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Dorothee GCSE French Tutor (Croydon)

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  • Professional Qualification Bachelor of Arts (Hons) French Studies
  • Professional Qualification Level 4 Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Up to date CRB
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message

I am a French native tutor, living in the UK since 2000. I currently teach French to a variety of students who are mainly preparing for different school exams.
I also teach primary school children and adults at any level.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach French and I have been tutoring for over 10 years now. I have references and testimonials from my previous students. NEW GROUP LESSON AVAILABLE.
Tell me about your qualifications.
Level 2 Certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools, Mar 2010
(Distinction) CALAT, Croydon

Level 4 Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector, Aug 2009
SCOLA, Sutton

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) French Studies, May 2005
Birkbeck College, London
What kind of experience do you have?
I have experienced teaching French in a primary school for key stage 2. I also tutor primary, secondary and adults from home. The majority of my students are preparing for their GCSE, IGCSE or A level examinations. I have further experience teaching in a nursery for 3 to 5 year-olds and also adults conversational French at a language club in London. I use various learning styles and adapt my teaching methods for the students.

Nursery school ( Foundation stage ):

The earlier children are exposed to foreign languages, the easier it is for them to assimilate the new language. I make the learning fun and I place more emphasis on lots of games, stories, singing and miming.

Primary school (key stage 1and 2):

Children learn French in a fun, educational and enjoyable way by the use of role play, games, stories, and songs. I would teach children through the four skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading.
Pupils should be able to:
• Use a wide range of vocabulary and simple sentences.
• Learn about the country and the culture
• Initiate simple conversations
• Use proper pronunciation and intonation
• Respond appropriately to spoken language
• Apply simple aspects of grammar

Secondary school (Key stage 3 and key stage 4, GCSE):

Lessons follow the curriculum guidelines covering a variety of topics:

• Lifestyle and Health
• Social issues and equality
• Free Time and the Media
• Advantages and disadvantages of new technology
• Holidays
• Home and Environment
• Work and Education

Lessons are tailored to the students' needs and expectations:

• Conversational skills
• Listening and reading-comprehension
• Grammar, covering all tenses
• Wide range of vocabulary
• Translation and dictation
• Role play and photo cards description

I use past papers, subject specific dialogues, assessments and curriculum resources to build confidence and prepare for exams.

AS level:

Subjects contents may vary:

• Media ( television, advertising or new technology)
• Culture ( cinema, music, fashion/trend )
• Healthy living/lifestyle (Sport, holidays, health and well-being)
• Family/relationships (Friendships, relationships with family, marriage/partnerships)

A2 level:

• Pollution / energy and protecting the planet
The multicultural society:
• Immigration / integration / racism
Contemporary social issues:
• Wealth and poverty
• Law and order
• Impact of scientific and technological progress

In addition discussions are based on newspaper articles and debates about current French affairs or news. This is invaluable in helping to improve your understanding and conversational skills.


French conversational skills on various topics from holiday to business. We agree on the objectives and a learning plan to ensure the best teaching approach.
I have a wide range of resources and books.
How much do you charge?
£28.00 GCSE, IGCSE
£25.00 Adults (any level)
£28.00 A level
£28.00 Primary and secondary ( Foundation, KS1, KS2, KS3)
£15.00 for 30 minutes
Saturday GCSE group lesson limited places £18.00
Group lesson available.
Where do you teach?
I teach from home. Areas covered Croydon, Purley, Wallington, Coulsdon, Sanderstead, Sutton.
I can travel for an additional fee.
When are you available?
Weekends / Weekdays (all times). NEW GROUP LESSON AVAILABLE.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Any ages and any levels.
For young children 30 minutes is sometimes preferable but I stay flexible.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
13+, GCSE, IGCSE and 'A' level.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have got a valid CRB disclosure certificate and a French "casier judiciaire national"
Tell me about some of your current students.
My current students are learning a foreign language for either a specific qualification such as GCSE, a job or just for fun. I also have several adult students from beginners to advanced level. I have children from many backgrounds, including students of comprehensive, grammar and private schools.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Everything is possible if you are patient and ready to work hard towards your personal goals.
My aim is always to assist my students with structured tuition to achieve their goals in French within a flexible, friendly and relaxed environment.