Online French Tutor Caroline Thomson
Who are your heroes?
I would have to say my grandparents. They taught me the importance of keeping going when times get tough, and it works! Besides, anyone who can bake cakes as good as theirs gets my vote!
What’s your favourite fact about France?
Whatever you do, don’t drive around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Once you cross over a blue line, no car is insured. It is the most chaotic place to drive in my opinion and I am never going to attempt it. Also, the Eiffel Tower was hated when it was first built in 1889 and was only meant to be temporary. In fact one of France’s most famous writers, Maupassant, hated it so much, he used to dine in the tower so he couldn’t look at it!
Do you have any personal experience with homeschooling or distance learning,
or was Wolsey Hall your first real encounter with it?
I used to see a Tutor for schoolwork but I have not been homeschooled, though I have completed an online TEFL course. I come from North Yorkshire and when I was younger it was very difficult to find a tutor. In fact tutors were like gold dust! I have been a private tutor for about four years now and teach many students online and at home, including students who wish to take a language but have experienced problems taking it at school. I enjoy being an online French tutor with Wolsey Hall Oxford and I am lucky to have such great students. It certainly is a wonderful experience and I would consider distance learning for my children. I am now taking a new technology course online and working at your own pace has its benefits with little ones around!
What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen in a museum?
It will have to be from a trip to the Centre Pompidou in Paris. There was a whole exhibition on inflatable furniture and even houses! In fact, there was a crazy video playing there from the 1960s which suggested that people in the future would be living in inflatable houses. People wouldn’t be making enemies if they lived in one of those! I liked the armchairs and sofas the best but everyone at university had an inflatable armchair and they are actually a nightmare to get up from!
What’s your favourite TV show at the moment?
Is Peppa Pig included in this? At the moment, I am enjoying relaxing to the French TV series Spiral on BBC4. I enjoy TV box sets and have recently been watching Mad Men too. I do like anything set in the past! I love listening to music too. I am a bit of an Indie girl so I like most things from the 90s and 00s, although the Frozen soundtrack seems to feature rather a lot in my house…
If you could have dinner with any famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?
That’s a good question! Maybe John Lennon because I love art and music and it would be interesting to talk to him about that. However, I love comedy, so possibly Rik Mayall or Dawn French.
Finally, based on your experience as an online French Tutor at Wolsey Hall Oxford, what’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give someone just starting a homeschooling or distance learning course?
We all have our own talents, whether we are academic, creative, sporty… As long as you try and never give up, you can achieve anything. There are many ways to learn and each person is unique. I am proud of all my students and I know that they will all make great achievements.