I specialise in accent softening for those with a good level of English as a second language. I flag individual sounds that each client needs to address. I will provide some written notes on specific sounds that need work, explaining how to make the sound and providing examples to practice. Each lesson consists of introducing a few sounds that need work, the "th" sound for example, and we spend time making sure they are pronounced correctly in context. We then look at text and normal conversation and try to input what's been learned into speech. Often, where English isn't the first language, there is also some work to be done on the pronunciation of spellings that are the same but signal different sounds, such as the "oo" in "book" and the "oo" in "boot". Depending on your requirements, I tend to only focus on sounds that might cause the meanings of words to be confused, striving for a clearer version of your own accent. I have also helped actors who want full RP accents.
What you get: worksheets; individual vocal assessment; time to practice and consolidate (if you want it); classes at your own pace.
To teach English using a range of techniques which I tailor to the client's needs. I have experience preparing clients for the SELT certificate and B1 English exam which focuses on spoken English. This includes devising topics, constructing sentences relevant to the topic and practicing conversation while I make corrections I also am happy to read and correct written English, but I'm sure to explain why I have made my corrections as I go.
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I obtained my BA in acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, one of the UK's top drama schools. I have 3 As at A level and 7 As-A*s, 2 Bs and a C at GCSE level, including an A* in English and A in Science. I am currently studying Psychology at Birkbeck university, with a view to eventually specialise in Educational Psychology.
As an actress I have been trained by many vocal coaches and have gone on to train others in how to speak confidently and assertively. I also received three years of training in Received Pronunciation as part of my degree, knowledge that is essential for anyone wishing to soften an accent.
As a teacher I have my own business, (concealed information) teaching drama, LAMDA and confidence building with a strong focus on voice and interpersonal skills. I lead workshops in many capacities for schools, youth groups and stage schools focusing on varying disciplines such as Shakespeare, improvisation, puppetry and drama school preparation.
As an actress, I've performed in top UK theatres and for the BBC. I have also directed and developed work for Theatre West and am a member of the Young Vic Directors' Program. I know about drama school auditions and can advise you on the dos and don'ts, the speech choices, speech delivery and interviews as you navigate the exciting audition process.
I offer a half an hour free consultation over Skype, (even if you plan on face to face regular sessions). In this time we will form a study plan together and I can assess how best to use our time. For accent softening, I will send some material prior to this session and ask you to read it aloud so that I can assess which sounds need attention.
2009-2012 Bristol Old Vic Theatre School BA (Hons) Degree: Acting
2002- 2009 Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School GSCEs: 1 C, 2 Bs, 7 A-A*
A Level, Art & Design: A
Philosophy & Ethics: A
Drama & Theatre Studies: A
Current Post Grad Study | Birkbeck University Biological Basis of Behaviour
Foundations of Modern Psychology
I am taking these modules with a view to do a Masters and eventually become an Educational Psychologist.
Other Qualifications & Certificates:
Paediatric First Aid trained
2017 – Present Amplify Classes
My own business, running drama classes for children and young people. The classes use drama techniques to boost confidence and enhance skills that are applicable to all areas of life and study. We use fun exercises that help young people to find their voice, stay focused and work together as a group. The classes are designed not only to enhance creativity and interpersonal skills, but are reported by parents to improve confidence and behaviour.
As well as Saturday classes, I provide workshops for youth groups and schools, tailor made to suit the needs of a specific group. For example I recently ran some workshops for a young carers group in Barnet. Please see the website for more details on the classes.
As part of Amplify I also tutor drama school preparation and LAMDA privately.
Key duties include:
Delivering fun & engaging drama workshops for ages 4-8 and 9-15
Managing the Accounts
Communicating with parents.
2015 – Present
A Team Arts/Tower Hamlet’s Council
Puppeteer & Workshop facilitator.
Delivering education on Sexual Exploitation to schools and youth groups, including vulnerable students and those with Special Educational Needs.
2016 – Present Career Legal
I work as a Front of House receptionist in legal offices around London.
2016 Brentwood Ursuline High School Teacher
Delivered tuition to A level Drama & Theatre Studies students.
For a full list of my acting credits see (concealed information)
Fern Street Settlement
I have volunteered many times at Fern Street Community Centre. My favourite project was helping to set up and run StagE3 which offers free drama classes for children.
Perfect! Highly recommend, Francesca very quickly identified issues within assessment and gave good written information and tuition to resolve. She is very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher.
Excellent! First of all, I am really thankful to Francesca, that within a very short time, she managed to prepared my friend for her B1 SELT exam. Few things I must say about her that, she is always well prepared for the lesson and understand the learner's need very well. I really appreciate her support and strongly recommended her as an English teacher.
Ikhtiar recommended me to a friend who I have been tutoring B1 English. It's going very well and I'm thankful to him for setting it up.
Perfect! Francesca is an excellent tutor. She responded quickly to my emails and was always on time for each lesson. Her approach of teaching is flexible and based on the person. She approached every lesson prepared with learning materials to help me progress quicker and answered all of my questions. I would highly recommend.
Jemal is a brilliant student and I enjoyed our first lesson.
Francesca is both reliable and inspirational. She has single handedly set up a theatre training academy in East London that strives to give children from lower income backgrounds the same access to the arts as their more privileged counterparts. Francesca approaches each lesson with a great deal of intelligence, creativity and passion and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to students studying at any level.
Francesca is a fantastic tutor. She responded quickly to my emails and was always on time for each lesson. She was extremely knowledgeable and provided lots of learning material to help me progress quicker than I had imagined. Highly recommended.
Francesca is a fantastic acting teacher and I couldn’t recommend her enough. She instantly makes you feel at ease and is really supportive.
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