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Charlotte
« Laura is a highly competent and professional tutor who has extensive... More »
C
Charlotte
« Laura is a highly competent and professional tutor who has extensive knowledge of the Spanish language. Her ability to teach and guide her students through the minefield of verbs, tenses and vocabulary is exceptional. Laura is patient and thorough, building confidence and instilling enthusiasm in her students. I have no hesitation in recommending her. »
£30/h
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Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Laura
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
Levels
  • All Levels

Laura - Loughton & Shenley - Spanish

Methodology

Friendly, approachable highly experienced Spanish Teacher and Examiner/Moderator for AQA, WJEB, and CIE.
AS/A2 level online Spanish Tuition and exam prep
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- Which subject(s) do you teach?

Spanish AS and A2
AQA Specialist
Translation studies at degree level (Qualified Interpreter and Translator)

- Tell me about your qualifications.

BA hons Hispanics, University of Wales,
PGDIP Traducción e interpretación, Universidad de Alicante, Spain, PGDIP Traducción e Interpretación Simultánea.
MA Traducción e interpretación, Universidad de Alicante, Spain, PGDIP Traducción e Interpretación Consecutiva.
MBA University of Wales
TESOL

- How much do you charge?

ONLINE TUITION - ONE TO ONE
£30 per hour - Skype tuition.
Payment is in blocks of 4 after the first class.
Cancellation is non-chargeable provided there is more than 24 hours notice, under 24 hours notice the fee is non-refundable.
Rescheduling of classes not a problem at a time which is mutually convenient (I understand life happens and sometimes things need to be changed!, this is not a problem).

GROUP TUITION
£35 per hour for groups of children - minimum 5 children or more (£7 per child if 5 children), rate increases as numbers increase - maximum of 10 children per class.
Payment by bank transfer or paypal

BUSINESS TUITION
Spanish for business purposes £50 per hour + travel expenses. Please email to request further information.

ADULT LEARNERS
£70 per half term per adult, group size max 12 adults. Weeks per term is 6. Courses can be consecutive, or non consecutive, the class can be tailored to the wishes of the group.
Class lasts for 90 minutes and break is 30 minutes in total - so total time needed per session is 2 hours.
I will be happy to discuss setting up evening classes in Milton Keynes for groups of adults provided the group has no less than 7 students, if you contact me I can discuss venues wit you for your group.

- Where do you teach?

ONLINE TUITION FOR AS / A2 students
Some availability for attended tuition in Milton Keynes, max of 4 Students for AS/A2.

**********PLEASE NOTE: *******************
GROUP RATES FOR CHILDREN ARE £35 PER CLASS, MINIMUM OF 5 CHILDREN.
The reason for this is to make the hourly rate accessible to parents.
Maximum numbers for a group of children age 4-6 is 6, and with 6 children the hourly rate is *£39 (£6.50 per class per student).
The fees are to be paid HALF TERMLY in advance, each half term will be a different fee as there are less weeks in some terms.
No classes during the term time holidays.
PLEASE GO TO: (concealed information)

*Please note: I will not enter into negotiations over my rates for children's classes. Please do not contact me if you are planning to barter over rates. Many thanks

- When are you available?

Daytime:
Tuesday - 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 10am - 1pm
Thursday 10am - 2pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Evening:
Monday, Tuesday, 7pm - 9pm
Thursday, Friday 6pm-9pm
Weekends:
Saturday 10am - 1 pm
Sunday 9am - 11am, 7pm - 9pm

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

Currently only working with the following levels:
AS
A2
Oxbridge candidates
University level
Adults
Children in after school clubs (see website: (concealed information)

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

AS level - AQA or CIE, can also prepare for WJEB or Edexcel
A2 level - AQA or CIE, can also prepare for WJEB or Edexcel
GCSE, IGCSE - For GCSE / IGCSE I will only work with students who really want a Tutor, online tuition requires greater concentration than face-to-face tuition, so it is helpful to have the student fully on board with the idea of having a Tutor.

Oxbridge candidates, pre University entrance exams
University level
IB

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

Skype

- Do you have a personal message for students?

There are no short cuts! if you want to be able to communicate well in Spanish, you have to know the grammar! Nevertheless, Spanish grammar is not as daunting as it looks, it is very logical and regular, you don't have to be a master linguist to "get it"!
What are my 3 golden rules for learning Spanish?
1. Learn the basics well - drilling grammar, learning the sounds phonetically and the repetition of new vocabulary will give your Spanish a much stronger foundation.
2. Learn to love the verbs! they are your friend when it comes to becoming proficient in Spanish
3. Have fun! Spanish native speakers are always helpful and encouraging of anyone making an effort to learn their beautiful language - so don't worry about making mistakes, Spanish native speakers will help you along!

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

15 years of Spanish teaching in various schools, in Spain and in the UK. Was EFL Teacher and Oral Examiner for CIE IGCSE EFL in Spain Have taught Spanish from Nursery level to post A level.
Experience of CIE, AQA, WJEB and EDEXCEL boards for GCSE, IGCSE, AS, A2 Oral Examiner for CIE, WJEB and AQA boards at GCSE/IGCSE and AS/A2 Coursework Moderator for CIE, AQA at GCSE/IGCSE and AS/A2.
I am a qualified Translator and Interpreter and undertake freelance translation and interpreting projects for governmental bodies and medical institutions.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Up-to-date DBS cert, renewed in July 2014
Public liability insurance

- Where and with whom did you train?

Universidad de Alicante, Spain (MA, PGdip)
University of Wales (BA hons, MBA)
Trinity College TESOL

- Tell me about some of your current students.

My students are based all over the country. Some are at boarding schools and work with me in their free periods from their school dormitories or library. Some work with me after school from their homes. I also have students in Croatia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore, which means I am accustomed to working with students at unusual times of day!
I also work with local Milton Keynes Primary schools where I teach extra curricular Spanish to Primary children.

Demand for my A level tuition is quite high and I am selective about which students I will work with, as I have learned over the years that if a student is not fully onboard with the idea of having a Tutor, the tuition is less successful for the student in question.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £30/h
Lessons offered by Laura
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
Levels
  • All Levels

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £30/h

Laura's CV

• BA Hons Hispanics (Wales)
• MBA (Wales), MA (Universidad de Alicante, Spain), PG dip (UA Spain). Cert. Tesol (Trinity)
• Enhanced

7 reviews on Laura
  • 5/5

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7 recommendations

C
Charlotte

Laura is a highly competent and professional tutor who has extensive knowledge of the Spanish language. Her ability to teach and guide her students through the minefield of verbs, tenses and vocabulary is exceptional. Laura is patient and thorough, building confidence and instilling enthusiasm in her students. I have no hesitation in recommending her.

L
Leah

Laura is always a friendly-face. Her encouraging but practical manner has enabled me to achieve the best of my ability. Prior to starting with Laura I lacked confidence with my oral but she has taught me to be more daring with my Spanish, and my confidence has grown. As regards to the 'virtual' aspect of the lessons, I would encourage anyone to do learn this way it as it provides for a practical and simple way of learning a language.

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Elizabeth

I started lessons with Laura in April 2012 so she could help me in my AS exam, She has been fantastic and I ended up getting an A in the exam, that I couldn't have achieved without her. I now do Skype with Laura and we get a lot done. The sessions are very personalised. She has a huge wealth of resources that we use and her experience as a teacher and examiner means that she works alongside your course at school.

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