I am a final year Law with French Law student at the University of Birmingham.
Before starting university, I worked in Paris for a year as an Au pair and I have just completed an Erasmus year in Strasbourg studying French Law. It comes as no surprise that I love France and all things French! I am passionate about speaking and learning French and hope to share my enthusiasm during the tutorials so you too can master this beautiful language!
I am patient, friendly and, above all, I fully understand the difficulties of learning a foreign language (I am currently trying to learn German).
During my second year at university, I mentored Year 10 students about options available after GCSEs. I really enjoyed helping my mentees and watching them progress so I hope I can do the same for you through tutoring!
Law is the main aspect of my degree and for as long as I can remember I have wanted to become a lawyer. I am currently applying for jobs to become a trainee solicitor. I can answer any questions about Law degrees and the path to becoming a solicitor or a barrister. I also had to sit the LNAT as part of my university application and can advise on how best to prepare. I know only too well how stressful the UCAS form can be so if you need help with Personal Statements, I can share my experiences and hopefully I can make the whole process that little bit easier!
It is important to me that you get the most out of the tutorials, so I will ask you what you would like to cover and the areas we need to focus on. The key areas to learn French are speaking, listening, reading and writing. I aim to make each of these aspects fun and interesting by using a variety of methods (games, quizzes, clear explanations, practice questions etc.) to suit your learning style. By the end of each session, I hope you will appreciate French a little bit more and most of all enjoy the challenge of learning a new language.
If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a “WebMail” or book a “Meet the Tutor Session” which you can do through this website. Please let me know your exam board and which areas you would like to improve. I look forward to meeting you!
|French||A Level||£20 /hr|
|-Personal Statements-||Mentoring||£20 /hr|
|.LNAT.||Uni Admissions Test||£25 /hr|
|Before 12pm||12pm - 5pm||After 5pm|
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In short, get listening to as much French as possible! It may seem simple and obvious but it is honestly the best way to improve your listening skills and it will also help your pronunciation when it comes to the speaking exam.
Listen to French through as many means as possible, even just in the background. Listening to French radio, music and audiobooks for about 10 minutes a day are a great way to start. At the beginning you may feel like you do not understand anything - this is completely normal! However, what you don't realise is getting your ears used to hearing French on a regular basis will really help you improve.
Once you've given this a go, the next stage is to start watching videos, series and films with English (or French, if you're feeling confident) subtitles.
The main difficulty is only knowing a limited number of words, so really try and learn your vocabulary. If you keep hearing the same word when you're listening to French, look it up and make a note in your own vocabulary book.
It is definitely difficult trying to understand French but don't panic, you don't need to understand every word! The examiners want you to be able to understand the main ideas and pick out some key details, but it really isn't necessary to understand every word to do well.
So my advice... start listening to some French now!see more