I'm a multilinguist with considerable experience in teaching languages to a diverse range of students.
I'm passionate about my subject and committed to understanding and engaging with each new student's learning needs. I tailor my teaching programmes to ensure each student is able to develop and move confidently towards their goal, whether it be academic or personal.
I choose to work with students who are committed to working towards their goal - they don't have to love the subject to begin with, they just have to want to improve, the love comes later, often when they discover how simple it can be and they start to see improvements in their ability and understanding!
I have a 100% success rate in terms of my students improving their grades. Among my previous students are Yas, a Spanish GCSE student who went from a predicted D grade to receiving an A* overall in 14 months, Ollie, an English GCSE student who with 4 months regular coaching went from a predicted D to a B and Kendall, a French IB student who went from grade 3/4 to achieving a final grade 6/7 in 20 months - she called me up in Guatemala on results day so I knew it must be good news!
I also run French, Spanish and EFL group classes for both adults and beginners. Often when not following a curriculum in a school or learning centre, group classes can be a fun and affordable way to develop and hone your language learning and skills.
An article I wrote for The Telegraph on GCSE Modern Foreign Language revision:
"James tutored both my daughters for GCSE Spanish and they both received A*. This was particularly impressive with my eldest daughter who was on a Grade D at the end of Year 10. James accelerated Yasmin's learning rapidly over 6 months in Year 11, and changed her attitude towards Spanish from a boring difficult subject to her favourite! Aside from his indepth understanding of the curriculum and effective teaching techniques, James is a lovely person with a great sense of humour, and the girls really enjoyed his company. We'd highly recommend James to anyone wanting to improve their grades and language skills."
"James tutored me In French for just over a year for the international baccalaureate. Marked out of 7, I originally achieved 3-4s in all my examinations. James helped with reading, writing and oral presentations. He helped me to increase my confidence in speaking and also taught me invaluable techniques for verb conjugations. In the end I was able to achieve a 6/7 in my final IB results. Thank you James !"
"James tutored both our children in French - first our 11 year old a couple of years ago, then recently our 10 year old daughter. As parents, we found him excellent - punctual and polite, enthusiastic, organised with a clear plan of what needed to be done. He looked through our son's school workbooks and noted that the French teacher had been marking incorrect homework as correct! He then decided to go back to basics and correct all the mistakes he had been taught - quickly, our son understood the language patterns and was forging ahead of his year. He ended up with a Scholarship A grade in his Senior School exams. James is great with children - friendly but clearly in control and they definitely were motivated to revise and learn what he asked them to for the next lesson. The children both liked him very much and gained a lot of respect for him. Their French reading, writing, speaking, accents, understanding and confidence improved dramatically with his tutoring and we would highly recommend James to other families"
"James is an outstanding teacher - he taught my son to find his own motivation & the confidence he needed to excel in Spanish. He brings the language to life and creates a self sufficiency in study habits that was wonderful to observe - the GCSE process was made palatable and non daunting ! I would wholly recommend him to anyone looking for a tutor that cares about the child in the most holistic sense and leaves them with the skills to tackle languages independently post their time with him - he was an absolute star !"
"James is an amazing teacher. He got my daughter to a B in French GCSE from a predicted D, and my son to a B in Spanish GCSE from a predicted E. This helped my daughter to get to UCL and put the Russell Group within my son's reach. His teaching style is unique. Within minutes of arrival, he had won the respect of both my teenagers. He made himself available at weekends and in the evenings both in person and over Skype. I am so grateful for his help. I highly recommend him."
- Durham University
- Bachelor Degree in Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish & Russian)
- English Language, English Literature, French, Spanish, EFL (English as a Foreign Language)