'Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world'.
Born and raised in Brittany, France, I came to London after passing my Baccalauréat in 1998. Since then I have been working with children & young people one way or another my whole life. I have been a French au pair, mentor, social engagement enabler, drama practitioner, professional children's entertainer and circus skills teacher.
Following my degree in Applied Theatre & Education at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, I joined two Education companies using the Arts as a means of delivering the school curriculum. I quickly realised teaching French was going to be a passion so I continued in that direction. It was towards the end of my PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) training at University of East London that I got an enquiry to work with a primary school which needed help delivering engaging French lessons. I accepted the job and became their resident French teacher for 4 years.
In the classroom I observed that the use of my creative skills combined with a very well structured lesson minimised behavioural issues and increased children's engagement and curiosity for the language. As a result the progress was highly noticeable and was observed across children of all ages, cultures and abilities. In that time I was also hired as a freelance French drama specialist by secondary schools to deliver French enrichment workshops and the results were similar: a total focus from the students, genuine joy to learn and a strong desire to speak French.
Alongside my work in schools I have tutored children and young people aged 5 to 18 (online and in person) preparing many of them for school entrance or end of year exams. I realised there was a high demand of parents looking for the right tutor for their child. Parents I spoke to either confided how daunting it felt to begin filtering through the high number of tutors available in tutoring agencies, or some had had a negative experience previously, and others felt pressure from the need to find a tutor who was really going to help their child catch up, develop confidence and be successful at exams.
I created My Language Tuition in order to cater for these needs.
I have successfully supported a high number of students with their grammar, pronunciation, listening and reading skills. I've helped them become confident speakers and grow an interest for languages and other cultures.
What kind of teacher am I?
A rapport of trust is vital and I genuinely care about my students' individual wellbeing and learning needs. I listen and have empathy but I am firm when this is required.
I am thorough in my work and have reasonably high expectations of my students as well as being sensitive to their learning needs and style. I plan my lessons very carefully and I provide homework as this consolidates our work together. I believe in the power of consistent praise and building confidence gradually.
As an educator I also place a high value on skills which will support my students' progression. These include the ability to think critically and independently, having a positive mindset and being patient with oneself, organising time efficiently, developing study habits and also understanding that learning comes with making mistakes and being able to receive constructive feedback.
This means that as well as progressing in French, students are also inevitably improving in other subjects and developing skills for life.
Other skills that help me be a better teacher:
In 2018 I did a foundation training in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (with Terapia) for 1 year. It gave me even more insight into how children's minds develop and function. It also confirmed my view that every child being different, there isn't a one-size-fits-all pedagogy.
I am also a qualified yoga teacher (with Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training) and I have taught some calming breathing techniques to some of my students who felt stressed before exams.