from the internet. For the younger students I have also used animations and repetition to ensure retention.
I am a former Head of MFL retired from classroom teaching but willing and able to teach Common Entrance and GCSE / Higher level French to students wishing to perfect their oral and written French. I have over 30 years experience, in the Independent sector and have extensive knowledge of the level and standards required.
£20 an hour. 5 lessons £80. 10 lessons - £175
Richard Martin Spencer
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I am a retired Head of the languages department at Cargilfield School in Cramond and wish to continue tutoring in some capacity within Edinburgh and the surrounding area. I am an Invigilator at the University along with two sons at Glasgow and St Andrews, I understand the student experience. I am confident within an academic environment. I liaise with parents, management and staff as well as pupils.
Most recent employment :
2007- Current : Head of French at Cargilfield School Cramond.
• Consistently achieved good Common Entrance and Scholarship exam results to the most selective schools.
• Maintained and improved the French curriculum by following a budget, approving texts and methodology, leading to consistent exam success.
• Receptionist at The Wellness Centre - Balerno
• Invigilator at Edinburgh University
In previous employment :
• Established IT network as a leader amongst Prep schools, by managing the network and being project coordinator for XP upgrade.
• Coordinated and administered school exchanges to France with various companies every year from 1995-2007
• Formalised Homestay applications and processed the relevent documentation and finance agreements. This included
• Upgrade of previous system to server 2003 and XP pro clients, using Active Directory.
Languages and creative :
• Established the school magazine as a true marketing tool, compiling and editing it.
• Heading the Committee responsible for the innovation and design of the school website, establishing a presence on the Internet.
• Provided fluent French translation and contemporaneous interpreting services in the marketing department for Chocolat Meunier in Paris.
• English tutor at the Soviet Embassy in Muscat. - 1987
• People skills :
• Organised training and supported staff through ICT inset programmes and presentations.
• Produced a successful and coordinated teaching framework by consulting and directing the other members of the department at regular meetings thereby ensuring consistent success.
• Successfully negociated lease agreements and contracts with stakeholders including Viglen, Inty, BT and Easynet.
• Active member of the academic forum within the school, making positive decisions on the way forward with regard to timetable and school policies.
• Level 1 RFU Coach – Rugby referee at school and also at Wensleydale R.U.F.C
1989-2007 Head of French at Aysgarth School, Bedale North Yorks, DL8 1PY
1986-89 : Head of French at The British School in Muscat Oman. English tutor / translator at the Soviet Embassy.
1982-1986: Teacher of French and Russian at Dean Close School. Cheltenham.
1980-1982: Teacher of French at The Minster School York.
Education and training :
St Peter’s School York 1970-75
BA – French and English from - Leeds University 1976-80
Diploma in Russian Language - Strathclyde University 1981-82
Cert T.E.F.L 1983
Prince 2 Foundation Project Management. 2005
Personal details :
Marital status : Married with two sons Benjamin (22) and Matthew (20) currently at University.
Hobbies and interests :
Music : Oboe grade 6 – Member of the local amateur orchestra. Drummer.
Sport : coached rugby,football and tennis at under 14 level. Rugby referee and coach at Wensleydale
Travel : Visited most countries in Europe. Also the Middle east.
Local affairs : Parish Councillor for Hunton.
Mr R Taylor Mrs Lynn Millar
Headmaster The Wellness Centre
Cargilfield School 4 Bridge Rd,
Gamekeepers Road Balerno
Edinburgh EH4 6HU Edinburgh EH14 7AH
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