Hi! I’m Adam and for the last (almost) ten years I have been tutoring foreign languages. I also offer law tuition. In normal circumstances I also run an art class once a week.
This page is all about me and provides you with background information.
Language Tuition: Background information about me
I started learning most of the languages I teach at a young age (around 25 years or so ago). Around 17 years ago or thereabouts I completed A-levels in Spanish and French, AS-level in Italian and a GCSE in German. Most of my knowledge however has come from reading, regularly watching foreign tv and personal study over the many years since then.
Teaching languages felt like a natural thing for me to do. Teaching in itself is a very rewarding job. I really enjoy helping people to develop their language skills.
Some people wonder how I can teach several languages. For me, it is no different from someone who teaches different subjects entirely. Each language has its own words, grammar rules and stuctures.
I am not a scientist, but it feels as if when I teach one language I use one part of my brain and when I teach a different language I use a different part of my brain.
Admittedly, no matter how you look at it, I started learning languages a long time. However, my strong belief is anyone can learn a language. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been struggling to learn one for a while. If you adapt your approach to learning a language, so that you learn it in a more logical way, you can succeed. Even if you’ve been trying to learn one for a while and feel like you’ve been getting nowhere, you really can learn with me.
Many people think that language learning simply consists of learning long lists of vocabulary. Many people believe that as long as you learn words for things, you will be able to get by.
In reality language learning is not exactly like this. Above everything else you need to learn how to communicate and express yourself. Vocabulary is important, but structure is just as important, if not more important. Learning how to say things like “I would like”, “I need”, “I’m going” are all important, for example.
Learning how to say things in different ways is also important. Learning how to say that you “must” do something as well as “can” or “need” to do something enables you to express yourself more accurately. It also added depth of your conversation and understanding.
Language learning also consists of a lot of repetition and practice. There is no real substitute for practising the language itself. During sessions we would regularly practise your skills, so that speaking a foreign language feels more natural to you.
In most languages accurate pronunciation is also very important. In a language like French, for example, the spelling for many words is very similar to English. If however you prononce it just like English, people will likely have difficulties understanding you. Many people are unsure how to pronounce words and I most certainly can help you with this.
My number one thing I want to communicate is if you want to learn, you can do. It can also be fun. My experience helping a variety of people means I can meet your needs and teach you a language in a natural (and fun!) way.
Law Tuition: Background information about me
I have legal knowledge as well as practical legal experience. I am a non-practising solicitor who started offering law tuition in 2010. Over the (almost) nine years since then I have helped a number of people with their law studies.
Before I started tutoring I worked at a solicitor’s practice as a fee earner. In my last role I managed a varied caseload. I regularly gave advice to members of the public on a variety of law areas, etc
Over a number of years I studied through ILEX (now CILEX) and successfully completed a number of law exams at honours degree level.
I left the firm to complete the Legal Practice Course for which I was awarded a commendation. I subsequently completed the Legal Practice Skills course. I was then admitted as a non-Practising Solicitor.
For more information on what I offer, see my Law Tuition page here.
Group Art Classes: Background information about me
I started running art classes at Victory Hall, Warsash towards the end of January 2019. It all came about due to an artist friend of mine being unable to continue running the classes.
Although I am not a practising artist, art has been a hobby of mine for many years. I particularly enjoy drawing, but also like painting.
It is really fun running the art classes. I love the saying ‘variety is the spice of life’ and I really do get a lot out of the classes.
Unfortunately the classes are currently still on hold for now due to the Coronavirus situation at the time of writing this, but hopefully they will start again in a month or so.
For more details see the Group Art Classes page here.
Do not hesitate to contact me on email@example.com to discuss your needs. I would love to hear from you.