My teaching methodology is centred around teaching the four macro skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. I always begin with Listening (so that students can get a good exposure to key vocab and accurate pronunciation, then move to Speaking (repetition to cement new vocab, accent development), then applying that new vocab to Reading and Writing skills. I like to incorporate a rich variety of texts to supplement the learning - music, audio, video-clips, comics etc to provide authentic exposure to French, as well as embedding language learning in the wider context of culture. For example, learning about hand gestures, French food and drink, national holidays, history, music and art etc.
I have been teaching French in high schools in both Scotland and Australia for 5 years, and have experience tutoring both French and English literature. I have taught French and Italian, and have also taught some Modern Studies/Society and Culture. I have studied French since High School, and spent a year living in Belgium in my early 20s. I have an undergraduate degree in French and International Relations, and a Masters degree in Teaching (Secondary). I am passionate about French and France and love to facilitate language learning!
Students studying at a higher level (National 5 and upwards) would require more preparation from the tutor, so may have a higher charge rate. But this can be discussed on case-by-case basis
Dates Qualifications Institution
2015 – 2016 Master of Teaching (Secondary) University of New South Wales
2009 – 2012 Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) Australian National University
Role: French Teacher
School: Queensferry Community High School
Dates: October 2019 – Present
Summary of Work: Teaching French to and facilitating an introductory Mandarin course for secondary students, both face-to-face in classroom setting, and currently via distance using technologies including video-conference software.
● Teaching French to students from S1 through to National 5 Level, as well as facilitating an introductory Mandarin course for S2 students (Currently using Microsoft Teams to teach my classes remotely)
● Developing and delivering varied, relevant and well-targeted lessons
● Differentiating learning and lesson materials to ensure all students can access the curriculum.
● Using classroom management strategies to keep students both engaged and on-task
● Employing various assessment strategies, including formative and summative assessment to measure student progress
● Writing individualised reports on student outcomes and feeding back to parents/carers at Parent/Teacher evenings.
● Undertaking professional learning and engaging in staff development days and faculty meetings in order to progress and improve as a teacher
Role: Languages Teacher and Student Coordinator
School: Finigan School of Distance Education
Dates: January 2017 - (granted leave without pay for 2 years – return date April 2021)
Summary of Work: Teaching French and Italian to students aged 12-18 via correspondence and technologies including video-conference software and being a first point of contact to S1 aged students and their parents.
● Teaching French and Italian to 50 students from a variety of backgrounds with various capabilities via various technologies
● Implementing a range of technologies, including Moodle, Google Classroom, Google forms, voice-recording software, quiz-makers, PowerPoint and Screencast-O-Matic to develop, design, plan and implement both a Stage 5 and Stage 6 French course.
●Using Drop Bins (similar to Turn It In) within Virtual Learning Environments to collect submitted assessments tasks and weekly work, and to provide feedback and marks.
●Developing and preparing assessment tasks, both hard-copy and virtual, via Moodle, and setting restrictions using passcodes with regard to time, date, number of attempts etc
●Updating course materials and information (online and hard copy) including supporting documentation, assessment schedules and eligibility criteria, in keeping with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) rules and regulations.
● Conducting school visits and developing engaging face-to-face lessons for groups of students, and using classroom management strategies to ensure all students can learn to the best of their ability
● Engaging and liaising with parents, supervisors and schools of students, additionally, as a Student Coordinator, acting as first point of contact for newly enrolled S1 aged students and their families re: workload, concerns, submission of work etc.
● Assessing student progress through the use of assessment of and for learning and writing individualised reports on student outcomes and progress.
Role: Links to Learning Program Facilitator
Schools: Boorowa Central School, Crookwell High School, Yass High School, Young High School, all in rural NSW via Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre
Dates: July 2016 – January 2017
Summary of Work : Teaching a re-engagement program to rural/remote students with social and behaviour difficulties to encourage them to remain in school.
● Creating engaging and interactive lesson plans and activities for students to re-engage them in classroom learning
● Effective classroom management, including explicit instruction, positive praise, giving jobs and responsibilities to easily distracted students to keep them on task, and active supervision.
● Maintaining student engagement through varied learning activities, including games, videos, worksheets, sport and local excursions.
● Meeting the needs of all students and their individual needs
● Creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment at all times
● Organising guest speakers and visitors to visit schools and speak on a variety of content (a forensic scientist, a rivers and wildlife specialist, a beauty therapist, an events manager etc.)
● Organising and conducting educational and relevant excursions for students to attend (to a local nursing home, to a local property to plant water plants, to local historical sites)
Role: French Teaching Intern and Casual (Supply) Teacher
School: Randwick Boys’ High School
Dates: October 2015 – July 2016
Summary of Work : Covering a variety of subjects as a supply teacher, and short-term contract work.
● Teaching different year groups and classes in a variety of subjects on a day-to day basis
● Consistently integrating technology into the classroom, including Google Classroom, YouTube and SmartBoard use.
● Delivering planned lessons and/or developing lesson plans on short notice with limited resources.
● Performing additional duties, including roll call, playground duty and house sport supervision
Role: Out of School Hours (OOSH) Educator
School: Randwick Public School OOSH
Dates: April 2015 – July 2016
Summary of Work : Providing after school care to primary school aged children.
