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German/ French/ Spanish Tutor in Newcastle upon Tyne - Jane Sowden

Jane Sowden German (general) Tutor (Newcastle upon Tyne)

Jane Sowden

  • Cramlington (NE23) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 01 Nov 2017
  • Sex: Female
  • Can Travel To: Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside
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Personal Message
I believe that languages are an essential skill, not only for work but also for personal enjoyment. Speaking a foreign language develops your brain and creativity, but is also a challenge. I can help you fulfill your potential.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach German to all levels including degree level, Spanish and French to GCSE and also offer English as a Foreign Language.
Tell me about your qualifications.
Iam CELTA qualified and can help you prepare for IELTS and Cambridge examinations. I also offer English for Academic Purposes.
I have a BA hons 2.1 in German and History with a Distinction in Spoken German,
I have a a PGCE in Secondary Language and History teaching and a Post Graduate Diploma in the Translation of German to English.
I am currently also studying for a second BA degree with the Open University. I have completed my Spanish modules up to to degree level (Distinction in Spanish), have completed the compulsory module "Worlds of English" (Distinction) and have one module left to complete in French to finish that degree in 2018.
What kind of experience do you have?
For nearly 30 years I have taught in a variety of settings including schools, private tutition, teaching in businesses and at university level.
I currently teach German and French part time at the University of Sunderland as well as teaching English, Spanish, French and German as a private tutor.
I wrote the content of the Boardworks German Grammar Toolkit software and have worked as a consultant for SamLearning and Harper Collins.
I am a Senior Examiner and moderator for two Examination Boards in England for iGCSE, GCSE and A level.
How much do you charge?
I can teach at my home, for which I charge £25 per hour. I can travel to the student's home and generally charge between £25 to £30 per hour for this, just to cover my transport costs. If a student prefers, we can also meet at a mutually convenient location.
Where do you teach?
I can teach from my home and can also travel to the student. I am based in Cramlington, Southeast Northumberland, and can travel to Newcastle, North Tyneside, into Northumberland and to Gateshead.
When are you available?
I am generally flexible with availability and can offer some days, evenings and possibly weekends too, depending on my existing bookings. I will make every effort to accommodate your requirements.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach from Key Stage 2 (Upper Junior school) to adults.

German: from complete beginners to degree level
French and Spanish: from complete beginner to GCSE
English as a Foreign Language: from complete beginner up to examination preparation (IELTS & Cambridge exams), and English for Academic Purposes.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare students for GCSE and A level examinations in England in Spanish, German and French, and also assist students preparing to sit degree level examinations or submit dissertations in German.
I support students who are preparing for IELTS, and Cambridge Examinations and for English for Academic Purposes.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
My most recent DBS certificate is from September 2017 and it is available for you to see.
Where and with whom did you train?
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E.) University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Adults) Newcastle College
BA Hons (Spanish and French) Open University
BA Hons (German and History) University of Sunderland
Diploma in Translation City University, London.
Do you have a personal message for students?
With recent changes to the way in which languages are examined in English schools, particularly at GCSE which is now all examination, it is more important than ever that you have a really good grasp of the grammar of the language(s) you are learning. This can be fun and empowering and can enable you to really feel confident in your abilities. Students of English as a foreign language face difficult exams (IELTS & Cambridge exams). These can be achieved with the right preparation.
I know that I can make a real difference to both your understanding and your confidence. No question is ever too silly, and I know exactly what it feels like to learn, to be out of my comfort zone, and to sit in that exam hall.