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Josie Carvalho Powell- Portuguese Tutor in Coventry

Josie Carvalho Powell Portuguese Tutor (Coventry)

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  • Whoberley (CV5)
  • Last Logged In: 09 Jun 2018
  • Sex: Female
  • Can Travel To: Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Solihull, Warwick & Leamington Spa
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Personal Message
I was born in Brazil and now have dual British/Brazilian nationality. I live in Coventry, West Midlands, with my British husband, who is a retired EAL tutor.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach both Brazilian Portuguese and the Portuguese of Portugal.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I graduated from "Universidade do Ipiranga" in São Paulo in 1986 with a degree in teaching Portuguese.
What kind of experience do you have?
I began teaching Portuguese at secondary level in a private school in Brazil. Since 2010, I have continued to teach both Brazilian Portuguese and the Portuguese of Portugal one-to-one and in small groups. In addition, I work with Portuguese-speaking primary and secondary level children in local schools, helping them to adjust to an English-speaking environment. I also act in a liaison capacity between their families and teaching staff.

For the past 2 years, I have been an assessor for the GCE A/AS level Writing paper and an examiner for the GCSE Oral paper.
How much do you charge?
£20 per hour including materials although course books are an optional extra. I make a reasonable charge for travel depending on distance. Discounts are available for pairs and groups.
Where do you teach?
At home or by arrangement. I am willing to travel within a 15 miles radius of Coventry city centre.
When are you available?
Daytime and evening Monday to Saturday.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Primary, secondary and adult.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Portuguese GCSE, iGCSE and GCE A and A/S level exams. I am also an approved examiner and assessor.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I have considerable experience with Skype and since I switched to fibre-optics download speed is excellent.
Tell me about some of your current students.
As at June 2018, I am regularly teaching 12 adult students in Coventry and the surrounding area who are improving their Portuguese for a variety of personal and professional reasons. I also provide online tuition for a student who now lives abroad, bringing the total to 13. In addition, I gave separate exam preparation lessons to a number of local school children in the run up to the GCSE and GCE A/AS level exams held in May.
Do you have a personal message for students?
My students are important to me and I make their needs and aspirations my priority. I try to make each lesson an enjoyable experience, which I believe fosters effective teaching, and this has also resulted in some lasting friendships.