The University of Edinburgh
Russian and Philosophy
1st Class Distinctio (2015)
Intercultura Language School
Diplome D`etudes en Langue Francaise
Information about Letty
I`m a native English speaker.
I`m friendly, enthusiastic and have tutored English to a whole range of ages(when living in Moscow and St Petersburg).
I am a strong linguist and speak Russian, French and Spanish to a very high level.* I have also studied Italian, Latin, German and Arabic, so I have a lot of experience as a language pupil, which has really me understand the structure of languages, and the right way (and the wrong way!) to teach and learn a language.
Generally, I find focussing on a mix of spoken word and grammar most beneficial to students, but I`m flexible and happy to work out an approach that suits us both! It`s really important that the student is interested and engaged in the subject - because that`s when things sink in best - so I prioritise approaching each subject in a fun, engaging way.
*FRENCH: studied at university, lived in France, A* at A-level and passed the internationally-recognised DELF qualification
SPANISH: near-fluent following 6 months in Central America, studying Spanish and working
RUSSIAN: 1st Class from Edinburgh University with a Distinction in my dissertation and Spoken Russian
Availability: Very available!
Willing to travel: 3 miles
Experience: I have tutored several adults and teenagers, alone and in a group. Their abilities have varied enormously and I adapt easily to different abilities.
As a student of seven languages (three to near-fluency), I have a strong grasp of language structure, and I understand how important it is to keep studies fun and engaging! I`m a bit of a nerd, and I love grammar, but don`t worry, that`s not all we will be doing.
Lessons will be personalised and use a range of tools, from exercises to podcasts, to discussing your day, and we will address anything you`re not confident about on the go, which we`ll note down and go over at the time, and review during homework and at the next lesson.
For students studying for exams - such as KS3 / GCSE`s - we`ll follow a textbook resource (e.g. CGP)