I teach English and French:
I teach English as a foreign language at intermediate and advanced levels and French at different levels from learner to advanced and in lessons designed for students who want a more conversational approach.
I also teach English and French for specific professional purposes from business to politics or exams.
Individual lessons are tailored for each student. I try to make each lesson interesting for its content as well as instructive for its language, focusing on day-to-day activities and events, drawing on more than 30 years' experience as a journalist reporting, writing and editing.
Lessons are a mix of reading, listening to audios and videos, talking about subjects and writing. Each activity is designed to help students build their confidence in the target language.
I teach young adults and mature students. Most students are professional people. They want to improve their knowledge in particular areas and build up their command of the language. Others want to focus on practical conversational and casual English or French to prepare for a holiday trip or job abroad.
I am based in Richmond and I can travel to your home or office in other areas including Kingston, Twickenham, Putney or the City of London for face-to face tuition.
Online lessons are via Skype, with work assessed online and by email from texts and audio materials.
I am available Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
For the past year I have been teaching students with very different backgrounds from Europe, Africa and Latin America, with varied interests and needs, and it has been a great experience.
Before that I was lucky to work as a journalist for the Financial Times and the International Herald Tribune and for news agencies covering topics from business to international relations and economic issues, social events, travel, culture and even wine.
I lived or worked in many countries where I did not initially speak the local language, so I'm sympathetic about the challenges anyone faces with a new language or environment.
I was brought up in England and France which gave me a taste for languages and different cultures. I also speak Portuguese and some Spanish.
I have a BA Hons degree in Government and Sociology and an MA in Latin American Government and Politics from Essex University.
I have a Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA) certified by Cambridge University.
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