I can deliver German lessons to all levels and experience. I have a wide selection of resources and much experience to draw upon. I can teach you in my home, your home, or a mutually agreed place in public. I have also experience delivering Skype lessons and webinars.
The lessons you have with me will be tailored to your personal needs. If a coursebook is suitable we can discuss this, or alternatively, lessons can be drawn from German multimedia currently available online.
I have over 20 year's experience teaching French and German in the UK State School system. I now work as a freelance translator, tutor and tour guide.
In schools and Adult Education, I have taught thousands of students. I have been private tutoring for three years now and have had more than 20 clients for varying periods, depending on their needs.
I have helped students preparing for GCSE, AS and A lEvel as well as Military examinations in French.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MA Translation Studies – University of Portsmouth – 2015.
NVQ Level 4 (Dip RSA) in Conducting Internal Quality Assurance of the Assessment Process OCR 2007 Belfry Associates
NVQ Level 3 Award in Assessing Candidates using a range of methods. OCR 2006 Belfry Associates
GCSE Italian A* South Downs College Portsmouth 1998.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education – French and German – University of Portsmouth 1994.
BA (Hons) degree in French Studies (with German)– University of Portsmouth 1993.
Cert TEFL (Intro) Portsmouth Polytechnic – 1990.
3 GCE A Levels French, German, Geography 1989.
8 GCE O Levels French, German, Geography, History, Maths, English, Physics and Biology. 1987.
Fluent in French – to near-native standard. Similarly, fluent in German and able to communicate well in Italian. Have enough understanding of Spanish to assess and verify up to NVQ Level 2. Experience in translation from French and German to English and from English into French and German. Experience in interpreting from English to French and French to English.
January 2017 to present: Freelance associate tutor with Tertulia languages, Waterlooville, England – Teaching English as a Foreign language, French and German to individuals and groups as required.
June 2016 to present: Official Tour guide with Portsmouth City Council Tour Guiding Service. Giving tours of Portsmouth on foot or by coach in English, French and German.
October 2015 to present: Freelance Translator available to work on varied translation projects.
September 2014 to present: Freelance Tutor of Languages (French and German). September 2014 – June 2015. GCSE German for a student entering GCSE German in Charter Academy, Southsea where no German is taught. January 2015 to present – tutoring two military personnel to Level 2 Military Language Examinations (A level equivalent standard) French one hour per week. July 2015 to September 2016, tutoring German beginners to intermediate level adult learner one hour per week. September 2015 to January 2016. Tutoring French Intermediate to Advanced level one hour per week to an adult learner whose family mainly now live in France.
September 2014 to September 2015.
Position: Postgraduate Student of Masters Degree in Translation Studies at the University of Portsmouth. This course included the study of: The Theory and Practice of Translation, Translation Technologies (including the use of Translation Software, Subtitling Software, Concordance Software), French Specialist Translation (various text types including legal documents, crime fiction, business reports and instruction manuals – technical texts), German Specialist Translation (including business reports, advertising materials, website translations and technical documents. A dissertation element which was a crime fiction translation and a study of theory in this field.
Sep 1999 to August 2014.
Position : 2nd i/c MFL & International Dimension Co-ordinator – Community College – West Sussex.
I was employed by West Sussex County Council as a Modern Foreign Languages Teacher, teaching French and German across a wide ability range. I have previously also been involved in the teaching of Drama, Geography and Information Technology along with COPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness).
September 1994 to August 1999
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages – Hedge End, Southampton.
I was employed to teach French and German across the ability range. I organised exchange trips with France, which are still continuing today.
Previous Work Experience
Summers of 1991, 1992
1993, 1994 Teacher of English as a Foreign Language – University of Brighton (for EF Language Travel)
I taught English as a foreign language to Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish, Austrian, French and German students, I organised and took these students on many trips within the UK.
Oct 1991 to May 1992
Position : Assistant de langue anglaise
As part of my University degree, I spent one year as an English Language Assistant Teacher at a Sixth Form College in Brittany.
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