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Liz Matthews

MA (Oxon), PGCE

Subject: French & German

I look forward to helping you enjoy the French or German languages as much as I do!  My life-long love of Modern Languages began at school and then took me on to study French and German at Oxford University where I obtained an MA. The third year of my degree course saw me living and working in Köln where I taught as an English language assistant in a grammar school, business English to adults at the Cathedral language school and even at a farm machinery factory!  I also spent three summers working for a travel company in Paris and the Vendée region of France.

After leaving university, I pursued a career in marketing but, over time, found that I wasn’t getting as much opportunity to use my languages as I would have liked. I began to turn my thoughts to teaching and found that I really enjoyed working with students as a private tutor, helping them to boost their confidence and enjoyment of languages. My students and I have great fun together as they overcome any language inhibitions they have. It has been fantastic to see many of them achieve higher grades than they initially expected. Several students have gone on to study languages at university, and it has been great to see their love of languages lead them in the same direction as myself!

Once both of my young daughters were at school, I began to study for a PGCE in Modern Languages with the Open University. As a distance learning course, this gave me a great insight into the benefits (and challenges!) of home study. I know what it’s like to be studying alone at home and you can be sure that I will be ready to give you just the support you might need! I have taught both German and French to students in primary and secondary schools around Oxfordshire but now focus my work on tutoring. I enjoy the opportunity this gives me to work closely with many different students and love being able to tailor how I teach to suit their different needs and learning styles.

When I’m not tutoring, I love to travel with my husband and children. It’s wonderful introducing my children to other European cultures, and listening to them trying out a little of the local language! When I’m at home, I love nothing more than a great book, terrific food or a good film.  Being based in the beautiful Cotswolds, I never have to go far to enjoy a great country walk and spectacular views.

I am delighted to be a languages Tutor for Wolsey Hall Oxford and very much look forward to working with you.

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