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Bryan
« Perfect! Caroline is quite an exceptional teacher. She is adept at constructing lessons to make the most effective use of time while maintaining an atmosphere of care and humour which makes the work so much more enjoyable. It is difficult to believe that I could be so lucky as to find an absolute treasure and I do look forward to each new lesson. »
£25/h
1st lesson free!
Profile and degree verified
Response Time 3h
Lessons offered by Caroline
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • French
  • Oral expression - French
  • Oral comprehension - French
  • Written comprehension -French
  • Vocabulary - French
  • Written expression - French
Levels
  • All Levels

Learn French with an experienced teacher (20 years of experience) & native speaker

Methodology

​I teach students of all ages, from 7 to 77! My task is to adapt to their interests and needs, to create classes they not only enjoy, but which give them confidence to express themselves in a new language.

I use a wide range of methods, books and supports (videos, films, podcasts, websites, among others) to make the class engaging and give a break from grammar. I provide a list of reference books and links and, where necessary, detailed teaching programmes. If they are passionate about cars or wines, our lessons will revolve around those topics. If they love movies, I will encourage them to watch movies and read movie magazines in the language they're learning, because it means half the work is done already in terms of comprehension.

I always start by explaining what language learning means and the key differences between the mother tongue and the language they're studying, because I believe my students need to understand the logic of a language to study it. I focus in equal measure on all four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - to ensure an even and more effective learning process.

What I enjoy the most is what I call the ‘light-bulb moments’, when students speak, forgetting the fact that they're using a different language and, floored by the realisation a couple of sentences later, break into a huge grin. I teach to empower my students with language and make them independent, confident speakers. Nothing makes me happier than to see them speak confidently in the new language they've worked hard at acquiring.

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''Caroline is quite an exceptional teacher. She is adept at constructing lessons to make the most effective use of time while maintaining an tmosphere of care and humour which makes the work so much more enjoyable.''
Bryan Ward

''Caroline is a truly engaging tutor. Her love for languages and teaching
is clearly evident with her enthusiastic and fun method of delivery. After
a few failed to learn French since school, she gave me the confidence
and belief that I could succeed. Unlike previous tutors, this was not just a job for her, but a vocation! She's always quick to help and respond outside class. Inspirational!''
Clive S.

'I've been learning French with Caroline for over a year now and can definitely say she's a superb tutor, who does her best to tailor the sessions to her student's needs. Extremely intelligent, so you'll never run out of topics to discuss.'
Liuba K.

'Caroline is an excellent teacher. In my experience, she cares about my future in studying French at university. She's passionate at boosting confidence when needed.'
Ella F.

''Caroline is a wonderful teacher. I really feel that she works hard to understand me as an individual, how I learn and how to challenge me in a productive way. Lessons are fun and she is an interesting and warm person, who really understands how to teach languages. I would definitely recommend her.''
Lyndsay R.

'Caroline has helped me progressed so much through the last year. She's patient and very good at explaining ideas and concepts that I find difficult in a way that makes them much more accessible to me. I always feel comfortable and supported in her lessons and would highly recommend her as a teacher.'
Nuala A.

''Caroline makes conversational French accessible. The way she teaches French equips you with the tools you need to get talking almost immediately! Her teaching also gives you a good big-picture sense of the French language, and the rules that govern it, which makes self-study easier. I would highly recommend her as a French tutor.''
Hanna Z.

''I was part of a small group Caroline tutored in French earlier this year. Caroline has a great focus on getting people talking in French and gaining confidence in the language. Her knowledge of teaching and supporting learners is her greatest attribute. Great empathy with students – highly recommended.''
Ian M.

'Caroline makes me feel engaged and supported. Her classes are fun
and, with her, grammar becomes easy! I now feel confident enough to converse with native speakers.'
Stefano Lombardi

‘Caroline completely built up my confidence and inspired me to really want to learn French and keep on learning it. I learnt so much in such a short amount of time, I wish she could be my teacher for ever.’
Thea Dansie

Don't hesitate to send me a message if you have any questions.

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Caroline will plan your first lesson with care.

Background

I was born and raised in Paris and I have been living in the UK since 2003. I started speaking English at the age of seven, studied English, Latin and Russian at school and I now speak fluent Italian. I'm passionate about languages and the language learning process. I have 18 years of teaching experience at university, in language schools and giving private tuition. I am used to teaching students of all ages and levels, in groups or in one-to-one sessions, preparing them for various exams, including GCSE French, job interviews, move to France.

I have worked for two educational publishers and trained many colleagues and employees (content management systems, website editing programmes, editing and writing documents etc).

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £25/h
Lessons offered by Caroline
Individual
The lessons will be held
at her home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • French
  • Oral expression - French
  • Oral comprehension - French
  • Written comprehension -French
  • Vocabulary - French
  • Written expression - French
Levels
  • All Levels

Caroline's CV

English & French Teacher (freelance) - Since April 2011
Preparation for exams, interviews and moves to France.

Adele Private Language School - Feb. 1998 - March 1999
Teaching English and French as foreign languages.

Paris XII University - Sept. 1997 - Jan. 2000
Junior Lecturer teaching English as a foreign language to postgraduate law students.

I also teach creative writing:

From Idea to Story: Novel Writing Made Easy - online creative writing course (concealed information)

Cambridge Community Arts/ Workers Educational Association - since Feb. 2017
Running creative writing courses and workshops.

Creative Writing Mentor (freelance) - Since May 2016
Running creative writing workshops and mentoring writers with their work (short stories, novels).

