Subjects I teach
French to GCSE
German to A-Level
Dutch to A-Level
Mandarin Chinese to A-Level
History to Graduate Level
GCSE AQA Modern Foreign Languages: I taught German, Mandarin Chinese and French as a Teacher of Languages at a secondary school in East London.
Private tuition in London, United Kingdom: I taught corporate classes in Mandarin Chinese (to groups of between 5 to 10 business people) and tutored adults privately in conversational Dutch.
Private tuition abroad: I have provided one-to-one English tuition to adults and primary school students in Beijing for a year.
Teacher Training – Postgraduate Certificate in Education
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
Qualified Teacher Status obtained
MSc International History (Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation)
London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
Overall average of 2.1
BA Chinese and History
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Overall average of 2.1
BA Liberal Arts and Sciences
University College Utrecht, Utrecht University
Cum Laude with GPA of 3.72
My Approach to Private Tuition
My personal teaching practice follows the motto of Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” The student is at the center of my teaching and it is my goal to make sure that their grasp of the subject and their understanding form the driving force of my teaching. This process of the student taking ownership and responsibility for their learning is essential to make them successful in passing the relevant examinations or qualifications they want to obtain.
However, I also see it as my task to make my lessons enjoyable, relevant and show the learner how the content relates to them. Languages and history cannot be studied in isolation, but should be grounded in a broader context. The mice statue in Philpot Lane for example, described in more detail in my video, cannot be explained without the presence of the Monument nearby.
My video Introduction
I tend to bombard my learners with random historical facts from the Horrible Histories BBC series. Here is one: The cities of Dublin and Swansea were built by Vikings. Swansea was named after the Danish king, Sweyn, and since it was an island the Vikings called it ‘Sweyn’s island’ or Sveinsey in old Norse.