As a Head of the Languages Department and Primary and Secondary Teacher in a school in Leighton Buzzard for over 10 years, I believe I am the right language tutor for you!
I'm fluent in Spanish, ( my native language) French, and English and have spent many years teaching and studying languages. I completed a bachelor's degree in Spanish and English at Manchester/ALmeria University (2008) and studied Spanish and English Literature in school (GCSE and A-Level) so I know how daunting grammar can sometimes feel and how stressful language/literature exams can be... but also how great it feels when you finally start getting it!
On the language side of things, I can help you with your writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and exam technique. I can help you with conversational skills if you're just looking to go traveling or make Spanish/French friends.
On the literature side of things, a large part of my degree was literature-based, so I would be very happy to help any Literature students if you are struggling with the subject.
If you're in school and really want to get an A/A* (7/8/9), I can make sure you achieve your goal. Whatever your current grade, an A/ A*/7/8/9 is achievable. I have taught these exams for many years so I know how they work and how you can do well in them. We will work closely with the syllabus and go through some secrets of exam technique to make sure you get a top grade.
Alternatively, if you're wanting to learn languages for travel or business purposes (or just for fun!) we can tailor the lessons 100% to suit your needs. I also teach courses to adults from beginners to advanced and I always tailored to each student's need. I also teach English to foreigners to achieve the Cambridge Examinations ( A1 to C1).
I effectively deliver and plan online outstanding lessons and the feedback that I have received from parents, pupils, and adult learners have always been very stimulating. I strongly believe in the student centered-approach as always shown in my lesson plans. I believe that all students are individuals with very specific needs so differentiation has always been at the forefront of my teaching practice. I find it very important to address any students’ needs in order to get the best potential out of every single student. I am successful in establishing high expectations of behavior in the classroom whilst still developing positive relationships with my classes.
I love online teaching as well as face to face. I have been doing online experience for the last 5 years and I have helped most of my students to achieve an excellent language level. I use Google Meets, Google Classroom, or even Skype for online teaching. I generally send and post great, fun, and genuine resources so that the student can access them easily and successfully. There are so many fun online resources that I could provide you to enhance your language skills, especially in Speaking; what a great way to speak the language with a native speaker! You will also gain a broad cultural awareness and your fluency and pronunciation will speed up!
Contact me and ask what it is that you need and I will make sure you will get the best of your language skills!
On the other hand, I am a 200hr yoga certified instructor for the last 2 years and I can give you online 1-1 lessons from beginners to more advanced practitioners. I can also give the online yoga class via zoom to you and your whole family! If you have children, you will be glad to know that I have trained to teach kids yoga and I have been organizing yoga workshops in primary and secondary schools.
I grew up and completed all my schooling in north London, in the beautiful suburb of East Finchley – home of one of the oldest cinemas in England and the UK Head Office of McDonalds! Graduating in Psychology from Bristol University in 2000 led me to further my interest in cognitive and developmental psychology by completing an MSc in Child Development at the Institute of Education (University College – London). I have experience working with children with special needs (autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia) as well as being a member of several developmental research teams both at the Institute of Psychiatry (Kings College, London) and the Institute of Child Health (University College, London
After spending some time working for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Department of Education in London I took some time out and spent 6 months in Kenya where I partook in some voluntary work, working on several education and health-based projects in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation as well as travelling extensively through eastern and southern Africa on a truck safari for 2 months.
On my return to London I went back to the Department of Education where I really learnt first-hand what it is like behind the scenes of education, getting involved in policy/decision making and question selection of examinations. This is where my interest in teaching really grew. My passion was always to work with young people and teaching is definitely a career like no other, so in 2003 I finally took the step and completed the Primary PGCE at Cambridge University. I have been teaching the British Curriculum since 2005 in inner city London schools (Grades 1 to 5). From the word go I immersed myself fully into school life- both within the classroom and amongst the wider school community. I have held key management responsibilities across all schools that I have worked in such as Head of Key Stage 2 (7-11 years), Year 5 (Grade 4) Leader and Gifted and Talented coordinator, to name a few. I worked with gifted writers in Grade 1 to develop their descriptive writing skills and set up a young journalist group with high performing writers in Grades 4 and 5, publishing a school newspaper every term.
I decided to make the move to the Middle East in 2014, moving to Doha initially, where I was Head of Year 5 (Grade 4) at a large 6-form entry school with predominantly Qatari children. This role involved introducing and implementing a more creative topic-based curriculum and teaching a class of 28 Qatari boys. I moved to Dubai in 2015 and have been teaching here ever since, most recently at the Swiss school where I teach Grade 4 and developed leadership skills through the Primary School Council.
As part of my travel and through voluntary work, I have visited a number of schools in both Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi (working on a project promoting health and hygiene, as well as advising on special educational needs)– where in some classes there are over 100 children all eager to learn with barely any resources or technology! One of my passions is travelling and finding out about different cultures and traditions – having travelled extensively in Europe, North America, Africa, South-East Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Charity is another one of my passions, having set up a charity in my last London school to provide clean water (boreholes) and proper toilet facilities to schools in Mombasa – Kenya. I have most recently been involved in initiatives set up by Dubai Cares and the WE Organisation. I enjoy encouraging children to show an interest in the world, to be curious about different countries and cultures and to be internationally-minded, bringing in all our experiences and backgrounds into the classroom setting. My other interests lie in art, particularly contemporary, abstract and impressionist art – you will often find me around Alserkal Avenue or at Cinema Akil or visiting various art exhibitions in Sharjah. I enjoy keeping fit, playing squash and the more extreme sports such as sky diving and bungee jumping. Most recently I have taken up stand up paddling and a bit of yoga!
My philosophy in life has been to never judge a book by its cover – in teaching to not make preconceived judgements about a child without getting to know them inside out. I allow every child an equal chance, the opportunity to be inquisitive and to be able to ask lots of questions.
Maths, English, test prep and reading lessons in Spalding, UK.
I beleive in my skills and guidance. I can help childdren to reach their potentials. i have worked various children with different needs. i can help children to succeed and enjoy their learning in effective and through interesting activities.