SKYPE LESSONS, HOW DOES IT WORK?

Here is how it works, step by step…

1.BOOK A FREE TRIAL LESSON & REGISTER AS A NEW STUDENT:

You can register as a new student yourself by booking a free trial or first lesson, or you can just contact me and I’ll create an account for you.

To book a free trial lesson: click on “Free 30 min trial lesson on Skype/ book” and pick the date and time you want and click confirm. Then the booking system will ask you to give your full name, email address and telephone number (just so I can call you if there’s a problem reaching you online) and finally you will be asked to create a password. If you decide to have more lessons, this password will allow you to access your student account. I cannot see your password. Et voilà! Your trial lesson is booked and your student account is created, it’s free and there is no obligation to book more lessons afterwards.

You should immediately receive an email confirming your booking. If you don’t receive it within a short time, something has gone wrong so please contact me and I can sort it out. THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL WILL CONTAIN A SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE FOR YOU TO PLEASE COMPLETE AND SEND BACK TO ME AT LEAST 24 HOURS BEFORE THE TRIAL so that I have time to prepare an appropriate lesson for you. Also, don’t forget to LET ME HAVE YOUR SKYPE ID.

A few hours before your lesson, you’ll receive a reminder via email followed by the documents you will need for the lesson which will be sent by DropBox on my behalf. Just click on the link provided to access the documents. If you don’t receive these emails, please check your junk or spam folder; alternatively, it might be that your firewall settings are preventing you from receiving them.

Please download the documents or, even better, print them before our lesson. If you need me to send you the documents the day before, perhaps because you don’t have access to a printer at home, please just let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate this. Please don’t study the documents in advance as they are intended for you to discover during the lesson. The reason for this is that, in real life, you won’t have the chance to prepare in advance for what someone says to you, so it’s better to learn from day 1 how to answer without panicking or freezing!

If you need to change/cancel your lesson, you don’t need to contact me. Just go back into your student account, click on “My Bookings” and do it from there.

2.IT’S TIME FOR OUR LESSON! 

Please use a computer/laptop, as it’s much harder to use the video and chat box at the same time on a tablet.

I’ll usually send you a short message before we start just to say hello and check that you’re ready. If you are, I’ll call you. Please let me call you as, if we call each other at the same time, we obviously won’t be able to connect ; )

3.THE LESSON:

a.Question time: I’ll always start the lesson by asking if you have any questions regarding the previous lesson, the homework corrections I’ll have sent you in advance…or, indeed, any questions at all!

b.Revision/discussion in French: We’ll then spend at least 10/15 minutes revising the previous lesson. This will usually mean doing a roleplay to reactivate the vocabulary and grammar learnt.

c.The new lesson:

The content will depend on your needs, objectives, level and the type of lesson you’ve booked: a classic lesson or a conversation lesson. Let me give you an example. Let’s imagine that you’ve booked a classic lesson and that you’re a beginner. First, we’ll listen to an audio file or watch a video. To make the listening a bit easier for you, I’ll teach you a few words you might need. After I’ve played the audio file for you, I’ll ask you a few questions to make sure you’ve understood. You’ll of course be able to ask me questions yourself if you feel you haven’t understood or don’t know how to pronounce something. Then comes your favourite part, the grammar point! We’ll always study grammar in context. I’ll explain the grammar to you, give you a few examples and ask you to give me a few examples too just to make sure you’ve understood. You’ll be able to continue practising by doing some grammar exercises for homework. If we have time, we’ll then have another short discussion. If we don’t, we’ll just do it next time.

If you’ve booked a conversation lesson, we’ll spend more time focusing on speaking and listening; obviously, the more advanced you are, the more we’ll be able to talk during the lesson.

4.AFTER THE LESSON:

After your online lesson you’ll receive:

An email asking you to leave me feedback. This email is sent automatically after every lesson. I don’t expect you to leave me feedback each time but, if you could do it at least once, it’d be much appreciated. I’m a self-employed teacher so feedback is very important to me. You yourself probably found it quite helpful and reassuring to be able to read other students’ feedback, so please do the same for others. It’s also the best reward for me if you think I’m doing a good job. If your feedback appears on my website, your last name won’t be displayed. 

If you prefer to send me your feedback via email because you want to talk about your lesson(s) in more detail, please feel free to do that. I’ll do my best to meet your needs but you’ll probably get what you want faster if you just ask for it. I won’t take any constructive criticism the wrong way as I know I’m not perfect and, like good wine, I can improve over time! 😉

An email from Quizlet. Quizlet is a free online learning tool I use to create flashcards for the vocabulary we study together. After the lesson, it can also help you to memorise the vocabulary and remind yourself how to pronounce it as you can test yourself with some fun games and multiple choice quizzes. You can also use the site to create your own flashcards if you wish. You’ll need a password to access my flashcards; I’ll send it to you via email.

5.HOMEWORK:

Homework comes in two forms: scanned exercises or online exercise links I send you via email. I might also ask you to write an essay. After the lesson, please do the exercises as soon as possible so that the language is fresh in your mind and I have plenty of time to mark them. You can either type your answers or write them by hand. If you are going to write them by hand, you’ll obviously need to scan the document before you can send it to me. If you don’t have a scanner at home but you do have a Smartphone, you can use a free application like CamScanner to do this. Try to avoid sending me a photo of your homework as it’s often not very clear but, if you must, take as good a picture of the page as you can and crop anything unnecessary around it.

If you do online exercises, then the website will allow you to check your answers yourself. Please go over your mistakes and, if you don’t understand where you’ve gone wrong, just ask me at the next lesson. If you don’t understand your mistakes, you’ll just carry on making them.

6.BETWEEN LESSONS: 

Do you want to progress more quickly? Then practise your French as often as possible. I recommend 20 minutes per day 5 days a week. How? Here are a few ideas:

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