About

Barbara Thomas - French, Germand and English Tuition St Albans

French, German and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) tuition in St Albans:

I offer French, German and English as a Foreign Language tuition in the following areas :

  • Beginners French
  • French Common Entrance
  • GCSE and iGCSE French
  • AS and A level French
  • Adult learners who wish to brush up their French
  • Beginners German up to Year 9
  • English as a Foreign Language conversation or examinations : KET, PET, FCE, CAE and IELTS

I never forget the need to tailor my teaching to the needs of the individual by using a wide range of materials and websites to cover the four skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and paying particular attention to grammar and the acquisition of new vocabulary. My aim is to make the sessions as enjoyable as possible by offering a variety of appropriate tasks and reinforcing what has already been practised.

I am fully up to date with the new GCSE and A level examinations, following the AQA and Edexcel specifications and appreciate the range of demands made on our students. I trust that my approach and experience will reassure and help them gain confidence and motivation.

I have prepared school students and adult learners for the various EFL examinations. As a language teacher and native speaker, I appreciate the importance of the English language in a worldwide context and work collaborately with my students to give them the widest range of possibilities to extend their learning.

Here are some of the free websites I use:

www.languagesonline.org.uk all levels (French and German)
BBC Bitesize for GCSE (French and German)
bbc.co.uk/languages (French and German)
www.laits.utexas.edu/tex all levels (French)
www.learnenglish.britishcouncil.org (English)
www.cambridgeenglish.org (English)

Languages Taught

French Tuition St Albans

French

For primary school children, secondary school children up to A level, and adults
German Tuition St Albans

German

At beginners’ level
English Tuition St Albans

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.

French, German and English Tuition St Albans