● Providing care and supervising free play for students aged 5-12
● Supervising and leading excursions during school holiday program
● Developing and conducting engaging, appropriate and productive activities for students including art and craft, game playing and cooking
● Providing additional support for a student with Autism one afternoon a week, including helping him to engage with other children, to express his needs/emotions and to mediate negative behaviour.
● Conducting tutoring workshops and homework help for students aged 5 – 12, across a range of disciplines, including maths, reading and spelling, creative writing and science.
Role: English (School Subject) Tutor
Workplace: Top of the Class Tuition
Dates: February 2015 – July 2016
Summary of Work: This is a well-renowned home tutoring agency in Sydney that caters to both primary and high school aged students across a range of subjects.
● Providing individually tailored, high quality homework help to high school students, including students completing their Higher School Certificate
● Liaising with students’ parents and teachers to keep them informed as to their child’s progress via email correspondence and end of term reports.
OTHER WORK HISTORY
Role: Administration Assistant / Receptionist
Workplace: Axios Systems via Search Consultancy
Dates: June 2019 – October 2019
Summary of Work: front-of-house/receptionist role at an international IT firm in Edinburgh’s West End. Was initially employed on a 6-week contract but was asked to stay for four months and train new staff in the role. Wrote an induction pack for new reception staff
• Reception duties/managing phones and the switchboard
• Managing an administration email inbox, including forwarding queries to correct areas and providing responses on behalf of my supervisor.
• Organising meetings and conferences, preparing and collating information, including meeting papers, as well as co-ordinates logistics for accommodation, transport and entertainment activities
• Managing calendar for meeting rooms
• Arranging catering and any other requirements for business colleagues, suppliers and customers covering all departments
• Ordering & manage all stationery and office supplies, and sending mail via courier
• Printing & sending training material to customers
• Performing any other administrative duties as required
Role: Executive Assistant and Branch Liaison Officer
Workplace: Department of Social Services, Canberra, ACT
Dates: August 2013 – February 2015
Summary of Work: Prior to commencing study of my Master of Teaching (Secondary), I was employed as a permanent civil servant at the Federal Department of Social Services.
● Telephone reception, liaising and negotiating with external stakeholders and members of the public,
● Managing the Branch Manager’s diary, workload and travel arrangements based on changing priorities
● Supervision of an email inbox, tracking requests and ensuring responses met specified timeframes
● Drafting and providing input for ministerial submissions and email responses.
● Booking and organising meetings and functions on behalf of my Branch Manager, including catering, parking spaces and guest reception.
● Additional administrative tasks, including collating meeting papers, minute-taking and drafting and distributing meeting minutes.
Role: Departmental Officer
Workplace: Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, ACT
Dates: December 2011 - August 2013
Summary of Work: After returning from travelling, I gained employment as a part-time contracted civil servant, working in the Home and Community Care Branch of The Federal Department of Health and Ageing while completing my undergraduate degree. I was made permanent and full-time in this role after completing my university studies.
• Maintenance of an internal email inbox for interaction with our State Offices regarding policy and program questions
• Drafting and development of internal factsheets and guidelines pertaining to the running of the Commonwealth HACC Program
• Writing Committee Papers and Briefs under the guidance of my supervisor and director
• Acting as the secretariat for various working groups, coordinating meetings, agendas and minute taking.
• Generation and quality assurance of service provider funding agreements
• Maintenance of online funding agreement correspondence with service providers
Travelled around Europe from July 2011 – December 2011
Role: Communications Officer
Workplace: Fenner Hall (Fenner Residents’ Committee)
Dates: January 2010 – December 2010
Summary of Work: This was an elected, remunerated role I held at my residential hall in my second year of my undergraduate degree. I was an executive member of the Fenner Residents’ Committee.
● Chairing both a Communications and Yearbook Subcommittee of ten people, as well as minute-taking for the weekly Fenner Residents’ Committee meetings.
● Delivering a weekly college newsletter that I edited, contributed to and formatted using Photoshop and InDesign, as well as the maintenance of a college website and Facebook page.
● Project managing and delivering the Yearbook “Osgiliath” by editing and writing articles, formatting and collating annual reports, student profiles and photo collages.
Workplace: Gloria Jean’s Coffee
Dates: February 2009 – July 2011
Summary of Work: This is a chain coffee shop where I worked for two years while studying full- time at the Australian National University in Canberra.
● Customer service, making coffee, cold drinks and hot food
● As Assistant Manager, I was responsible for closing the store in the evenings, counting out the float, doing the banking and managing staff and shifts.
Workplace: Hansel and Gretel, Phillip, ACT
Dates: October 2008 – July 2009
Summary of Work: This is a family owned coffee shop where I worked after returning home from traveling/working as an au pair in Belgium during my gap year.
● Customer Service, handling money and waiting tables.
● Making coffee, cold drinks and hot food
● Packaging foods, including sweets and nuts
Role: Live in Au Pair and Maid
Workplace: Private Family Home, Brussels, Belgium.
Dates: January 2008 – October 2008
Summary of Work: I worked for an Australian family in Belgium for 9 months during my gap year after finishing my Higher School Certificate (HSC). Also travelled around Europe during this time.
● Childcare ( Daily care for a 3-year-old girl)
● Homework supervision and piano tuition for two older children (11 and 13)
● Household tasks/chores : grocery shopping and cooking for the family, laundry, cleaning, accompanying older children to pony camp as their guardian.
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