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Ikhtiar
« Excellent! First of all, I am really thankful to Francesca, that within a very... More »
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Ikhtiar
« 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. »
£40/h
1st lesson free!
Profile and degree verified
Response Time 6h
Lessons offered by Francesca
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESOL (English)
  • Oral expression - English
  • Written comprehension - English
  • Oral comprehension - English
  • Written expression - English
  • Accent Reduction-English
Levels
  • All Levels

Native English Speaker, Language Teacher and Accent Softening Specialist with 6 years teaching experience. BA Hons Degree in Acting, straight As at A level. Experienced in SELT exam preparation.

Methodology

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

Background

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.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £5
Rate for online lessons : £30/h

Details

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.

For face to face sessions, I recommend meeting in your office, in libraries or coffee shops in central or East London. I am willing to meet at your home or to hold sessions in my own home after the introductory session, but please note that I charge £5 to travel beyond 45 minutes from my own house via public transport.

Lessons offered by Francesca
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESOL (English)
  • Oral expression - English
  • Written comprehension - English
  • Oral comprehension - English
  • Written expression - English
  • Accent Reduction-English
Levels
  • All Levels

Francesca's CV

Education

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
 DBS Approved

Employment
2017 – Present Amplify Classes
(concealed information)
Manager/Teacher
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:
 Lesson Planning
 Delivering fun & engaging drama workshops for ages 4-8 and 9-15
 Managing the Accounts
 Website Design
 Advertising
 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
Office Temp

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.

Acting Work
For a full list of my acting credits see (concealed information)

2015-2017
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.

7 reviews on Francesca
  • 4.9/5

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

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.

Francesca's response

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.

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Jemal

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.

Francesca's response

Jemal is a brilliant student and I enjoyed our first lesson.

5 recommendations

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Benedict

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.

Mark

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.

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Victoria

Francesca is a fantastic acting teacher and I couldn’t recommend her enough. She instantly makes you feel at ease and is really supportive.

Interview with Francesca

QUESTION 01 | 08
Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?
Francesca — English is my native language, though I studied dialects and accents when I trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. A third of my degree was focused on voice work and I learned not only how to speak clearly but discovered the biological mechanisms that produce speech and how to maneuver them in order to create the desired pronunciation. I trained in R.P. or "Received Pronunciation" which is the neutral English accent. Beyond getting A* grades in English language and literature at school, I went on to study modern and classical text in depth during my degree.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
Francesca — Shakespeare - I love Shakespeare's plays and poetry and think it's brilliant that his work is still taught in British schools.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behaviour in the language that you particularly like?
Francesca — It wasn't until I started teaching English and accent softening, that I realised we Brits use the word "pop" in a variety of colloquial ways. I've had a few students report that they've been in work places where phrases such as "pop it on my desk" or "I need to pop upstairs" have been used. Now I think about it, it is a strange use of the word, which more traditionally refers to a small explosion!
QUESTION 04 | 08
Why does speaking this language matter to you?
Francesca — I live in London where a diverse range of languages are spoken and I'm impressed the multitudes of people who speak English as a second language. It's important to celebrate language as it's how we communicate, make friends, express our feelings and it's important to the working world.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
Francesca — English has lots of rules which are helpful to the learner, but in some respects it's also lawless which is less than helpful. Where "oo" is pronounced one way for the word "foot", it's pronounced another for the word "food". Words like this have identical or similar sounding consonants and the pronunciation of "oo" is therefore really important, to avoid confusion in meaning. In addition to this, there are some sounds that are unfamiliar to some languages, such as the voiced "th". I've worked with a lot of clients on the "th" sound.

Another difficulty with the English language can be the different tenses. This one is important for those preparing for B1 SELT exams.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.
Francesca — English is my native language so I don't have an anecdote about learning it. However I did once work for the English Speaking Theatre in Hamburg. We'd often have school trips watch the show, "The Importance of Being Earnest". They came because they were studying English as a second language, and often very good at it! There were lots of phrases or words that were specific to era and style of the play such as "shilly-shally," which means to act indecisively. This particular word would always warrant laughter from the audience - it became such a trigger for laughter that we'd have to fight to keep a straight face on stage.
QUESTION 07 | 08
How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
Francesca — Living in London and working alongside people with English as a second language has helped me to understand how the language is learned and viewed from the perspective of the learner.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof in language?
Francesca — I like to jump straight into teaching at the start of the class. This sounds like a given, but it would be all too easy to warm into it, losing a good five minutes of the session. The lesson time is precious and I'd rather spend it constructively than spend time booking in a next class or any practicalities. This may mean that organisation happens over email.

I put a lot of time into planning lessons and have built up a lot of resources to aid classes. Specifically, I have found ways to teach individual sounds that can throw those who want to work on accent and pronunciation. For most sounds, I have a word document which lists the different spelling variants, the possible pitfalls and the mechanics of how to make the sounds. I provide practice methods and materials, such as sentences that use a specific vowel or consonant frequently. I also allow people to record my voice if it is helpful.

For SELT exams, recording my voice has aided students as they try to use conjunctions and get into a rhythm of natural speech. By B1 level, sentence structure should not be stunted and listening to someone speak about the specific points of a student's chosen topic can be of use. Listening to the radio or television can help, but nothing can replace a one-to-one session in which students' individual topics are addressed.

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