“Il y autant de générosité à recevoir qu’à donner”
Our French Language Centre is certainly new in Brighton but our teachers have years of experience in teaching French. So here are their students’ testimonials / recommendations.
Ben, 26, Southampton (UK) I was looking for a French teacher in order to improve my French before starting work for the Haitian government. Although I already spoke reasonable conversational French, I was finding it very difficult to express more complex ideas using specialist language; something that will be very important in my work.
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I was very pleased to find my teacher online giving very reasonable rates for one-to-one tuition. I had an intense set of eight hours of lessons which focused a lot on my oral presentation skills, using a lot of language that will be necessary in my work.
I was initially slightly concerned that a lesson would be more difficult via Skype than face-to-face but this was not at all a problem. In fact, my teacher technique of correcting me while I spoke using the instant messenger was extremely helpful as it didn't interrupt my flow, allowed me to see the spelling of my mistakes and gave me a ready made set of notes from which to work from in my own time.
I found my teacher to be very enthusiastic and committed to teaching, and she really succeeded in tailoring the lessons to my specific needs. I feel much more confident now than before I started the lessons and I am looking forward to speaking French in Haiti.
Colin, 72, Leeds (UK) I am a 72 year old male born and bred in England and have been living in Leeds, West Yorkshire for the past 40 years. I began French conversation lessons with my teacher about one year ago and although I have visited France many times I am far from fluent in French.
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My teacher, generously, grades me at upper-intermediate level. I am learning French purely for my own enjoyment and to improve my ability to hold conversations with French people when I am on vacation in France.
I spent most of my working life involved in the education of adults both as a teacher and an organiser. So, I am very experienced at evaluating the effectiveness of tutors. My teacher gets top marks from me in every respect: she is patient, clear, informative and very sensitive to my learning needs and style.
I would wholeheartedly recommend her as an excellent and supportive tutor for anyone wishing to improve their French whatever their level.
Alison, 48, Dorchester (UK) I am an English national living in Dorset and have been having lessons with my teacher for over a year now. I am currently studying for a degree in French and Spanish at the Open University as a mature student and I contacted my teacher because I wanted to have some extra conversation lessons.
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When I started my lessons I already had a reasonable level of French but I wanted to improve this. It has been my aim to take my speaking skills to a new level so that I can communicate effectively in a sophisticated manner. Over the course of the last year and a bit my French has improved greatly and I am now able to discuss any subject with confidence and in a manner appropriate to the audience.
My teacher has adapted my lessons perfectly to accommodate my needs. She always gently pushes me beyond my comfort zone and, as a result, my confidence has grown. During the lessons my teacher makes notes of all the new vocabulary and expressions which leaves me free to focus on my French.
I would highly recommend my teacher to anyone who wants to learn French. She is passionate about her subject and is able to convey her knowledge in a fun and interesting way.
David, 23, Aberdeen (Scotland) My name’s David, I’m 23 years old, Scottish and my maternal language is English. I live in Scotland and I started to take lessons in September 2013 after a trip to Paris where I realised that I wanted to learn French to a high level.
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I decided I wanted to learn French seriously so I looked for teachers online and found my teacher and have been happy ever since with my lessons. I had a very basic level of French, I could barely say a sentence before I took lessons with my teacher.
I feel these lessons have helped me greatly and pushed me to a level I think I could not have achieved without a very good teacher. I think that my teacher is a great teacher as she is the right mix of easy-going and focused, every lesson I feel like I have learned lots, had fun and always going further towards my goals at the same time. I think that after over a year of lessons I have a higher level of French that I expected to have when I started lessons.
I would whole heartedly recommend becoming a student of my teacher as she will help you achieve your goals and you will enjoy the experience of learning French even more.
James, 25, London (UK) I am British living in London, and English is my native language. I studied French at school to A-Level, but for the last 4 years I have spoken French 3 or 4 hours a week on average, so when I started my lessons with my teacher one year ago I was already at an advanced level.
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However there is a very clear difference in my level now compared to what it was at that stage, and there is no doubt in my mind that is in very large part due to my teacher's particular teaching method and her enthusiasm and dedication.
I started my lessons with my teacher with a clear objective in mind- namely, although I was fluent I wanted to deepen my understanding of the language – using more advanced structures, vocabulary, and generally looking to bridge the gap as much as I could between where I was and the level of a native.
I have found my teacher's teaching method to be absolutely perfect for me– she is extremely professional, dedicated and in my opinion significantly better than the numerous other French teachers I have had. One particular example I have found extremely useful is her typing corrections or suggestions via Skype when the lesson is in progress. At the end of an hour-long lesson I will on average see 40+ Skype messages with e.g. more advanced/ widely-utilised phrases for something I have said, or a correction such as the incorrect gender being used.
At the end of the lesson she will spend a few minutes going through what she has written, so that I have the explanation and context. I have been having lessons with my teacher for around one year, on average three or four lessons a week, and she continues to do this with the same diligence as she did at the start. This is one example of her professionalism in general being outstanding.
As mentioned, I started taking lessons with my teacher when I already had an advanced level and wanted to deepen my grasp of the language, and her approach of teaching has been invaluable to me over the last year. However I have no doubt at all that with her diligence, enthusiasm, and effort she would tailor the best approach for the student in question to progress, regardless of level. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.