My main teaching method is through conversation and I use images and short tasks to support the student in their areas for development. I work my students hard but am also very positive and encouraging. Students therefore make good progress and usually enjoy my lessons!
I have been a qualified teacher of German and French for over eight years, teaching students from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 in an outstanding school and have taught over 2000 students in that time. I also have some tutoring experience. My students have made good progress and many have achieved better GCSE results than expected, thanks to my teaching and their hard work.
I am a hard-working and committed teacher, with over eight years of classroom
experience in an outstanding school, teaching German to A Level and
French to GCSE. I have a passion for teaching and learning languages
and have previously tutored, both professionally and voluntarily, in order to
support students as they prepared for various assessments and exams. My
year in Germany as a foreign language assistant (and subsequent trips to
Europe) have developed my language skills in professional and social contexts,
as well as my understanding of German and French culture. As a result, I teach
my students about the language and culture with confidence.
Establishing positive relationships quickly with students • Motivating students to progress to their fullest potential • High, yet realistic expectations of students • Encouraging students to reflect on their learning • Reflective practice within my teaching • Teaching German and French in the target language
Education and Qualifications
2009-2010 Secondary PGCE MFL (German) at the University of Reading University. Distinction in Teaching, Merit in Contextual Studies
2005-2009 Undergraduate degree in French and German at the University of Exeter. 2:1 result
2003-2005 A Levels German (A), French (B), Music (B) and Psychology (A) at Farnham College
1998-2003 GCSEs in English (A), English Lit. (B), Maths (A)
Double Science (A*), History (A), French (A*), German (A*), Music (A), Food Technology (A) Short Course Religious Studies (A)
Previous Placements and Employment
March 2019 – Present
On maternity leave.
Sep 2010 – March 2019
Teacher of Languages (German and French) at the Howard of Effingham School.
Responsibilities included teaching a full timetable to Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 and as a form tutor then assistant year leader within the pastoral system.
Additionally, I set up and ran a Spelling Bee Competition for year 7 and coordinated the Higher Project Qualification, a short course GCSE for year 9 students.
I led a coach on a KS3 school trip to France and Switzerland and coordinated the German Exchange for several years. During lunchtimes, I ran the Christian Union.
Jan – May 2010
PGCE placement in Fernhill School, Farnborough.
PGCE placement in Sandhurst School.
2013 Tutor to a year 12 boy in his home once a week for an hour in order to support him with German AS Level.
Sept ’09 One week spent in Ash Grange Primary school in preparation for the PGCE course. Involved working with the designated MFL coordinator in her year 5 class and also researching general issues, especially languages, at Key Stages 1 and 2.
2008-2009 Three weeks spent in secondary school as part of the Student Associate Scheme. Included working with all pupils to raise aspirations and interest in MFL, as well as observing experienced teachers at work, team teaching and working with small groups.
2007-2008 Worked as a foreign language assistant in two schools in Saarbrücken, Germany. Role included working in classes to model answers and eventually lead parts of lessons and working with small groups to practise speaking skills and to carry out assessments.
2003-2009 Various part-time jobs as my studies allowed, including waitressing and working as a leisure supervisor and swimming teacher.
As part of my continuous professional development, I am currently completing
an online Spanish course for beginners, which has given me an insight into the
world of online tutoring, as well as reminding me what it feels like to be a
I have previously qualified as a lifeguard and swim teacher and am currently
trained in paediatric first aid.
Interests and Activities
My love of languages, other cultures and peoples has led me to exciting
places, such as Peru, Siberia and, of course, within Europe.
I love spending time outdoors with family and friends, being involved with
the youth and children’s groups at our church and travelling to new places
whenever possible. One of my favourite activities is going for dog walks and
when I have time, I enjoy running and playing the piano and cello.
I have known Rachel as a colleague at my recent school while I was a foreign language assistant there in German. She is an amazing teacher. She has a very calm and well-directed way to approach the students. Her compassion for teaching German as well as her proficiency of German is incredible.
I would always recommend her to anyone who would like to learn or improve their German skills.
She’s very dedicated, patient and hard-working. Her calmness and positivity help encourage students. She has a lot of experience working with different ability students.
I have worked with Rachel for 5 years and can wholeheartedly recommend her as an outstanding tutor. She is friendly, organised and understanding and she is very experienced in working with all levels and abilities. Not only is Rachel an excellent German speaker, but her level of teaching experience in the classroom together with her love for teaching the subject make her an exceptional and enthusiastic tutor!
Rachel is a trustworthy, organise professional with years of full time teaching experience. She can identify well with her students and is very aware of providing progresión, positive feedback in well structured lessons, I thoroughly recommend her for learning German or French, whether for academic or leisure purposes.
Rachel has an excellent knowledge of the German language together with the requirements of the UK curriculum. She is extremely patient which helped to gradually build confidence. We are very grateful to have found her and would definitely recommend her as a tutor.
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