Bennett S.

Bennett S.

£22 - £26 /hr

Modern Languages (French and Spanish) (Bachelors) - The Queen's College, Oxford University

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About me

Hello! I'm Bennett and I study at the Queen's College, Oxford, where I'm currently in the middle of a four-year BA in French and Spanish. I love foreign languages and everything about them. My studies of these two languages have given me countless opportunities to discover the literature and culture associated with them. From conversing with the locals on a trip to Provence to grappling with medieval Spanish poetry, there is always a rewarding challenge when it comes to these two languages, and my experience has been overwhelmingly positive.

In essence, as a tutor, my aim is to help you achieve your very best in your exams, and I want to do this in a way that both gives you all the tools you need to get the best grade and truly engage you with the language. I remember well the challenges of exam preparation, feeling as if I would never be able to learn everything, or that there was no way to get better, and my approach will help you realise that this is not the case! The course at Oxford has given me a rigorous grounding in the most fiendish grammar French and Spanish have to offer, and I was the best-performing student in my year in the first year Spanish exams, so you can rest assured that I ‘know my stuff’!

Hello! I'm Bennett and I study at the Queen's College, Oxford, where I'm currently in the middle of a four-year BA in French and Spanish. I love foreign languages and everything about them. My studies of these two languages have given me countless opportunities to discover the literature and culture associated with them. From conversing with the locals on a trip to Provence to grappling with medieval Spanish poetry, there is always a rewarding challenge when it comes to these two languages, and my experience has been overwhelmingly positive.

In essence, as a tutor, my aim is to help you achieve your very best in your exams, and I want to do this in a way that both gives you all the tools you need to get the best grade and truly engage you with the language. I remember well the challenges of exam preparation, feeling as if I would never be able to learn everything, or that there was no way to get better, and my approach will help you realise that this is not the case! The course at Oxford has given me a rigorous grounding in the most fiendish grammar French and Spanish have to offer, and I was the best-performing student in my year in the first year Spanish exams, so you can rest assured that I ‘know my stuff’!

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If you have decided to work with me, together we will work out some concrete goals. Maybe your verb conjugation really needs some work, or you want to get better at the writing component of the exam – whatever your priorities are, we can get straight to them and tackle them methodically, going over the theory and then putting it into practice. We can draw up a timetable that incorporates all the particular areas for improvement you choose, as well as opportunities for seeing how you're managing with the different constituent parts of the exam. This will involve both plenty of practice questions and real life examples of texts or videos in the target language (which could be about your personal interests perhaps), which we will work through together so that you can get a feel of the language in action and learn useful phrases. I will also show you the tricks I myself used for expanding my vocabulary, and importantly, learning it so that it sticks!

If you have decided to work with me, together we will work out some concrete goals. Maybe your verb conjugation really needs some work, or you want to get better at the writing component of the exam – whatever your priorities are, we can get straight to them and tackle them methodically, going over the theory and then putting it into practice. We can draw up a timetable that incorporates all the particular areas for improvement you choose, as well as opportunities for seeing how you're managing with the different constituent parts of the exam. This will involve both plenty of practice questions and real life examples of texts or videos in the target language (which could be about your personal interests perhaps), which we will work through together so that you can get a feel of the language in action and learn useful phrases. I will also show you the tricks I myself used for expanding my vocabulary, and importantly, learning it so that it sticks!

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Nicola Parent from Dubai Lesson review 11 Feb, 13:00

11 Feb

nice guy very enthusiastic about learning

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Nicola Parent from Dubai Lesson review 8 Feb, 10:30

8 Feb

great lessons

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Nicola Parent from Dubai Lesson review 31 Jan, 12:45

31 Jan

very nice

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Oscar Student Lesson review 21 Jan, 13:00

21 Jan

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
English LiteratureA-level (A2)A*
FrenchA-level (A2)A*
SpanishA-level (A2)A*
MathsA-level (A2)A*

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
FrenchA Level£24 /hr
SpanishA Level£24 /hr
FrenchGCSE£22 /hr
SpanishGCSE£22 /hr
French13 Plus£22 /hr
Spanish13 Plus£22 /hr
Oxbridge PreparationMentoring£24 /hr
Personal StatementsMentoring£24 /hr
MLAT (Modern Languages)University£26 /hr

Questions Bennett has answered

When should you use the imperfect and when the "passé composé" while narrating an episode in the past?

This is one of the trickiest aspects of learning how to use verbs in French, since English often lacks the clear distinction between the imperfect (in French expressed with verb forms with endings like '-ais'/'ait') and perfect ('avoir' plus the past participle, known as the passé composé). I have always imagined the difference between the two with the following analogy. Picture a stage. At the back is a colourful backdrop and some support cast miming. This is the information which should be conveyed in the imperfect: the scene is being set for the main drama later. If we were to describe what we see, this would be done in the imperfect: "Il faisait beau" ("The weather was nice"; "Des passants bavardaient" ("Some passersby were chatting"); "Le jardin était vert" ("The garden was green"). This should make clear the descriptive quality the imperfect often has, and also illustrates how these things are all ongoing and lack an obvious duration. Imagine now that the protagonist bursts onto the stage, screams, and drops dead. The perfect tense is used for precisely this, the main events, which will have a clear beginning and end. So: "Soudain, le voleur est entré" (Suddenly, the robber came in), "Il a crié, et puis est mort" (He shouted, and then died). If we put the two tenses together, the differences between the pair are clear: "Des passants bavardaient (imperfect: descriptive, ongoing, background info) quand le voleur est entré" (passé composé: sudden action, clear beginning and end). If you bear this distinction in mind, it will be a lot easier to pick the right tense when writing in the past in French. This is one of the trickiest aspects of learning how to use verbs in French, since English often lacks the clear distinction between the imperfect (in French expressed with verb forms with endings like '-ais'/'ait') and perfect ('avoir' plus the past participle, known as the passé composé). I have always imagined the difference between the two with the following analogy. Picture a stage. At the back is a colourful backdrop and some support cast miming. This is the information which should be conveyed in the imperfect: the scene is being set for the main drama later. If we were to describe what we see, this would be done in the imperfect: "Il faisait beau" ("The weather was nice"; "Des passants bavardaient" ("Some passersby were chatting"); "Le jardin était vert" ("The garden was green"). This should make clear the descriptive quality the imperfect often has, and also illustrates how these things are all ongoing and lack an obvious duration. Imagine now that the protagonist bursts onto the stage, screams, and drops dead. The perfect tense is used for precisely this, the main events, which will have a clear beginning and end. So: "Soudain, le voleur est entré" (Suddenly, the robber came in), "Il a crié, et puis est mort" (He shouted, and then died). If we put the two tenses together, the differences between the pair are clear: "Des passants bavardaient (imperfect: descriptive, ongoing, background info) quand le voleur est entré" (passé composé: sudden action, clear beginning and end). If you bear this distinction in mind, it will be a lot easier to pick the right tense when writing in the past in French.

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