I am committed to teaching English at all levels, to students of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. I consider the requirements of individual learners and build programmes around each individual to support their needs.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
English for 11+ and 13+; English for Entrance Exams;English for GCSE; Introduction to Reading; KS1 English; KS2 English; KS3 English; English at AS/A2 level;Essay writing at University level; English to Foreign Language Speakers; English Grammar;Cambridge First Certificate / Proficiency/ IELTS; Business English.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
B Ed Hons in English/ TEFL Prep RSA Certificate / Cello Teaching Diploma LTCL .
- How much do you charge?
£45 an hour / £60 for an hour and a half basic
- Where do you teach?
I teach from home. My immediate area is St John's Wood/ Swiss Cottage/ Kilburn/ W. Hampstead area.
- When are you available?
I am self employed, so am flexible. I am available to work with children, after school and in holidays.I also teach a range of adults during the day.
In addition, I offer short homestay teaching to students from abroad, generally from 2 weeks to a month at a time.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages, all levels.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
11+/ 13+ Common Entrance exams/ A/S level/ Degree level/ ESOL : Cambridge First Certificate / Proficiency/ IELTS;
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I have tutored on Skype, very successfully.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I love teaching. I like to work with students in meeting whatever challenges they present and personalising my teaching to each individual's need. Students enjoy my intensive, but humorous style and the chance to work hard and make progress to achieve their goals. Many are still in touch with me, years after completing their studies. Adapting my style to your personal need, I play to your strengths and build confidence to tackle areas of weakness. Literature or Language - I can help you enjoy the subject, whether you are just beginning, or at an advanced level. I look forward to meeting you!
- What kind of experience do you have?
My experience is extensive. I have taught English and 'cello to private students of all ages, as well as teaching in a number of language schools in my early years. For ten years I was a teacher and co-ordinator of Music and English as a Second language in primary schools in London.When I became self-employed,in 2012, I prepared 11+ /entrance exam candidates for their exams, as well as GCSE 'O' and AS level students and people preparing for IELTS. I spent a very successful academic year (July 2013-July 2014) working with the British Council in France (marked by having the highest return rate of my students in the centre!) My teaching included intensive Easter and Summer courses to Young Learners, all levels of General English, TOEFL English at the Ecole Centrale (a technical University) and English to medical professionals at the Roman Ferrari Burns' Centre. The year provided me valuable insight into how English is taught in Europe and has influenced my approach to teaching ESOL learners coming to Britain. I continue to teach Summer schools in France.
Since my return, I have worked with a diverse range of English learners. This has included teaching a young illiterate adult learner how to read and write and preparing her for her Citizenship exam, which she successfully passed; helping an MA student prepare essays; successfully tutoring a number of 11+ , 13+ candidates, all of whom were accepted at the schools of their choice; supporting an EFL group of 13 year old boys in their school setting and preparing several individual GCSE students from a number of different exam boards.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
My DBS was updated in October 2017. All clear.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I gained a teaching degree in English B.Ed (Hons) from Westminster College, Oxford and received my TEFL Prep. Certificate at International House in London.
In my early days in London, I studied with eminent cellists Eileen Croxford RCM; Stefan Popov Guildhall; and Christopher Bunting RCM.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I belong to LinkedIn and a number of English Teaching related websites.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I have been highly successful in my recent teaching of 11+ students, where every child taught got into the school of their choice, following a highly structured programme of study. In addition, I have also had a selection of GCSE students in the last year, who have greatly increased their academic level, as well as their confidence,after working with me.
In my year abroad with the British Council (2013 - 14), my teaching included intensive Easter and Summer courses to Young Learners, all levels of General English; TOEFL English at a technical University; and English to medical professionals in a specialist Medical Centre. My contact with colleagues from this organisation continues and I have just returned from teaching a Summer school in France.
• BEd (Hons) English II:II
• TEFL Prep. Cert. (for teaching English to Foreign Language Speakers) / Cello Teaching RSA Certificate
• CRB Clear
• General Teaching Council/ NUT/ British Council
I would like again to congratulate the British Council and Sonia for the quality of courses..Sonia is a really super teacher. I appreciated her humour and professionalism.
Je tiens Ã nouveau, Ã fÃ©liciter le British Council et Sonia pour la qualitÃ© des cours. Sonia est vraiment une prof. super. J'ai apprÃ©ciÃ© sa bonne humeur et son professionalisme.
Sonia helped my son develop his comprehension, Creative Writing and interview skills for 11+. He was offered places at St. Paul's, Eton, Westminster and City. An excellent tutor, she inspired him to achieve his true potential, creating lessons that were fun and varied. She boosted his confidence, making the whole experience stress-free and enjoyable.She is extremely thorough and genuinely passionate about her subject. I would highly recommend her to any parent.
I have just passed my 11+ exam and will start my dream school,Wycombe Abbey, in September. With barely any hope of getting into the school of my choice. I was lucky to have Sonia as my tutor and mentor. She excelled my English to a totally different level, transforming my English and giving me confidence in writing. She is an excellent teacher with an exceptional knowledge of English.The solid grounding she gave me will benefit me in my future studies in my new secondary school.
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