I love teaching and tutoring as it enables me to help others to "get the language bug" and become as curious as I am about how languages work and hungry to learn more.
While I have a calm, patient, encouraging manner, I am determined to achieve results. This has enabled me to build up many years' teaching and tutoring experience both in the UK and abroad - I spent six years living as a professional tutor in Italy.
Since moving back to England I have been tutoring adults in French, German, Spanish and Italian, which I find very rewarding as I am able to quickly build up a rapport with the student. I often find that adults who are motivated to learn foreign languages have similar interests to me, not to mention a similar sense of humour. I encourage my students to appreciate the culture of countries where the target language is spoken, starting with simple songs and moving on to radio, television, literature and film.
I have also prepared many schoolchildren for their GCSE and A Level examinations, and in this way I have become very familiar with the requirements of exam boards and how to help students meet them.
Fluent in four European languages (German, Italian, French and Spanish), I have a natural linguistic flair and an enthusiasm about foreign cultures. I have German-British dual nationality and my wife is from Peru so I have taught myself Spanish.
I have a 16-year-old taking GCSE this year and 15-year-old studying French from scratch to take GCSE next year. James has been great for them both. He makes his lessons stimulating and is patient, encouraging, reliable and punctual. He has excellent knowledge of his subject and a real passion for teaching.
My older girl is expecting an A, two grades up from when James started, while my younger girl really enjoys her lessons and is confident about doing very well next year.
A very patient and capable language tutor
Written by Martin G
Having learnt german at school I wanted to refresh my knowledge prior to a trip to Germany later this year. I have had several lessons with James and have found him to be a very patient and capable teacher with a great knowledge of his subject.
I am now much more confident in my spoken german and was recently complimented on it by a native speaker!
James is a friendly and helpful tutor
Written by Nadeem S
I studied basic Spanish at school, but I forgot most of it and lost any confidence in using it. James gave me regular tuition for about a year, during which my Spanish improved significantly. James is reliable, encouraging and brought the best out of me.
He boosted my confidence with the lessons so I could hold decent conversations with locals when I went on holiday to Spain.
Very good German teacher
Written by Lisa V
James tutored me in basic German for several months in 2016. I found him to be a very approachable, patient and encouraging tutor with good knowledge of his subject. We covered both grammar and conversation and he found a way to make this stimulating and productive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him as a tutor.
My daughter was having difficulty with French and German languages at GCSE level. James tutored her for a short period of time from February to May and I am glad to confirm today that my daughter achieved a pass in both subjects. James is extremely conscientious and cares deeply about the progress of his students. I would strongly recommend him as a private tutor.