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Isabelle Stevenson - Private French Tuition in Tunbridge Wells

Isabelle Stevenson French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge)

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  • Professional Qualification BA Honours (First Class) Modern Languages Studies (French and Spanish)
  • Professional Qualification Further and Adult Education teacher's certificate
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check CRB Enhanced Disclosure
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
Forget school days! Learning French can be fun and rewarding. Methods and materials have changed - so have you!- it is therefore important not to let any past experience hinder you. What matters is your dedication and the goals you have set yourself.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach French on a tailor-made basis, all levels, ages and abilities (including GCSE and A level, for teenagers and adults).
The beauty of private tuition is that it is totally student-centered : if you wish to completely start from scratch, manage a short holiday in France, be proficient at work, study French literature, French modern society, read the press, enjoy listening to French radio and TV, if you need a grammar boost, or prefer just conversation, I will design a course just for you.
Come and talk to me about your plans and we will work from there.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a First Class Degree (BA Honours) in Modern Languages studies (French and Spanish) and a Further and Adult Education Teacher's Certificate.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught in Australia (Alliance Francaise in Melbourne and primary schools in Geelong and Portland) ; in London (Alliance Francaise) and in Tunbridge Wells (Adult Education Centre, Cicero Language School and privately).
I was also Head of the Ealing Broadway Alliance Francaise (London) branch before moving to T.Wells.
Related experience include : 4 years working as a journalist in a French newspaper, and 2 years writing and recording for the educational French magazines "La vie" and "Rendez-vous" (Concorde publications).
How much do you charge?
Private tuition : £38/h. Couple : £50/h (£25 each) . Groups (from 3) : £20/person/1h
Where do you teach?
From my home in Tunbridge Wells or in your offices (within reasonable distance).
Lessons on Skype available too.
When are you available?
Weekdays only, daytime and evening. I work from 9am to 8pm most days.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Ages 10 and up! I have many years experience teaching children as well as adults. The youngest person I currently teach is 10 and the eldest 91!
Both seem to be enjoying the lessons tremendously and are making steady progress!
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Teenagers : GCSE, AS and A2, all boards.
Adults : Edexcel IGCSE (international version) ; Edexcel AS/A2 (A levels) and DALF (Diplome Approfondi de Langue Francaise). Exams taken in a London centre.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes. Copy on request.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Ideal for those who have to travel for work, live a litlle far from me, have young children at home, have mobility problems, etc.... I will usually send you some documents to work on beforehand (unless we have agreed to work on a specific book) and we will work on camera afterwards.
I find this better suited to students of a rusty beginner or intermediate level.
Where and with whom did you train?
Private language school in Ottawa (Canada) ; Alliance Francaise in Melbourne (Australia) ; Alliance Francaise in London ; City and Guilds London ; Open University UK.
Tell me about some of your current students.
Among my students are : an A level student I am helping to achieve her A* grade ; we are practising her oral presentation as well as polishing her grammar. /
A mother of 5, finally finding time for herself to study, after years spent raising her children, and thoroughly enjoying her lessons ; especially after she discovered France last summer and put her new skills to the test. /
A family of 3 young children, all learning whilst having fun and challenging each other.
A 91 year old gentleman, very nearly fluent in French, who nevertheless wishes to continue discussing current affairs each week.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Yes! Nothing is impossible....there is a method perfectly suited to your needs and learning ability out there and I will definitely identify it and put it to good use!
Lessons should be enjoyable, varied and well targetted. Provided you do your homework, there is nothing you can't do!