Jennifer O. GCSE French tutor, A Level French tutor, GCSE English Lit...

Jennifer O.

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French and Italian (Bachelors) - University College London University

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About me

I am a French and Italian student at UCL, and because I've always loved languages, I'm keen to help you get to grips with them too. I have teaching experience as an au pair and English language tutor, and am currently studying abroad as part of my immersion Erasmus year. 

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I am a French and Italian student at UCL, and because I've always loved languages, I'm keen to help you get to grips with them too. I have teaching experience as an au pair and English language tutor, and am currently studying abroad as part of my immersion Erasmus year. 

Looking forward to meeting you!

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About my sessions

I aim to let you guide the sessions to focus on what you need help with the most, and in the way that helps you most - whether that be explaining grammar rules, helping you learn vocab, or oral conversation practice for GCSE and A-Level.

During our first online meeting I'll try to find out as much as possible about the student so I can come to lessons with pre-prepared material and exercises. Each lesson will build on the previous one, in terms of what the student finds challenging and what methods and activities are successful and enjoyable.

Alternatively, I am happy to provide one-off sessions for particular tricky problems or advice for language revision. Any questions, don't hesitate to message me!

I aim to let you guide the sessions to focus on what you need help with the most, and in the way that helps you most - whether that be explaining grammar rules, helping you learn vocab, or oral conversation practice for GCSE and A-Level.

During our first online meeting I'll try to find out as much as possible about the student so I can come to lessons with pre-prepared material and exercises. Each lesson will build on the previous one, in terms of what the student finds challenging and what methods and activities are successful and enjoyable.

Alternatively, I am happy to provide one-off sessions for particular tricky problems or advice for language revision. Any questions, don't hesitate to message me!

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
FrenchA-level (A2)A*
English LiteratureA-level (A2)A
PsychologyA-level (A2)B

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
FrenchA Level£20 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£18 /hr
FrenchGCSE£18 /hr

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How and when do I use the subjunctive?

The subjunctive in French is used when talking about theoretical situations, and also with certain phrases using 'que' - this can be tricky, because the 'que' phrases must be learnt. The subjunctive is also difficult because there are a lot of irregular verbs.

How?

First, this is how to construct the regular subjunctive, for -re, -er and -ir verbs:

Start with the present tense 3rd person plural form of the verb (eg ils restent, ils mangent). Remove the ‘ent’ to find the stem, and add the following endings: e, es, e, ions, iez, ent.

So the process for  ‘manger’ looks like this: ils mangent -> mang -> je mange, tu manges, il/elle/on mange, nous mangions, vous mangiez, ils/elles mangent.

Irregular verbs must, unfortunately, be learnt. Here are some useful examples:

Avoir: j’aie, tu aies, il/elle ait, nous ayons, vous ayez, ils/elles aient

Être: je sois, tu sois, il/elle soit, nous soyons, vous soyez, ils/elles soient

Aller: j’aille, tu ailles, il/elle aille, nous allions, vous alliez, ils aillent

When?

1.    The first way the subjunctive is employed is with expressions of doubt. While you would use the indicative with phrases like ‘je pense’ and ‘je crois’, you would use the subjunctive with their negative opposites: ‘je ne pense pas’ and ‘je ne crois pas’.

Ex:     Je ne crois pas qu’il soit ici (I do not believe he is here)

    Je doute qu’il aille (I doubt he’s going)

These expressions of doubt can also be impersonal - For example, il n’est pas clair que (it is not clear that), il semble que (it seems that).

2.    The second way you use the subjunctive is with phrases of personal opinion, followed by a ‘que’ and a verb.

Ex:    Ma mère veut que je fasse la vaisselle (My mother wants me to do the washing up)

    Il est triste qu’elle ne vienne pas (He’s sad that she isn’t coming)

    J’ai peur qu’ils soient en retard (I am scared that they’re late)

3.    Another way the subjunctive is used is with certain ‘que’ phrases that do not express doubt: these must be learnt. Here is a non-exhaustive list of useful phrases:

Il faut que (It is necessary that)

Bien que, quoique (although)

À moins que (unless)

À fin que (so that)

Pourvu que (in order that)

The subjunctive in French is used when talking about theoretical situations, and also with certain phrases using 'que' - this can be tricky, because the 'que' phrases must be learnt. The subjunctive is also difficult because there are a lot of irregular verbs.

How?

First, this is how to construct the regular subjunctive, for -re, -er and -ir verbs:

Start with the present tense 3rd person plural form of the verb (eg ils restent, ils mangent). Remove the ‘ent’ to find the stem, and add the following endings: e, es, e, ions, iez, ent.

So the process for  ‘manger’ looks like this: ils mangent -> mang -> je mange, tu manges, il/elle/on mange, nous mangions, vous mangiez, ils/elles mangent.

Irregular verbs must, unfortunately, be learnt. Here are some useful examples:

Avoir: j’aie, tu aies, il/elle ait, nous ayons, vous ayez, ils/elles aient

Être: je sois, tu sois, il/elle soit, nous soyons, vous soyez, ils/elles soient

Aller: j’aille, tu ailles, il/elle aille, nous allions, vous alliez, ils aillent

When?

1.    The first way the subjunctive is employed is with expressions of doubt. While you would use the indicative with phrases like ‘je pense’ and ‘je crois’, you would use the subjunctive with their negative opposites: ‘je ne pense pas’ and ‘je ne crois pas’.

Ex:     Je ne crois pas qu’il soit ici (I do not believe he is here)

    Je doute qu’il aille (I doubt he’s going)

These expressions of doubt can also be impersonal - For example, il n’est pas clair que (it is not clear that), il semble que (it seems that).

2.    The second way you use the subjunctive is with phrases of personal opinion, followed by a ‘que’ and a verb.

Ex:    Ma mère veut que je fasse la vaisselle (My mother wants me to do the washing up)

    Il est triste qu’elle ne vienne pas (He’s sad that she isn’t coming)

    J’ai peur qu’ils soient en retard (I am scared that they’re late)

3.    Another way the subjunctive is used is with certain ‘que’ phrases that do not express doubt: these must be learnt. Here is a non-exhaustive list of useful phrases:

Il faut que (It is necessary that)

Bien que, quoique (although)

À moins que (unless)

À fin que (so that)

Pourvu que (in order that)

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