French Tuition

Whether you need a private French tutor at home or online, our tutors build confidence and improve grades

For twenty years in Edinburgh, our tutors have improved confidence and grades based on these three fundamental pillars:

Knowledge

A ‘wide and deep understanding of the syllabus content, is of course the first requirement. Knowledge gaps or a lack of understanding, not only put students at risk in exams but also impact negatively on general confidence in the subject.

Study Skills

The knowledge and skill to organise, prioritise and plan study. Even very smart students can find themselves overwhelmed by the subject and the syllabus, leading to panic, a collapse in confidence and poor results.

Exam Technique

How to answer the questions fully, concisely, to the point and in a way that immediately resonates and pleases the examiners. Top achievers are practised at acing exams, it’s a skill that comes from practice and knowledge.

French is the most popular of the Foreign languages at SQA Higher and English A level. The student’s needs form the basis of a tailored mix of the three pillars designed to meet those needs. For example, some students will need to concentrate on improving exam performance, others will need help organising revision and study or in some cases help with elements of the syllabus will also be required.  This approach ensures each student receives the right mix of tuition.

Speech – Developing conversation skills at an intense level, ensuring that speech is both accurate and extensive

French speech tuition focuses on memory and recall strategies. Recall is important in order to help students grow accustomed to even the most challenging vocabulary. To communicate in French successfully, candidates need to blend technical knowledge with an awareness of mood, register, and social appropriateness. A great French tutor is a useful tool for gaining these skills as they share their background, experience and passion for France and French-speaking people.

Beginners – Vocabulary Tuition Focus

Initially, students need to grasp basic vocabulary in context-based, units such as Living and Working, Culture and Society, Relationships, Emotions and Contemporary Issues. Topics such as these are generally relevant to the individual, introducing personal, vocational, transactional and vocational language types in set phrases and conversations. A French tutor aims to solidify this work and move students beyond it, towards understanding the mechanics of language itself, enabling them to adapt it for complex and alternative contexts. The flexibility this allows is hugely rewarding and improves competency in oral exams and written tasks. Candidates are expected to prepare talks, carry out role-play, and write essays under timed supervision. They also sit examinations to test their reading and listening skills, and tuition sessions can be amended to focus on the least confident areas for each student.

Advanced French Tuition

As students progress, French tuition can be highly valuable in attaining the competency required of them, as they begin to discuss more complex themes such as Education and Work, Lifestyles, and International Cultures. A variety of media may be encountered such as film, music or literature, and some students begin to integrate their French language skills into work-related contexts. At this level, a broader understanding is expected of contemporary French culture and history, and this contributes to linguistic ability to communicate effectively and intelligently. A French tutor will encourage students to develop confidence in expressing their own opinions and ideas. Consideration of current affairs allows students to identify more thoroughly with French people and make perceptive comparisons with British and other cultures.

The Edinburgh Tutors personal tuition service includes all SQA syllabus exam subjects and levels of tuition

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