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11-14 years: weekly tuition to build confidence...

Learning foreign languages at secondary school is a very different experience from primary. A weekly top-up, to go over new concepts, help with homework or plug any holes in understanding, can go a long way to smoothing the transition. Combined with a continuation of the 3-10 years "immersion and fun" activities, students will experience a practical blend of conversation, phonics & spelling, vocabulary building, writing skills and, most importantly, enjoyment!

Individual: £30 per hour.
Pair: £45 per hour.

7-10 years: immersion and fun...

Primary schools provide a fantastic opportunity for children to engage with a foreign language and with the prospect of new and interesting countries where it is spoken.

This is the perfect age to get to know a foreign language; our "language-learning-window" is still wide open and our vocabulary/new concept receptors are at full capacity. Primary school classes are now full of resources and well trained staff, but with only a small time frame per week in which to "have a go".

If your child is raring to go, with a keen ear for French/German, or a love of the country and language, why not try "immersion and fun"?

This combines the primary school approach to learning (including phonics and vocabulary building) with an abundance of authentic French/German stories, music, film and games. All activities and conversation are conducted entirely in French/German, to make it a proper "immersion zone" each week.

Group (up to 4): £22 per 40 minute session.
Individual: £16 for 40 minute session.

GCSE: end of course exams...

Speaking and Writing:
Preparing for speaking and writing can be daunting.
We can help you

  • optimise your vocabulary knowledge and key phrases
  • prepare and practise your role play and photo card responses
  • enhance your conversation skills
  • improve your pronunciation and spelling
  • revise tenses and other grammar points
  • develop your translation skills
  • maximise memorisation

    • Walk into that exam with confidence!

      Reading and Listening:
      Our phonics and vocabulary building techniques, along with plenty of past paper practice, will prepare you well for the listening and reading papers.

      You can book weekly lessons to give you a smooth overall learning experience, or schedule them for when you're in particular need (subject to availability).

      Tuition:
      Individual £30 per hour.
      Pair £45 per hour.

Private School Entry Exams ...

The Common Entrance Exam, taken at 13+ in French/German, is an important step for your child. The wide range of subjects in which many independent senior schools expect a result can make the year(s) leading up to the exams seem like a very long haul indeed. Our Common Entrance Exam preparation sessions can help your child fill any gaps in knowledge, improve understanding, gain confidence, practise past papers and develop exam technique.

How we can help...

  • Crack the phonic code for better pronunciation and spelling.
  • Increase your vocabulary.
  • Improve your conversation style and deal calmly with questions.
  • Optimize your content in your “prepared topic”.
  • Practise listening to and reading extracts of the language, picking out the main points.
  • Strengthen your knowledge of grammar to raise your standard of writing and speaking.
  • You can book weekly lessons to give you a smooth overall learning experience, or choose an intensive course of lessons during each school holiday.
    • Tuition:
      Individual: £30 per hour
      Pair: £45 per hour

Holiday, Holiday Home and Business Survival Classes...

Planning a holiday, using your holiday home or facing a business trip abroad? You can gain a whole lot more enjoyment, and a whole lot more business, if you can engage with people in their own language, even if only on a basic or intermediate level.

  • Most people will appreciate your efforts and will generally be more helpful and polite.
  • You are less likely to be "ripped off" if you know your numbers!
  • It's amazing how much enjoyable conversation can be had if both parties have a try in each other's language.
  • It is estimated that one in five UK firms (21%) were concerned that weaknesses in foreign language proficiency was losing them business and half (52%) of those were looking to recruit staff with appropriate skills. (CBI/Pearson Survey 2012)

    • How we can help...
      • Holiday specific reading/listening practice: rail/flight announcements, menus, motorway signs etc.
      • Emergency situations: what to say/do/expect.
      • Email and phone call etiquette.
      • Asking for help/clarification/explanation.
      • Social conversation and small talk.
      • Business introductions and presentation skills.
        • Tuition:
          Individual: £30 per hour
          Group (up to 4): £45 per hour

Conversation Classes...

What would you like to talk about?

If your language is rusty or you'd like to refresh and improve your knowledge and skills, why not try some conversation in a relaxed environment? The content can be whatever you like:

  • General conversation topics
  • Book, music or film reviews
  • Current affairs
  • Chat while playing a board game
    • Individual: £30 per hour
      Group (up to 4): £45 per hour

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