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Catherine
« Marianne has been teaching me regularly now for 4 months. I really... More »
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Catherine
« Marianne has been teaching me regularly now for 4 months. I really enjoy Marianne's teaching style, she is very patient and great at explaining grammar and vocabulary points. The lessons are planned and structured according to my ability, and extra homework is set in between the lessons. I've also learnt a lot about France as a country in these lessons! Looking forward to more in the future! »
£30/h
1st lesson free!
Profile and degree verified
Response Time 3h
Lessons offered by Marianne
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Oral expression - French
  • Oral comprehension - French
  • Written comprehension -French
  • Vocabulary - French
  • Written expression - French
  • Accent reduction-French
Levels
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

Native French speaker with teaching experience and qualifications teaches in Saffron Walden

Methodology

I mix a variety of resources, depending on what works best for you. After an initial assessment of your needs and learning preferences, I write a step-by-step plan to help you reach your goals, including revision and auto-evaluation.

Ambassador

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

Experience

I have been giving private and group lessons for 20 years. Last year, L. achieved 8 in his French GCSE whilst H., an adult, has been preparing to complete a translation diploma and I taught about 30 adults in groups.


Rates

Rate for online lessons : £30/h
Lessons offered by Marianne
Individual
The lessons will be held
at her home
Taught subjects
  • Oral expression - French
  • Oral comprehension - French
  • Written comprehension -French
  • Vocabulary - French
  • Written expression - French
  • Accent reduction-French
Levels
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate
  • Masters
  • Diploma
  • Doctorate
  • A1
  • A2
  • B1
  • B2
  • C1
  • C2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids

12 reviews on Marianne
  • 5/5

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12 recommendations

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Catherine

Marianne has been teaching me regularly now for 4 months. I really enjoy Marianne's teaching style, she is very patient and great at explaining grammar and vocabulary points. The lessons are planned and structured according to my ability, and extra homework is set in between the lessons. I've also learnt a lot about France as a country in these lessons! Looking forward to more in the future!

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Catrin

I found Marianne on Superprof after quite a brief search on Google. I read her reviews, saw that she was well-qualified and I had an instinct that she would be a good teacher. So far I have had three lessons on Zoom and they have all been excellent. I particularly like the variety of learning tasks - whether it's listening, looking at a video, checking some grammar - and the hour-long lessons go very quickly! Marianne gives me the confidence to have a go at speaking French even when I'm not entirely sure I'm saying the right thing! For me, that is one of the best ways to learn. Each lesson is very well-planned and I enjoy the tasks she sets for me to do in between lessons. After only 3 lessons, I already feel like I'm improving. I recommend Marianne without hesitation.

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Krista

I have been tutored by Marianne for the past ten months and I cannot speak highly enough of her tuition. Her lessons are well paced to encourage my comprehension of the language plus they are varied and always interesting.

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Amalie



Marianne is an amazing tutor who really helped me with French A level (which i went on to get a high A* in). She was always very patient - which was essential for me given I’m quite seriously dyslexic. Marianne always answered any questions I had clearly and concisely and gave me great feedback when I made mistakes. I’m really grateful for all her help!

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Clare

I loved my French lessons with Marianne. They were so varied and creative. One day we were playing a board games she’d devised, the next were reading extracts from books, then having role plays. It kept it all so interesting that you didn’t really realise you were learning! She tailored everything to suit what I wanted to get out of the lessons

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Chris

Marianne is an excellent tutor. I have had lessons from her to help me improve my conversational French.
She is very patient and gives clear explanations of the use of French both from a grammatical perspective and in terms of everyday life in France.
She is a native French speaker which is very helpful.
After each lesson Marianne provides a summary of the topics covered.
I am very happy with the progress I am making.

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Sophie

The lessons I have had have been great.
Marianne sets me tasks to complete prior, which helps me further my understanding and benefit from each lesson greatly. I am enjoying learning with Marianne - I can see improvement in my knowledge & confidence and I am excited to see how much more I can improve!

