Frequently Asked Questions :

1. What is your background in English and French?

  

I grew up in Belgium speaking French at school and English at home. My mother tongue is English and I speak both languages as a native.  


I completed my compulsory education in French and a good part of my University requirements were in French also.

2. Which teaching qualifications do you hold?

 Here they are in full:


Bachelor's Degree in Modern Literature (German + English)


Master's Degree in Literature and Linguistics (German and English)  


PGCE to teach Germanic Languages in schools. 

(Qualified Teacher Status for the UK) 


TEFL Certificate  to teach English as a Foreign Language.


TEFL for Online Teaching of English. 

3. Which equipment does the student need?

 You essentially need 3 things: 


1. A computer 

2. Skype  (The chat program) 

3. A headset.


Neither needs to be expensive, and a headset is much preferred. Good hearing is essential. Using the microphone of the computer doesn't always work and can lead to frustrating results.

4. Do we follow a specific plan?

The advantage of one-on-one online teaching is that we don't. 


Each learner is unique in many ways and for this reason a pre-designed plan wouldn't work. Some people may want conversation classes, others may want to revisit a language they haven't studied since school...Factors such as availability or motivation further influence the way a person learns.

5. Is there homework?

Yes there is!  I am sure you still remember that presentation you worked on so hard during your studies? Well, I believe that we learn better when we are actively involved in the process. I will ask you to research some notions or do some exercises  in preparation of a class. 

6. Who do you usually teach?

I teach students, retired people, school pupils, various professionals...


Different cases are possible: 


Some learners may actively be using the target language after 

moving to a new country. 

Some learners may have a cultural interest in French or English with no practical needs for everyday communication.


There are many different reasons to study a language 

and all are interesting!

7. Is it necessary to use the camera?

Of course not! It is by no means required that we use the cameras on our computers. We can use the sound only. 

8. What are the modes of payment?

I prefer bank transfer unless we live sufficiently close 

that you can pay in cash.

9. I would like to join you on the phone...

Unfortunately I could not reasonably take phone calls during the day as I am...teaching!    But I gladly answer emails. 

10. How many lessons a week should I take?

Sometimes "less is more."  I recommend one to three lessons weekly. Beyond that there is not enough time to process the learning.

11. Why learn online ?

The advantages are numerous: 


The student has the undivided attention of the teacher.


You learn in a relaxed environment, which benefits your receptivity. 


There are no inhibiting factors such as other more advanced students. 


Increased facility to transfer messages and documents about lessons.  


Time spared: No traveling to and back from a class.


A plan that adapts to your own learning as we progress.

12. What is Moodle?

Moodle is a website that I use and on which I store all my languages exercises and my grammar explanations. 


It allows me to be ready to jump to a new topic and answer random questions.


It is also a source for homework.