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French and German Tutor in Farnham, Surrey

The Bourne Linguist

Mrs Jan Hughes. BA (hons.), University of Southampton. PGCE in MFL, University of Reading.



  • I am a highly experienced teacher of French and German.  
  • I have taught in a wide variety of secondary schools, in both the state and independent sectors, in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire (1982-2014 inc.).
  • I have experience of teaching in the context of Adult Education.
  • I have experience of tutoring home-schooled pupils.
  • I have experience of teaching adults on a one-to-one basis, either for business or pleasure.
  • I offer French to A Level, IGCSE, GCSE and IB, (Langue B, Standard and Higher levels), German to AS Level, IGCSE and GCSE.
  • I have experience of coaching French for Common Entrance.
  • Some of my pupils are learning languages for enrichment purposes.
  • I am registered with AQA as an examiner. 
  • I now also offer Spanish to KS4 (GCSE).
  • I have extensive experience of training students in exam skills and preparing them for Controlled Coursework at GCSE (speaking and writing).  
  • I have worked with all the major examining boards, (AQA, OCR, Edexcel and IB). 
  • I have prepared students for the IB Certificate (Higher and Standard levels).
  • I provide one-to-one tuition, offering students personalised learning to their exact requirements.
  • I have many delighted customers (see testimonials page).
  • I have a current enhanced DBS certificate, dated January 2014.  This was formerly known as a CRB certificate.
  • Child protection and Safeguarding Certificate (Educare) September 2014
  • I also have a standard level DBS certificate, dated July 2015
  • I also undertake private translation work.  Prices on application.  These depend on the complexity and length of the relevant text.
  • I am a recently elected member of the Society of Authors, incorporating the Society of Translators
  • I am a published author
  • I worked as a foreign language trainer and examiner with the British Army (AEC Aldershot) in the summer and autumn of 2015





Some of Jan's observations:


Many people find learning a foreign language daunting, especially in a large class.  This is especially true of adolescents, as they are at the age when they are at their most self-conscious, and so find it particularly difficult to make strange noises in front of their peers! 


Some adults who would like to learn a language cannot manage to get to suitable adult education classes, as they already have so much to juggle in their lives. 


Many students of all ages find learning grammatical rules particularly challenging, as, in some cases, they have not really understood the grammar of their own language.  I aim to teach by analogy, and I keep jargon to the absolute minimum.


Learning away from their peers can be particularly helpful to boys, as, away from their classmates, they are able to focus and share their concerns with a sympathetic adult, without fear of ridicule.


My students invariably make far better progress with me than they could have done without the personalised service which I offer, and this boosts their confidence in the school or work environment too, which is an added benefit.


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