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Déborah Natanson Latin Tutor (Edinburgh)

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  • Professional Qualification Licence ès Lettres, Université de la Sorbonne
  • Professional Qualification Msc and PhD in Classics
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check recent Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check
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Personal Message

I am a native French speaker. I'm a full-time freelance teacher and translator. I came to Edinburgh in 2002 to start my master's degree, and I loved the city so much that I never left!
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach French, Latin, Ancient Greek, Classical Studies and Philosophy.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a Licence ès Lettres (French and Classics) from the Sorbonne, and an Msc and PhD in Classics from the University of Edinburgh. In 2005, I took a Tutor Training Course with the University of Edinburgh ("Effective Tutoring").
What kind of experience do you have?
I have worked as a part-time Classics tutor at Edinburgh University since 2005, teaching undergraduate students Latin and Greek (from beginners' level to Honour translation courses) as well as Ancient philosophy, literature and mythology. I was responsible for the content of the tutorials, starting and moderating group discussions and marking essays and exercises.

After I graduated for my PhD in 2009, I set up as a private tutor and translator, working one-on-one with adults wanting to learn French so they could go on holiday to France and speak with people easily, as well as school or university students preparing for their exams in French, Latin, Greek and Philosophy (National 5, GCSE, Highers, A Level and university Honours levels).

I also have experience with teaching groups, as I teach business French for several Language schools (Simon & Simon, Cactus, Capital Business Languages), and adult classes in Latin, Ancient Greek, French and Philosophy for Edinburgh Council's Adult Education Programme, which I enjoy very much.
How much do you charge?
I typically charge £25 per hour from my place, and £30 from the student's place, to cover travel time and expenses. Discounts are available for groups, and for paying for several lessons in advance.
Where do you teach?
I teach from home or from the student's home. I live in central Edinburgh (Tollcross, many bus routes have stops near me), but I've been travelling to Colinton, Stockbridge, Southside, and Leith, for example, and occasionally as far as West Lothian (I will have to charge a bit more if you live very far away).

I also offer lessons over Skype, and I've been working with students in the Highlands, the US and Ireland.
When are you available?
I am available during the day, in the evening and on Sundays. I am also available during school holidays.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I have taught ages 5 to 79! I am very happy to teach all subjects from primary school level to A-Levels/adanced Highers, and even Undergraduate level for Latin and Ancient Greek.

I also have some experience helping students work on their Post-Graduate dissertation, in terms of content, organisation and time-keeping.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I can prepare students for all Scottish and English exams, up to the BA.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
yes (Disclosure Scotland)
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I typically send the student the exercises we will be working on together in advance, and teach them over Skype. I have also used google docs to work on exercises, so I can correct them as they write.

The Greek polytonic keyboard works on Skype, so even Ancient Greek can be taught online.
Where and with whom did you train?
University of Edinburgh
Tell me about some of your current students.
Among my current students are a South-African lady whose 3 year-old son is being brought up bilingual, so she needs French lessons to keep up! I also teach a 16 year old girl preparing her Latin GCSE, a group of 3 retired people wanting to learn Latin (they're a lot of fun), a 17 year old girl preparing her Advanced Higher French exam (I've been working with her since she was working on her Standard Grade exam), a young disabled woman who is studying Ancient Greek on her own, homeschooled 12 year old twins learning Latin, an American University student needing extra Ancient Greek lessons over Skype, an older man in England who wants help on his journey translating Virgil' Aeneid (entirely over email: he send s me what he's done so far, and I send him back a corrected version, with grammar explanations) etc.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I am very well organised and reliable. I always spend a lot of time preparing lessons so I can be ready to answer unexpected questions! I am also very adaptable, and enjoy working with various types of people, who have different motivations for learning. Tayloring the content of the lessons to the needs and abilities of the student is something that I always try to centre my work on. I have always received extremely positive feedback (and excellent exam results when applicable) from my students, but I also take criticism very well and am quick to change the content or rhythm of my lessons when I see a certain approach is not working.

Do not hesitate to ask me for extra information. I am very open to online teaching, and will accept students from anywhere in the world (just give me a bit of time to look up what kind of exam you're working on!)

If you're interested in very specific exercises, some things can be done entirely over email (I'm thnking of exercises and translation of ancient languages, proofreading/editing, and grammar exercises)