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Jess A.

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Degree: Modern Languages (French and German) (Bachelors) - Oxford Alumni University

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About me

About me:

I studied French and German at Oxford University (2012 - 2016); my studies focused on written and spoken language skills as well as on literature. I am now a Master's Student at Durham University where I am working on a research project about French literature. Alongside my studies I practice yoga, take classes in aerial arts, and take part in voluntary work with the elderly. I am incredibly enthusiastic about languages and literature; hopefully my tutorials will help you to improve and to love languages too!

I spent a year studying in Germany and working in France. During my time in Germany, I helped several students improve their English on a one-to-one basis and took part in a volunteering project as a mentor for a nine year old boy. My students included an eleven year old boy whom I helped to improve his written and spoken English as well as several students my own age who helped me to improve my German in return; I therefore have experience as both a tutor and a tutee. Whilst I was in Oxford, I took part in workshops and events with various schools to promote languages, literature, and university-level study. I therefore have lots of relevant experience which I hope to build on as a tutor; I am patient, flexible, and approachable. 

Tutorials:

I'm interested in how you learn best so each of my sessions will be tailored to your needs and interests. Studying languages is amazing because it involves so many different skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking, and has so many different aspects: grammar, vocabulary, and cultural knowledge. Studying English Literature is also fantastic; seeing how writers use language to create their texts gives us a window into a whole new world.

Understanding the French or German language or the texts you are studying for English is crucial, so we'll use lots of different methods including games and puzzles to check that you understand the material before focusing on exam questions. 

Students who are not studying for school qualifactions:

So far through MyTutor I have been working with students preparing for French, German, and English GCSEs as well as for the Extended Project Qualification. I would, however, be willing to help those who are interested in learning French or German for pleasure or practical purposes with no particular qualificaiton in mind.

Applying to university to study Modern Languages:

If you are interested in studying French, German, or any other combination of languages at university I am happy to help. I have first-hand experience of the Oxford admissions process so would be delighted to give advice about any part of it, including interviews and the MLAT admissions test. I'm also happy to give guidance relating to any extra reading or language work you may want to do when applying to any university. 

Getting started:

If you have any questions, do get in touch via 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session'. Don't forget to let me know what Exam Board you are using and what you are finding particularly difficult!

I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Extended Project Qualification A Level £20 /hr
French A Level £20 /hr
German A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr
French GCSE £18 /hr
German GCSE £18 /hr
Maths GCSE £18 /hr
.MLAT (Modern Languages) Uni Admissions Test £25 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
French LiteratureMasters DegreePending
Modern Languages (French and German)Bachelors DegreeFirst Class
English LiteratureA-LevelA*
FrenchA-LevelA*
GermanA-LevelA*
Mathematics (AS)A-LevelA
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)A-LevelA*
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No

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How do you use the past tense in French?

In French there are three different ways of expressing things which have taken place in the past. It's different to how we do it in English so it can be tricky and confusing to start with. Here I'm just explaining how to use the three forms of the past tense, not how to form them; that's anoth...

In French there are three different ways of expressing things which have taken place in the past. It's different to how we do it in English so it can be tricky and confusing to start with. Here I'm just explaining how to use the three forms of the past tense, not how to form them; that's another question entirely!

The first method is what is called the perfect tense or the 'passé composé' in French. This is used to express single actions or events in the past which are now complete. For example:

I went to France - Je suis allé(e) en France

You did this once and now you've finished making the journey to France.

I finished my homework - J'ai fini mes devoirs

You had some homework which you did and now it's finished so it's complete, and you're talking about a single occassion on which you did your homework.

The second method, the impefect tense, or the 'imparfait' in French is used to express repeated actions in the past (this includes the use of 'used to' in English, i.e. 'I used to go to school'; you can't translate this directly into French and must use the imperfect) or to describe things. For example:

We went to France every year - Nous allions en France tous les ans

You went to France every year so you went more than once; therefore it's a repeated action so requires the impefect.

I saw him everyday - Je le voyais tous les jours

You saw him every day so more than once; it therefore requires the imperfect.

When she was young - Quand elle était jeune

My mother was happy - Ma mère était heureuse

These are descriptions so require the imperfect.

You don't really need to worry about the third method that much. The past historic, the 'passé simple' in French, is used in most literary and a few very formal texts. It's not used in modern spoken French so you only need to be able to recognise it in writing; understanding it is very helpful though if you're studying literature as part of your A Level course. Just to show you what some of it looks like, here are a few examples:

The king who lived twice. - Le roi qui vécut deux fois.

They returned home yesterday. - Ils rentrèrent à la maison hier.

It takes time to get it right so keep practising and reading in French!

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What is the best way to learn vocabulary?

This varies from person to person so it's important to try out lots of different methods and to see what works for you. German has three genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter, so when you write down your vocabulary it can be helpful to colour code it by writing the masculine words in blue,...

This varies from person to person so it's important to try out lots of different methods and to see what works for you.

German has three genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter, so when you write down your vocabulary it can be helpful to colour code it by writing the masculine words in blue, the feminine in red, and the neuter in green. Write the plural forms of nouns next to them in a different colour; it's important to learn these too and the use of different colours can help you to remember the genders more easily.

Some people use online vocabulary learning programmes such as Memrise or Anki to test themselves. Others cover up the German and attempt to write it down or say it until they have learnt it. I always find it helpful to learn things in context; I make sentences using the words I have to learn and this helps them stick in my brain. Every time you see or hear a new German word, write it down. This will help you to build up your vocabulary, learn new expressions, and to see how German is actually written and spoken.

Remember that it takes time to learn vocabulary so don't worry if you don't immediately learn a hundred new words. Keep coming back to the ones you've already learnt too to make sure that they stay in your brain.

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