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Florence Bobin - French Tutor - Kingston upon Thames

Florence Bobin French (general) Tutor (Kingston upon Thames)

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  • Kingston (KT2) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 24 Jan 2018
  • Sex: Female
  • Can Travel To: Richmond upon Thames
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  • Professional Qualification Honours degree in International Relations and Japanese
  • Professional Qualification PGCE - Greenwich University
  • Professional Membership NAATI


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Personal Message
I am a French native speaker with over 20 years experience of teaching students of all age groups in schools, colleges, companies, university and on a one-to-one basis in the UK and Australia .
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach French at all levels, from beginners to advanced (fluent speakers). I also teach English as a Foreign Language.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have an honours degree in Japanese and International Relations (Paris), a PGCE from Greenwich University, and two language teaching qualifications from International House, London; one in Teaching French as a Foreign Language and a CELTA, Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I am also a qualified translator (NAATI – Australia)
What kind of experience do you have?
I have a wealth of experience in teaching, acquired both in England and Australia and in a variety of institutions (schools, 6th form college, adult college and university) as well as in a private capacity. I am used to teaching a wide range of ages and abilities. Having been both an examiner and internal moderator for GCSE and A-levels, I am very familiar with the requirements of the national curriculum and examining boards. I am also very experienced in teaching on a one-to-one basis or in small groups, and in tailoring my lessons to the needs, wishes and goals of my private students.
How much do you charge?
The fees mentioned apply to lessons given at my home. Teaching in a different location (student’s home) will incur a small additional fee, to be agreed with the student.
Group lessons are also possible. The fee would remain the same for the session, divided by the number of students
Where do you teach?
When not teaching in an organization, I normally teach from home, in Kingston upon Thames, about 15 minutes walk from Kingston Town Centre, on the 371 bus route, but I am willing to visit students at home within a radius of up to 5 miles.
When are you available?
My work schedule varies depending on the times of my university lectures, adult college courses and schools where I teach. However, I am very flexible and can generally find a mutually suitable time between myself and the student (s) without any problem.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all age groups, usually from age 11 and up. My main experience is working with 16 year olds and above (up to 70+). However, I have also worked with younger children. I teach Beginners, GCSE, AS and A-level and the so-called French Circle, the level for the very advanced students with near-native speaker's knowledge of French.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
French GCSE, AS and A-level and university examinations. I also coach for the International Baccalaureate in French.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I prefer to work with my students face-to-face. It is an essential part of communication and therefore language learning. However, if the students travel or are unable to attend a lesson, I am more than happy to work also through emails or on Skype.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I Belong to NAATI, the National Australian Association for Translator and Interpreters.
Where and with whom did you train?
I have first trained more than 20 years ago with International House, where I did the Cambridge Certificate in Teaching French as a Foreign Language. I went on to teach in different schools and institutions in Australia and qualified there as a translator. When I returned to London, I did a PGCE with Greenwich University and then to further improve my teaching methods and skills, I went back to International House and did one of the most widely recognized teaching qualifications throughout the World: the CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Since then I have continued with relevant workshops and courses for teaching foreign languages, and in my lessons , I have made full use of the modern teaching technologies on offer.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I am passionate about discovering other countries, cultures and ways of life. Learning another language is a gateway to a better and deeper understanding of other people and countries. It broadens our appreciation of this increasingly multicultural world we live in and enriches our experiences. It is also a valuable asset on a CV.