Nadine has taught French privately to 2 of our children over the past 18 months.
Toby has ADD and struggled to learn in a school environment; by the time he reached year 11 he was very disillusioned and a misfit at school. During the autumn term of year 11 we were told that Toby was predicted a grade E at GCSE. We knew that he was capable of better than this so we set about finding him a French tutor
Toby started weekly lessons with Nadine after Christmas in year 11 and was perfectly happy to attend these individual lessons – a stark contrast with school, as by this stage Toby was sometimes playing truant from school. Nadine helped Toby in all aspects of the course: written work, comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, coursework and oral. Nadine didn’t set any homework. (It wouldn’t have got done!)
We were all therefore extremely pleased when Toby was awarded a grade A in his oral exam and a grade B overall; we are sure that the result would have been very different had Toby not had these lessons with Nadine.
Sally has just completed year 7 and started short weekly lessons with Nadine at the beginning of year 7. During year 6 she enjoyed visiting Nadine sometimes to collect Toby and had asked if she too could start lessons. Sally is not a natural linguist but enjoys languages and wants to do well in them; we feel that languages are important and wish to encourage this enthusiasm.
As a result of Sally’s age, Nadine’s lessons have mainly been based around games and play rather than being structured as conventional lessons, and there is no homework.
During year 7, students at Sally’s school (Bradon Forest) study French and German; however, at the end of year 7, 75% of students are required to drop 1 language. This came as a great shock to us but Sally was doing sufficiently well that she has been allowed to continue with both languages. In her last French test at school she scored a level 5, which is rare for students who have not studied the language at junior school.
We are very happy with the progress that Sally is making and we think it unlikely that she would have been selected to continue with 2 languages had she not had the additional lessons with Nadine.
Nadine is a professional lady who puts a good deal of thought and planning into her lessons to ensure that they are suited to the individual child and their requirements. Our children have enjoyed going to their French lessons, which is very important, otherwise we would not have been able to persuade them to go; particularly Toby, who often went on his moped and so was not under our control. Our older daughter was taught incorrect German at school, which she discovered just before her final exams, thus causing a huge loss of confidence, quite apart from marks lost because of poor subject knowledge. With Nadine we have the reassurance that our children have been taught correctly and will cultivate an authentic accent!
We would have no hesitation in recommending Nadine to anyone and the ‘proof of the pudding’ is the great turnaround of Toby’s GCSE grade from a predicted E to a B.