A graduate of Oxford in French and German, I have considerable teaching experience and a high level of education.
Raised in Paris, I moved to England in 2011 to study French & German at Oxford, remaining for a Masters there in Medieval French. I have been teaching since 2011, when I passed my TEFL with a distinction. This is when I discovered my passion for tutoring, helping people find their love for languages and overcome difficulties with grammar or confidence. I continued tutoring while at Oxford, successfully coaching four students for Oxbridge interviews as well as their A-levels. In 2013 and 2014 I was a teaching assistant in Austrian high schools, where I learnt how to tailor my teaching to very specific exams and academic requirements.
Since 2013, I have been a teacher and camp leader for the Austrian organisation Camps4You, where I teach groups of children with special educational needs, those failing to keep up with school curriculum, and young adults struggling to rekindle their passion for languages. This taught me the importance of making my lessons engaging and fun, incorporating grammar, drill and rigour into games.
Although I have always been a stickler for grammar, with dictionaries on my bedside table, what is most important to me when tutoring is making the lesson engaging and fun, because this is what successfully imprints grammar and lexis on memory.
I discuss with the tutees and their parents which points need to be covered, but also which activities, hobbies, and passions should be incorporated into the lessons to keep their attention. Grammar is practised in activities and games which incorporate writing, reading, and speaking exercises, always keeping in mind the purpose of language: communication!
“My son got a scholarship (we found out today), so we are very grateful for all Emmanuel did. My son really enjoyed the tutorials; they gave him confidence and polished his exam technique.”
Tom Fenton is a marvellous tutor, striking a perfect balance of erudition, encouragement, judicious pressure, kindness and humour. His work with my daughter produced stellar results in the form of three scholarships; I can’t recommend him too highly.