My name's Heidi and I am an English and French teacher. I am based in South-West France where I have lived for seven years, before that I lived in the South-East of England. My interests are reading, watching films, painting (badly!), walking and travelling!
I am a qualified TEFL teacher, I did my training in Toulouse two years ago, and ever since then I have been teaching private lessons to adults, group lessons to children in after-school clubs and lessons via Skype.
I also help students with their English exams, as a high level is expected of them, adults wanting to better their career choices and children, whose parents don't want them to forget their English!
My wide variety of clients has enabled me to hone my teaching skills and really develop as a teacher.
Going through the French school system, I realized how many people needed help with their language but couldn't seem to find the right teacher. This is where I stepped in! I really enjoy helping people with their English and expats with their French, as learning a new language can be a difficult and daunting task.
I believe that when teaching languages, a wide variety of methods is important. All four bases should be covered (writing, listening, speaking and grammar) using a range of exercises, depending on the age of the learner and what it is they want to gain from their lessons.
I try to build up the confidence of the student so that they then have the courage to go and use their new set of skills in the world. I do this by engaging them in the subject, building up their knowledge and vocabulary, with each exercise growing in difficulty.
Finally, I finish with an activity which uses their newly learnt skills so that they come away feeling as if they've really achieved something.
Lessons should always be fun, interesting and most importantly, clear.
Bonjour à tous !
Je m'appelle Heidi et je vis dans le sud-ouest de la France depuis sept ans. Avant ça, j'ai habité dans le sud-est de l'Angleterre.
J'aime faire la peinture, lire, regarder les films, se promener et voyager!
J'ai fait des études TEFL à Toulouse il y a deux ans et je donne des cours d'anglais et de français depuis! J'enseigne des adultes qui veulent améliorer leur carrière, les groupes d'enfants dans les activités périscolaires et les étudiants qui ont besoin de soutien scolaire pour leurs examens. Cette varieté de clients m'a donné l'expérience et de développer comme professeur.
Je crois que les cours doivent avoir une varieté de méthodes (écrire, écouter, parler et grammaire) avec des exercices qui correpondent au niveau et à l'âge de l'étudiant. Mon but est de faire cultiver la confiance de l'étudiant pour qu'il peut utilser ses atouts dans le monde. J'utilise des exercices qui commencent facilement et puis deviennent plus difficile. En conséquence, l'étudiant sent qu'il a accompli quelque chose qui va être utile dans le cours.
Heidi you are awesome! I can't wait for our next session even if I have to take lessons forever! I'm going to use my internet time much more wisely this week.
Great starting lesson :)
Brilliant teacher! Highly recommend to everyone.