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St Ives, Cambridgeshire
Home Town: St Ives
Member Since: 11/09/2018
Last Login: 13 days ago
Response Rate: 100%
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My Qualifications

John Linnegar
Copyediting and proofreading certificate
Pass  (2012)
International Tefl teacher Training
TEFL Certificate (120 Hours)
Pass  (2009)
University of Zimbabwe
PGCE (Secondary)
pass  (1974)
City of London College
English Literature
2:2  (1973)

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The cancellation of exams and closure of schools has thrown the school year out of rhythm, and caused much anxiety. Many students are now looking ahead to the next school year, and wondering if they have been set back. Whether you are stepping up to GCSEs or `A` Level, now is a good time to deal with gaps. Here are some ways I propose to help you.

To get a good literature grade at GCSE level it is necessary to know some context – what was happening in Britain at the time a particular text was set. For example, to understand what makes “Blood Brothers” so poignant, learners need to know about the strong divide between the working classes and the middle classes during that period in British history, due to an industrial decline during the 1970s, with unemployment rising. Similarly, it is vitally important to understand some of the social, historical and economic background to Dickens` “A Christmas Carol”, set in Victorian England, or the historical background (World Wars 1 and 2) behind many of the poems in the “Power and Conflict” anthology.

Learners will also know the importance of understanding Form, Structure and Language when analysing poems, when answering either A Level or GCSE language questions. I can help with this important revision and help learners to move on with confidence when they return to school. If a student is moving on to A-Level next year, going over old GCSE topics, or learning about historical context will help them prepare. Background knowledge, and putting poems in context becomes even more important in A-level literature study. Use this chance to make something positive out this extra time!
I am a native speaker of English and an experienced English teacher, having taught in an independent school for 17 years. I have always enjoyed teaching, and love the opportunity to help learners who are struggling with exam-phobia, or who simply feel swamped and do not know how to learn and remember. I have been told I instill confidence.

FEEDBACK: (Comment from parent of learner I taught for approximately two years: "Yes, I do know Rachel from a tutoring environment, and I feel Rachel relates to children exceptionally well, and is more than capable of establishing appropriate working relationships with students.
Rachel has been an exceptional example of how to calm a child for whom reading had become a source of great stress and anxiety and help them to approach reading without fear of failure or reprimand, and to actually enjoy and look forward to the lessons. By creating this safe place Rachel has brought out the best in my child and reading became associated with fun and the satisfaction of success.

Rachel`s experience and wisdom are way ahead of the younger generation and she will be of great help to whomsoever has the privilege of spending time with her."

 Signed: Juliet
email:  [contact detail removed]

Availability: I am available now to teach English language and English literature, up to `AS` and `A` level.
I am currently teaching learners who are studying GCSE English for both the AQA and the WJEC examining boards, so am familiar with their requirements.

I have had experience teaching younger learners, including those who wish to improve their Reading and Writing skills: basic phonics, grammar and spelling rules. I have also taught learners at KS3 and KS4 level.

Willing to travel: Home Only

Experience: I have taught a wide range of learners in schools, in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the U.K , and not only in school. I have done a lot of private one-to-one tuition, both online and face-to-face

I enjoy teaching both English language and English literature, up to AS and A level. I have marked examinations for a leading examination board, including IGCSE examinations at O level and international A level (literature) and AS level (language and literature).

I have had a lot of TEFL teaching experience as I have spent many years in Africa. I have worked a great deal with for those for whom English is not their home language. Since I qualified as a TEFL teacher, I have taught students, mostly adults, from a variety of countries as well as Southern African countries: adult students from Germany, Italy, France, Hungary, and the Ukraine.

Recently, I have enjoyed teaching younger learners who need to gain confidence in their Reading and Writing skills: learners from the ages of 8 years old and upwards. I have helped learners with Verbal and Non-verbal learning in preparation for SATS, and the 11 plus, and for entrance examinations to grammar schools and independent schools.

My teaching style is relaxed and I enjoy forming a teacher/learner relationship so that we can work together productively. This is possible online, though students may not yet be used to this concept. I am good at tailoring the content of our lessons to suit the learner`s needs, at the level that is needed. I have been able to instil confidence in learners whose self-esteem is low for one reason or another.

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