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Marianne

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  • Hourly rate $40
  • Response Time 2h
  • Number of students 37
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Online French tutor available now. Improve your listening and conversation skills for exams, work and holidays.

    • Saffron Walden
    • at her home
    • at your home
    • webcam

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We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Marianne will be happy to arrange your first lesson French.

About the lesson

French is my first language. I offer on line private tutoring.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

French (as a foreign, first or second language)

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I have completed a Master Degree M1 in linguistics & French.
Qualified Teacher in Training and Skills (QTLS) status
Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
DELF Assessor
French Diploma in Teaching French as a foreign language
French Law Degree
French Baccalaureate

- How much do you charge?

The first lesson (about 30 minutes) is to evaluate your level and discuss your aims. This is free.
Then lessons cost £30/hour.

- Where do you teach?

On-line.

- When are you available?

Please check for availability.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

Levels: from complete beginners to advanced
Ages: from 11 years old upwards.


- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

GCSEs, AS and A level, university language courses, DELF-DALF (A1-1, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2), TEF, eTEFaq

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

During a consultation session on the phone, we will discuss about your level, objectives, contents, frequency and duration of the lessons as well as your availability. Payment will have to be made prior to the lessons. The on-line lessons will be on Zoom on the day and time discussed.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

We start from your actual level and progress forward, building your confidence, expanding your vocabulary, bridging gaps in knowledge, with many different activities that you enjoy. If your objective is to have fun, then we have fun. If you have an exam to pass, then this is our objective.

Contact me for a free initial discussion about your level and your objectives.

subjects

  • French

languages

  • English

levels

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  • Sophomore
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About Marianne

- What kind of experience do you have?

French language tutor from my home, in students' homes, adult education services, language schools and businesses
Language group class organiser and tutor
Course co-ordinator and French tutor at the Alliance Française
Secondary school French assistant
Primary school French teacher
Teacher at a French-speaking supplementary school
Translator and proof-reader English-French

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes
Enhanced certificate 2017

- Where and with whom did you train?

The Diploma to teach French as a foreign language from the Alliance Française in Paris gave me valuable professional training as a 1-2-1 and group tutor. Working at the Alliance Française gave me the opportunity to further professional training in the UK, France and Netherlands.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

Member of the Society for education and Training

- Tell me about some of your current students.

Students preparing for GCSE and A Level exams.
Adults planning to become translators.
Adults who work or have property in France.

Rates

packages

  • 5h: $200
  • 10h: $400

webcam

  • $40/h

Details

First half-hour free.

Find out more about Marianne

  • 01

    Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?

    Both. I speak French fluently because I grew up in France and lived there until after my university years. Also, many teachers inspired me. Most of all, my family inspired me. Parents and grand-parents were my teachers: they corrected my mistakes when I was little, discussed the intricacies of the language, read me stories, played word games with me. They would bring a heavy dictionary so we could check out a word … even during dinner times! We also had lots of guests who were learning French.

  • 02

    Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?

    Jean de la Fontaine (1621 – 1695) wrote beautiful fables. He described the culture of his time, using poetry in a vivid way; and most of his observations are still relevant today. Some of his expressions are used in our everyday language. His fables showcase the language and promote it through poetry. Students learn his fables by heart to develop their language skills.

  • 03

    Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behavior in the language that you particularly like?

    Youngsters often make up new words. The origin of this phenomenon is explained by the fact that some young people do not want other groups of people to understand them. An example of this is called “le verlan”, where a word is pronounced backwards, i.e “fou” becomes “ouf”. Sometimes, these words get used by the rest of the population, and then find their way in the dictionary. I find this behaviour fascinating because it shows that a language is moving on, adapting to the times.

  • 04

    Why does speaking this language matter to you?

    French is the first language that I heard and spoke. It was the language of my formative years, with childhood songs and games, secrets and joys, family ties and friendships. It was the mean of discovering the world around. I feel an emotional bond to it.

  • 05

    What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?

    Everyone may struggle with a different aspect of the language. For some, it might be the pronunciation, for others, the application of the grammar, and so on. The key is to find the learner’s gaps of knowledge and misconceptions. This has to be done carefully, through a robust evaluation that can be completed over a certain period of time. Then, the gaps and misconceptions have to be addressed thoroughly and progressively.

  • 06

    Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.

    One of my new teachers was a fountain of knowledge, however he did not seem to understand that his explanations were too complex for us. Then, he would get impatient and irritable. Today, teachers call this the “curse of knowledge”. What it means is that you may speak a language fluently but teaching it efficiently is another skill altogether.

  • 07

    How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?

    Every trip in another country has helped me to memorise phrases, grammar, pronunciation and idioms. I was encouraged by my family to be adventurous, so I started to spend holidays in an English family at 14, and continued every year after that, in England or Germany. I enjoyed learning by immersion so much that I lived for a whole academic year in Germany, when I was 17.

  • 08

    What makes you a Superprof in language?

    Many years of experience and training have taught me how language is acquired. First, learners need to feel comfortable with their tutors. Next, my part is to evaluate their skills, gaps and misconceptions and to help students progress, steps by steps, onto a higher level of skills, through a tailored program. Feedback on their progress is very important. Finally, I stretch and challenge learners, so they know how to progress further. I also give many tips on how to learn independently.

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