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A language enthusiast who likes to make learning fun and productive!
Hey there! My name is Joshua and I'm a final year student at the University of Southampton. I study Modern Languages, them being French, German and Chinese. I've always had a passion for languages and I aspire to do something with them and use them in a job. I hope to to do a European Masters in Translation and Interpretation to continue to improve my proficiency in the languages I speak. I love learning languages because you are not only learning a language; you are also introduced into a new and exciting culture, where you can discover about the food, history, music, traditions, etc. of a country. The cultural competency you gain is great and is very valued with employers, since it shows you can be flexible and have great communication skills. I would love to help you with your language learning and show how fun and rewarding language learning can be! Whilst grammar can be tedious sometimes, I like to make it more enjoyable, since you learn things much better when you like what you are doing. For languages, there are many ways in which you can improve, and I would make sure that all the main skills are covered in order to improve - these being listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. These skills would not be improved just through the use of a textbook - videos, role plays, listening exercises, flashcards, quizzes, etc. would all be used to bring variety to the learning. Every lesson will be different, since I feel that in order to learn efficiently, variety is needed to keep the student interested. At the beginning of each lesson, clear and achievable learning goals will be set out, so they know what to reach for and what to expect in each lesson. At any point during the lesson, the student may ask me questions about the learning content or if they're confused about their learning goals, so that we can both progress together efficiently and productively. I will also gain an understanding from the pupil about what their preferred learning methods are, so that I can tailor to their individual needs - are they more of a visual learner, for example. Learning will be achieved through a range of ways such as vocabulary and grammar exercises with flashcards and quizzes for reading and writing skills, role-play and dialogue exercises to improve speaking skills, past papers for exam preparation, etc. Other activities may be listening to foreign music and playing language games - all to facilitate and encourage learning. Allof these activities will be centred around the work of the student, i.e. around the A-level syllabus, GCSE practice papers, etc. The progress will be measured through all these activities, where I will keep note of test scores and change the difficulty and content of the lesson, based on the progress they are making and learning goals.