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Jordan

I have been taking French lessons with Marianne for 5 months now. We have been working around the A2/B1 (DELF) level and I am very happy with the progress I am making. The lessons are perfectly paced for me and I have time to understand and use new vocabulary/grammar before moving on. I have noticed an improvement in my confidence and pronunciation. Highly recommended!!!

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Megan

I have only had a few one to one one hour lessons with Marianne, and they have been great. It's the first time that I have had French lessons since GCE French, and I'm loving them. The initial meeting was really important in setting the scene, giving me a chance to say why and what I want to learn, and to find out about her teaching methods. I look forward to these lessons, because Marianne makes them relevant to my needs, interesting and challenging in a useful and enjoyable way. Her enthusiasm is motivating, and she has helped me to feel comfortable and more confident in having a go at lengthier conversations. She speaks French to me throughout unless I really get stuck, and explains grammar and patterns which assist gender recognition. She sets standards and goals which are attainable, and fun on the way to achieving. I think she's a great teacher, and recommend her whole heartedly.

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Heather

Marianne has helped me greatly over the past 18 months and helped me bring my French up to speed from B1 to C1, after a 20 year break. She is very good at guiding me with regard to my accent and all other aspects of french and a very supportive teacher!!

Interview with Marianne

QUESTION 01 | 08
Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?
Marianne — Both. I speak French fluently because I grew up in France and lived there until after my university years. Also, many teachers inspired me. Most of all, my family inspired me. Parents and grand-parents were my teachers: they corrected my mistakes when I was little, discussed the intricacies of the language, read me stories, played word games with me. They would bring a heavy dictionary so we could check out a word … even during dinner times! We also had lots of guests who were learning French.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
Marianne — Jean de la Fontaine (1621 – 1695) wrote beautiful fables. He described the culture of his time, using poetry in a vivid way; and most of his observations are still relevant today. Some of his expressions are used in our everyday language. His fables showcase the language and promote it through poetry. Students learn his fables by heart to develop their language skills.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behavior in the language that you particularly like?
Marianne — Youngsters often make up new words. The origin of this phenomenon is explained by the fact that some young people do not want other groups of people to understand them. An example of this is called “le verlan”, where a word is pronounced backwards, i.e “fou” becomes “ouf”. Sometimes, these words get used by the rest of the population, and then find their way in the dictionary. I find this behaviour fascinating because it shows that a language is moving on, adapting to the times.
QUESTION 04 | 08
Why does speaking this language matter to you?
Marianne — French is the first language that I heard and spoke. It was the language of my formative years, with childhood songs and games, secrets and joys, family ties and friendships. It was the mean of discovering the world around. I feel an emotional bond to it.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
Marianne — Everyone may struggle with a different aspect of the language. For some, it might be the pronunciation, for others, the application of the grammar, and so on. The key is to find the learner’s gaps of knowledge and misconceptions. This has to be done carefully, through a robust evaluation that can be completed over a certain period of time. Then, the gaps and misconceptions have to be addressed thoroughly and progressively.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.
Marianne — One of my new teachers was a fountain of knowledge, however he did not seem to understand that his explanations were too complex for us. Then, he would get impatient and irritable. Today, teachers call this the “curse of knowledge”. What it means is that you may speak a language fluently but teaching it efficiently is another skill altogether.
QUESTION 07 | 08
How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
Marianne — Every trip in another country has helped me to memorise phrases, grammar, pronunciation and idioms. I was encouraged by my family to be adventurous, so I started to spend holidays in an English family at 14, and continued every year after that, in England or Germany. I enjoyed learning by immersion so much that I lived for a whole academic year in Germany, when I was 17.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof in language?
Marianne — Many years of experience and training have taught me how language is acquired. First, learners need to feel comfortable with their tutors. Next, my part is to evaluate their skills, gaps and misconceptions and to help students progress, steps by steps, onto a higher level of skills, through a tailored program. Feedback on their progress is very important. Finally, I stretch and challenge learners, so they know how to progress further. I also give many tips on how to learn independently.

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