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Gemma L.

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Degree: Russian with Spanish (Bachelors) - Exeter University

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About me

Hi, I’m Gemma,

I’m a third year student at Exeter University studying Russian with Spanish. I studied Russian GCSE and A Level and I started Spanish at Uni. I also studied French up to AS so I have a good understanding of what examiners looks for in language exams but I personally think that language learning shouldn’t just be about ticking boxes and jumping through hoops to get good grades and that it’s really important to have a good understanding of all the grammar to build on rather than regurgitate something you’ve read without understanding why it’s like that.

I’ve had a lot of different experiences learning languages and I also studied Teaching English as a foreign language in first year which gave me a really good insight into teaching grammar and keeping language lessons fun and interesting from the teacher’s side of the desk and I have recently started teaching English in my free time here in Russia. If there is one thing I’ve realised in my years studying languages, it’s that if the lesson is boring nothing stays in your head and it is a waste of time.

I think that grammar exercises are useful as it is the only way to drill the rules into your head but I understand that they’re really boring and so I plan to do other things as well as language learning is definitely not just grammar rules because at the end of the day, you learn a language so you can communicate with locals and not to recite a textbook and it’s not exactly useful if you can write out endless verb tables if you can’t speak to a native when you come face to face with one.

I am very passionate about the culture of both Russia and Spain and would love to pass on that passion. They are both such interesting countries and I’d be more than happy to find interesting articles in the language to go over during the tutorial with you as I think that is a much more interesting way to learn language and culture than just straight from a textbook

I’m also more than happy to offer any advice on the personal statement writing and offer recommendations of books to read or films to watch.

If you think that I’d be the right tutor for you, drop me a message. As I am a third year, I am currently on my year abroad and I am 6 hours ahead of English time  which makes me generally free during English day time and early evening. I am flexible with my times though so if you have any questions just ask and we can work out a good time.

I hope to meet you soon in the virtual classroom.

¡Hasta Luego! До скорого.

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Russian A Level £20 /hr
Spanish A Level £20 /hr
Russian GCSE £18 /hr
Spanish GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
RussianA-LevelA
English LiteratureA-LevelB
HistoryA-LevelB
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CRB/DBS Standard

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CRB/DBS Enhanced

No

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Questions Gemma has answered

When should I use the Genitive?

The Genitive case normally denotes POSSESSION If you are saying something belongs to someone by using 's or 'of' in English then use the Genitive case. - 'Anna's chair' --> 'the chair of Anna' --> 'стул Анны' The Genitive is also commonly used when something or someone is absent. The absent ...

The Genitive case normally denotes POSSESSION

If you are saying something belongs to someone by using 's or 'of' in English then use the Genitive case.

- 'Anna's chair' --> 'the chair of Anna' --> 'стул Анны'

The Genitive is also commonly used when something or someone is absent. The absent object or person is in the genitive case.

- 'There are no tables' --> 'столов нет'

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