Full CV: (concealed information)

QUALIFICATIONS

Postgraduate Diploma in English Literature at Jussieu University (1996).

Master of Philosophy in Textual and Visual Studies at Trinity College Dublin with First Class Honours (1996).

MA in English Literature at Nanterre University with Second Class Honours (1994/95)

One Year Erasmus Exchange Programme at Glasgow University.
Major: “Shakespearean literature and romantic literature”.

13 reviews on Caroline
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Bryan

Perfect! Caroline is quite an exceptional teacher. She is adept at constructing lessons to make the most effective use of time while maintaining an atmosphere of care and humour which makes the work so much more enjoyable. It is difficult to believe that I could be so lucky as to find an absolute treasure and I do look forward to each new lesson.

Caroline's response

Bryan is a joy to teach. He's keen to learn and curious about the language learning process, about France and French culture.

12 recommendations

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Jane

Caroline was a great tutor who really helped improve my French grammar and conversation. Very reliable and highly recommended.

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Hanna

Caroline makes conversational French accessible. The way that she teaches French equips you with the tools you need to get talking almost immediately! Her teaching also gives you a good big-picture sense of the French language, and the rules that govern it, which makes self study easier. I would highly recommend her as a French tutor.

C
Clive

Caroline is a truly engaging tutor. Her love for languages and teaching is clearly evident with her enthusiastic and fun method of delivery. After a few failed attempts to learn french since school, she gave me the confidence and belief that I could succeed. Unlike previous tutors, this was not just a job for her but a vocation! She always is quick to help and respond outside class. Inspirational!

I
Ian

I was part of a small group Caroline tutored in French earlier this year. Caroline has a great focus on getting people talking in French and gaining confidence in the language. Her knowledge of teaching and supporting learners is her greatest attribute. Great empathy with students - highly recommended.

E
Ellora

Caroline is an excellent teacher. In my experience, she cares about my future in studying French at university.
She’s passionate at boosting confidence when needed. Also, she helps improve any weakness whether it be grammar or simply poor organisation skills. She is always chatty and welcoming.

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Liuba

I've been learning French with Caroline for over a year now and can definitely say she is a superb tutor, who does her best to tailor the sessions to her student's needs. Extremely intelligent, so you'll never run out of topics to discuss.

N
Nuala

Caroline has helped me progress so much through the last year: she is patient and very good at explaining ideas and concepts that I find difficult in a way that makes them much more accessible to me. I always feel comfortable and supported in her lessons and would highly recommend her as a teacher.

L
Lyndsay

Caroline is a wonderful teacher. I really feel that she works hard to understand me as an individual, how I learn and how to challenge me in a productive way. Lessons are fun and she is an interesting and warm person, who really understands how to teach languages. I would definitely recommend her.

Nat

I know Caroline from the Cambridge Community Arts Creative Writing course she was teaching.

Caroline is an extremely encouraging, supportive tutor who really helped me feel inspired and nurtured my creativity.

I would definitely recommend Caroline to help bring out that inner creative in you!

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Thea

I met Caroline a week and a half before my French A-level oral exam, and she completely built up my confidence and inspired me to really want to learn the language and keep on learning it. I learnt so much in such a short amount of time, I wish she could be my tutor for ever THANK YOU Caroline! Thea xxx

Interview with Caroline

QUESTION 01 | 08
Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?
Caroline — I speak fluent French because I am a native speaker, fluent English because I fell in love with the language when I was seven years old and Italian because I love the culture and country.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
Caroline — That's a hard question for any culture and any language! I would say Albert Camus for France, Jane Austen for England and Leonardo Da Vinci for Ital
QUESTION 03 | 08
Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behavior in the language that you particularly like?
Caroline — I love idioms because they can reveal a lot about the culture and psyche of a country. My favourites are: 'Chercher midi à quatorze heures' (literally, 'to search for noon at 2pm', meaning to complicate things needlessly), 'devil's advocate' (to be against an idea many support, in order to make people discuss and consider it in more detail) and 'toccare il ciel con un dito' (literally, 'to touch the sky with a finger', meaning to walk on air).

And my favourite French tradition is offering lily of the valley to loved ones on the first of May (May day).
QUESTION 04 | 08
Why does speaking this language matter to you?
Caroline — Every new language I speak is an opportunity for me to broaden my horizons, learn new things and speak to more people.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
Caroline — Letting go of one's own mother tongue, especially if the languages have different roots, like English and French.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school
Caroline — I always tell my students that not knowing the word they want to use is not the end of communication, that it's up to them to figure out a way to express the idea in a different way and that, in the process, they will practise the language far more than if they had known the word from the very beginning.

To illustrate such an idea, I tell them the story of how I went to a supermarket in Glasgow to buy a mop, except I had no idea what a mop was in English. I was a post-graduate student at Glasgow University, studying Shakespeare, and I couldn't ask for a mop! So I asked for 'a piece of cloth you dip in a bucket of water in order to wash the floor'. 'A mop' replied the shopkeeper, before directing me to the relevant aisle. It might not have been the most concise way to express myself, but in the end my kitchen and bathroom floors were clean!
QUESTION 07 | 08
How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
Caroline — I first went to Britain when I was seven and, subsequently, twice to three times a year. By the time I was thirteen, I already spoke English. That said, I learned Italian while living in the UK and ended up meeting many Italians in Cambridge. Also, I always tell my students that, thanks to the Internet, there are countless resources to practise a language from a different country.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof in language?
Caroline — I offer a safe space to my students, I support and encourage them and I empower them with language by explaining what it means to learn a language and by making grammar accessible. I am their 'superchampion' and I enjoy every minute of our lessons.

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