Fiona Gardiner : Irish
Fiona Gardiner
Sessions: 150
Last class: Today
 42 Reviews: 100% Positive
£23.13 / €26.59 / $30.15
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  Hello, my name is Fiona Gardiner and I'm 27 years old and currently living in Ireland. I am a native English speaker and teach English, Irish, Spanish. I have been an online Irish teacher with Verbalplanet since August 2014. I can speak the following languages fluently: English, Irish, Spanish. I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 50% of my normal lesson price for new students. 
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02 Jul 2020
 I am glad to see how much we cover during a class when I review afterward. Writing in the chat is important but I also try to listen as well as read. Fiona is good about providing both. There were a few new things embedded there that I'll need to study. 
29 Jun 2020
 The clarification and simplification given of certain areas of the lessons' materials have helped me to understand certain rules and pronunciation better. The examples given also help in understanding and remembering by providing context.  
29 Jun 2020
 Fiona and I have had several sessions now and she has got to know exactly where I need more help, as well as setting tasks to work on outside of our meetings (which we agreed to). Fiona has great time management and is always positive. 
25 Jun 2020
 very enjoyable today. Fiona is very willing to help with whatever I ask. I try to prepare a few sentences beforehand, struggle through them with her and she straightens everything out patiently. It's very effective working with her. 
19 Jun 2020
 The additional review helps me to know where I am still lacking and need to practice. This also helps me to see mistakes I am making so I do not fall into bad habits in learning the language. 
18 Jun 2020
 Fiona is very flexible. I'm a difficult student and often come to class with a specific agenda. She always willing to work with me on that, helping with pronounciation and phrasing. Most of all, I learn a couple short, very natural Irish phrases. That's extremely valuable to me. 
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About me - English

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (International) Degree in Spanish and Legal Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, as well as a Diploma in Irish Level C1. I completed my Erasmus year in Murcia, and after a year working for an International insurance company in Galway, I returned to Spain again to work as an English Language Assistant in Cádiz. In Cádiz, I taught bilingual subjects including natural and social science, and art to primary school students of all ages. I have a native level of both written and spoken Spanish and Irish. I have a TEFL Ireland qualification and Leaving Cert honours English, Irish and Spanish. During my time in Cádiz, I discovered my passion in life is for teaching and I have returned to Ireland with the intention of pursuing a career in Primary School Teaching at home.

I basically love language and understand what is it like to learn a new language. I use this to create fun English classes for students who wish to learn my native language.

Qualifications & Experience

I was teaching English as a Foreign Language privately throughout my year abroad in Murcia and for the duration of my time in Cádiz. I have taught students of various ages and levels of English. I taught many primary school subjects through English while working in Cádiz, Spain. I have experience teaching casual language learners of all ages as well as preparing students for both State and Language exams. I understand that each student has different needs and abilities and have a lot of experience working with children and adults with various social, emotional and behavioural needs, as well as children with learning disabilities within the classroom setting. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding my experience.

Teaching Approach

Classes are always through English so that the students will have a better understanding of the language by practising. I encourage students to practice and become more confident in speaking and understanding. I will start by finding out what you plan to achieve from these classes and try to personalize classes to attend to your needs.

I ensure the classes will always be interesting and fun as I believe it is important that you should enjoy learning to speak another language. I try to encourage students to improve all of their language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening by using a wide range of different activities I teach grammar in an effective (and enjoyable) manner.

Whether you would simply like to practise your spoken English/Irish/Spanish, learn grammar rules, improve understanding, written or spoken skills, are studying for exams or just need to improve for school or work, I will ensure that you achieve your goals and see how enjoyable language learning can be.

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