Daniel W.

Daniel W.

£20 - £25 /hr

Modern and Medieval Languages (Bachelors) - Cambridge University

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About me

I am a graduate of MML (French and Spanish) from the University of Cambridge. I studied at the École Normale Supérieure on my year abroad and I am greatly fascinated by every aspect of languages. I have studied French for twelve years now and have benefited greatly from the world-class education I have received at both Cambridge and the ENS. I have adopted a meticulous approach to language study as I have sought to improve in all areas. It is very important not to neglect any area when studying a foreign language! Grammar forms the bedrock of effective communication, as does having a good vocabulary. Learning to express oneself naturally in a foreign language and avoiding anglicisms is always extremely important. I will encourage my students to read French literature and follow the French news to improve their vocabulary and grasp of idiomatic expressions. I shall also encourage them to watch French films and listen to French radio as these are great ways of again acquiring vocabulary but also honing one's listening comprehension skills and pronunciation. French pronunciation is not always easy for native English speakers and that is something I will encourage my students to work on so that they can express themselves more naturally in the language.

I am a graduate of MML (French and Spanish) from the University of Cambridge. I studied at the École Normale Supérieure on my year abroad and I am greatly fascinated by every aspect of languages. I have studied French for twelve years now and have benefited greatly from the world-class education I have received at both Cambridge and the ENS. I have adopted a meticulous approach to language study as I have sought to improve in all areas. It is very important not to neglect any area when studying a foreign language! Grammar forms the bedrock of effective communication, as does having a good vocabulary. Learning to express oneself naturally in a foreign language and avoiding anglicisms is always extremely important. I will encourage my students to read French literature and follow the French news to improve their vocabulary and grasp of idiomatic expressions. I shall also encourage them to watch French films and listen to French radio as these are great ways of again acquiring vocabulary but also honing one's listening comprehension skills and pronunciation. French pronunciation is not always easy for native English speakers and that is something I will encourage my students to work on so that they can express themselves more naturally in the language.

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About my sessions

Above all, I am here to help the student. Therefore, I will always look to ask students what they hope to gain from my sessions. This will help me to identify areas to target and also encourage my students to be self-reflective. Constant evaluation is an important part of the learning process. I will be very happy to mark work, work on pronunciation with students and suggest resources that students can use to develop their language skills outside of the lessons. This is critical because language-learning does require personal diligence and can be a time-consuming yet very enjoyable process. I will look to remind students of things we have covered in previous sessions so that we can both follow their progression and so that they can retain what they have learnt.

Above all, I am here to help the student. Therefore, I will always look to ask students what they hope to gain from my sessions. This will help me to identify areas to target and also encourage my students to be self-reflective. Constant evaluation is an important part of the learning process. I will be very happy to mark work, work on pronunciation with students and suggest resources that students can use to develop their language skills outside of the lessons. This is critical because language-learning does require personal diligence and can be a time-consuming yet very enjoyable process. I will look to remind students of things we have covered in previous sessions so that we can both follow their progression and so that they can retain what they have learnt.

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ALISON Parent from St. Albans Lesson review 8 Dec '18, 12:00

8 Dec, 2018

Daniel is well prepared and is helping my son revise GCSE French and to practice his speaking skills. The sessions are perfectly tailored for his needs and thoroughly enjoyable. Real progress has been made in just a few sessions. Thank you

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ALISON Parent from St. Albans Lesson review 24 Nov '18, 14:00

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Cal Parent from Loughborough Lesson review 19 Sep '18, 20:30

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Cal Parent from Loughborough Lesson review 12 Sep '18, 20:45

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
FrenchA-level (A2)A*
BiologyA-level (A2)A*
MathsA-level (A2)A

General Availability

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12 - 5pm
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12 - 5pm

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
FrenchA Level£22 /hr
SpanishA Level£22 /hr
FrenchGCSE£20 /hr
SpanishGCSE£20 /hr
Oxbridge PreparationMentoring£22 /hr
MLAT (Modern Languages)University£25 /hr

Questions Daniel has answered

How do I decide whether to use the perfect or the imperfect tense?

The perfect and imperfect tenses are both used to describe a past tense in French. The imperfect tense is often a more descriptive tense and is used to set the scene and 'frame' the more punctual perfect tense. If you were wanting to describe scenery then you would use the imperfect tense. The imperfect tense can however be used to describe a repeated action in the past when the duration of that action is not specified. If, for example, you wanted to say 'I used to play football', you would write 'je jouais au foot'. The perfect tense is used to describe action and more punctual events. You might start off by saying that a room was quiet for example to frame action but as soon as you say, 'the man walked in', you would use the perfect tense to describe this more instantaneous, active event. The perfect tense can also be used to describe something you used to do in the past if the duration of the activity is given. For example, you would say 'j'ai joué au foot pendant huit ans'.The perfect and imperfect tenses are both used to describe a past tense in French. The imperfect tense is often a more descriptive tense and is used to set the scene and 'frame' the more punctual perfect tense. If you were wanting to describe scenery then you would use the imperfect tense. The imperfect tense can however be used to describe a repeated action in the past when the duration of that action is not specified. If, for example, you wanted to say 'I used to play football', you would write 'je jouais au foot'. The perfect tense is used to describe action and more punctual events. You might start off by saying that a room was quiet for example to frame action but as soon as you say, 'the man walked in', you would use the perfect tense to describe this more instantaneous, active event. The perfect tense can also be used to describe something you used to do in the past if the duration of the activity is given. For example, you would say 'j'ai joué au foot pendant huit ans'.

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