I am a fully qualified and experienced French and ESL teacher (French national). Since I qualified as a teacher, I have taught both langages in private and state schools, in the UK, in France, in Spain and in Denmark.
I offer fun (and serious!) French and English as a Second Language classes to all age groups. I tailor my lessons to suit all purposes, whether these are for conversation or revision, for pleasure or CPD (Continuing Professional Development), or simply for your travelling or holidays needs. I teach all levels, from genuine beginner level to the most advanced.
I was privileged to be part of the Bilingual Section of a local school for 13 years. The Bilingual program encompassed several subjects that were delivered in French: from DT to RE, History and Geography. The children gained an amazing flexibility by adjusting to the subject-related language; thus developed both subjects in parallel.
I delivered French from Reception classes to GCSE and IB throughout these years. I am fully familiar with the various exam boards, formats and requirements. For the younger ones, I know how to input a lot of language in fun, creative lessons; they work hard and learn without even noticing. Genuine French games, French nursery rhymes, French songs, French role-plays and so on are all part of the learning process and they love it!
I have also worked with adults for several years now, both for French and ESL. I taught Evening Classes for French Conversation for Adult Education; working with these adults has taught me how to reduce the inhibitions we all face when speaking a foreign language for the first time : humour!
I have 'coached' many families in the process of moving to France, or restoring their French property. I prepare them for this (usually underestimated) cultural shift by focusing on the specific areas for which they will need good communication skills as well as insight of the regional culture they are going to live in; this paves the way for a smoother cultural adaptation.
For advanced learners, it is assumed that the student is already highly motivated, so I focus on pronunciation and intonation, contemporary vocabulary and idiomatic structures, grammar and complex tenses, while discussing current affairs, films or literature. The watchword here is : du travail, que du travail! Here again, the work is done in such a way that time flies!
My ESL lessons are based on a communicative approach: students are immersed in real life situations; 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 part of the daily routines! I can provide one-to-one or group sessions and tailor the lessons to the very specific needs of the student(s).