Welcome to amandatamsin.eu!
My name’s Amanda and I’m a tutor and qualified teacher of French, Spanish and English as an Additional/Foreign Language. I tutor students both face-to-face and online.
If you are looking for a tutor to teach French, Spanish or English at secondary level (Key Stage 4 and 5) or you are an adult who wishes to learn one of these languages for greater participation and enjoyment when travelling abroad, whether on holiday or business, then I am likely to be the tutor for you as these are my specialist areas.
Along with tutoring individuals face-to-face and online, I am happy to teach small groups of students. Face-to-face lessons usually take place at your home. Online lessons take place wherever you can find a good internet connection!
Please visit the Tutoring page to find out more about the teaching methodology behind my lessons.
So what else can you find on this website?
You will also find a growing bank of audio resources in French to practise your listening skills in this language. They have the addition of the lovely voice of my partner Frédéric who is from France. The audios have transcripts and notes in both French and English. In time we hope to add parallel texts in French/English, a resource which I found to be lacking in my own language learning journey.
A link to my blog
There is also a link to ‘Tales from Cabbage Island’. Here I write on any matter curious, deep or whimsical which captivates me. Yet, on the blog you can also read many posts on language learning, which often include helpful tips, such as how to improve your listening skills. As languages are so tied in with the written, visual and oral cultures of the countries in which they are spoken, these are hot topics of mine too.
Then there’s some quirky art…
You will find this scattered around the site.
In case you’d like to know a little more about us…
My own love of languages began during visits to France and other European countries as a child. Later I was motivated (and obliged!) to learn Spanish while backpacking in South America. As I discovered the joy of the language learning process, new worlds opened up to me; I gained a real insight into the different ways of life of those places I visited.
At university, I gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Modern Language Studies. Along with learning French and Spanish from a foreign language perspective, as part of this degree I studied English language and linguistics, developing my skills in the analysis and creation of texts, including that of academic writing.
Following on from my undergraduate degree, I successfully completed a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Spanish with French, and went on to teach French, Spanish, English and Culture-based lessons to 11-18 year olds at secondary school. Now, I continue to transfer my knowledge and passion for these subjects in my role as a languages tutor and as a teacher of English as an Additional Language at a school.
I currently live in the UK, however, I have also lived in Chile, and France has long been my second home. My partner is French and we live in a multi-lingual household with French, English and sometimes Spanish being spoken.
Amanda Tamsin Stone BA (Hons), PGCE
I am French, with roots in both Burgundy and Paris. I have spent most of my life working in catering and construction, and have even done a stint as an ‘animateur’ in a holiday camp, before moving to England for love. My work has led me to meet and befriend those from all over the world, and learning languages in order to communicate with them has always been fun and fascinating for me!
I enjoy cooking, cycling, walking along the coast, and take a keen interest in current affairs and cinema. Music is yet another a love of mine and I play the ukulele!
Now I work alongside Amanda, creating our audios and other resources, which can be used independently or alongside tuition. I also participate in Amanda’s small-group tuition, to further facilitate conversation practice in French.