Although I am now a French teacher in the UK, my initial teacher training was in ESL in France. This initial training is called CAPES: it is a national competitive exam to qualify as a teacher, for which success rate is averagely 10%. After qualifying as an English teacher, I worked for the French Ministry of Education for many years in secondary schools.
I hold a double Masters, one in English Literature and the other in French as a Foreign Language. Throughout my university career, I have enjoyed studying a wide range of languages: from Catalan to Japonese, via Latin and German. Rest reassured, they are well and truly distant memories now ! Yet, what remains is the knowledge of what it takes to learn a different language: hard work and fun!
My ESL lessons are based on a communicative approach: students are immersed in real life situations; and my teaching is learner-centered: the chosen real life situations are those the students are most likely to face for real. Progress comes fast when learning is meaningful !
Although my main teaching is for French in the UK, I have had quite a few requests over the years from foreign people holidaying or working here and wanting to improve their language skills.
I can provide one-to-one or group sessions and tailor the lessons to the very specific needs of the student(s).
Please, enquire for further details on how I can help you.