I am a French-native speaker. I have been passionate about foreign languages since my early childhood. Languages have played an important role in my life. They have enabled me to visit and live in different countries, to meet people from other cultures and thus to broaden my mind. It has been personally very fulfilling. I am proud of this richness and want to communicate it to others.
I have studied several languages through both self-study and education including English, German, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish and Italian.
In 1992 I passed my Baccalauréat in Foreign Languages (English-German-Russian), French Literature and Philosophy and Mathematics. I then studied English, German and business at the University of Grenoble (France) and Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge (now Anglia Ruskin University) and graduated with a Master equivalent in English and German applied to international Trade and Business in 1998. I also have a Certificate of Swedish from the University of Stockholm (Sweden) and trained as a marketing and sales assistant in Germany in 1995 and 1997.
In 1999 after 4 years of travelling throughout Europe I started to give private tuition as a hobby in France whilst working as an in-house instructor and later as a customer service advisor liaising with international customers. In 2001 I relocated to the UK and worked as a customer services co-ordinator and worked with German- and French-speaking customers as well as customers based in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
In 2004 I decided to train as a teacher and I enrolled in a Post Graduate Certificate in Education course (Secondary Modern Foreign Languages) at the University of Southampton. I taught French and German in Secondary schools in Hampshire. In 2005 I set up nzLanguages and started to offer French and German tuition in to private individuals, schools and businesses, Le Club Français, Fleet Tutors, First Tutors and other tuition agencies. My students are adults re-locating to France or Germany, people with regular business contacts with clients abroad, British home owners in France, schooled and non-schooled children, adults who wanted to learn a new language as a hobby or have extra tuition to improve their current knowledge, bi-lingual children needing help with their written French/German and students preparing for GCSE, A-level, Common Entrance, Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) Certificate in Business Language Competence (CBLC) and Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF). I also run conversation classes, adult beginner classes and clubs for Reception-Y6 children.
In 2008-2009 I wrote the French AS-Level and A2-Level student course notes for Nelson Thornes Distance Learning (now part of Oxford University Press).
In 2010 I obtained a Certificate of Competence in Proofreading and Copy-editing from Chapterhouse Publishing and broadened my language services to writing, proofreading, copy-editing, typing and transcription. I have worked for private individuals as well as well-known publishers like Cambridge University Press.
I also do small translation work, mainly in English and French. This includes small documents such as letters, brochures, etc.
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