Confidence in Communication
I am a native English speaker, fluent in French and qualified with a BA (Hons) Modern European Languages (French and Spanish) from Durham University. Currently based in North-East England, I offer teaching, proofreading and translation services in French and English. Other teachers, proofreaders and translators support this work, also providing other languages such as Spanish and Catalan.
I have been teaching English to individual students and small groups of all ages since 2003, and set up Express Language in 2006. Lessons take place at studentsí homes, in bars, in coffee shops and in more formal settings, according to the type of training required. Language programmes are tailored to each studentís abilities and preferences.
I worked with Durham University Student Community Action to teach drama to children at an after-school club. Drama is an important language tool, and is encouraged in most Express Language lessons. This often takes place in the form of role-play, where drama techniques help students learn to speak clearly and confidently.
I helped airport employees through language studies as a part of their training for employment. This included researching and creating new learning resources, giving guidance on formal writing and teaching grammar and pronunciation to small groups and individuals. I also hosted discussion groups and debates on topics of interest. Students were allocated classes according to their ability level, and were given individual help with new vocabulary and grammatical structures they had learnt, as well as patient training in pronunciation.
I taught daily English classes of about 20 European children and teenagers. The students were on holiday, so fun was the key. They especially liked the games! Students enjoyed using English to make friends with children from other countries, and to buy ice-creams and souvenirs during excursions!