My name is Barbara Thomas. I am a qualified teacher of French, beginners’ German and English as a Foreign Language. For the last five years, I have tutored learners of all ages and levels from very young children who wish to sing songs and play games, through A level students to adults who are retiring to France.
I have 35 years of classroom experience, 15 of which were at head of department level. As a consequence, I have a thorough working knowledge of the requirements of all the major examination boards for GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A2 level in French. In addition, I have prepared younger students for Common Entrance examinations and liaised with primary schools to support the teaching of the KS2 Scheme of Work for languages. With my background in classroom teaching, I like to keep informed of the current changes to the curriculum.
I have a DBS Check certificate.
For primary school children, secondary school children up to A level, and adults
At beginners’ level
English as a Foreign Language
From beginners’ level up to university entrance (IELTS)
The Role of the Tutor
I believe that a personal tutor can be an asset to all learners. For school students, a tutor can give support and reassurance at all stages and help them gain confidence. For example, many students feel daunted at the prospect of a speaking assessment but, with patience and guidance, a tutor can be invaluable. During tutorials I encourage students to ask me as many questions as they like, however basic they may seem.
A tutor can equally be of help to adults who want to learn a language from scratch, brush up their school French or German or use it while on holiday. I therefore adapt my teaching style to my learners’ needs. The sessions may well be a combination of speaking, reading, listening and some writing with grammar points added wherever relevant. Web sites and power point slides feature frequently in these sessions. I aim to make learning fun whenever possible by using a variety of approaches.
If the thought of an hour-long session seems too much, I am prepared to teach small groups at a fee negotiated beforehand.