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Contact Ro by telephone on 01946-862466 01946 862466
Conveniently located near Cockermouth, Whitehaven and Workington.

Tuition up to GCSE and A-level

Do you need help with French or German? As a well-qualified teacher of modern foreign languages with 25 years' experience in secondary education in both state and private schools, I could be just the person you are looking for to help with preparation for GCSE or A-level exams in French and GCSE in German. I have a proven record of examination success with pupils of all abilities. As a private tutor, I have frequently been able to help pupils achieve grades higher than those predicted by their schools. I am also able to assist with French and German support at any stage of a pupil's schooling.

Conveniently located in West Cumbria near Cockermouth, Whitehaven and Workington.

Conversational French

Are you an English speaker who would like to learn or improve your French for conversational purposes?

Whether you are a complete beginner or already speak some French and just want to brush it up, lessons individually tailored to meet your needs and interests can be arranged.

Conversational English

Are you a French speaker who would like to learn or improve your English for conversational purposes? Whether you are a complete beginner or already speak some English and just want to brush it up, lessons individually tailored to meet your needs and interests can be arranged.

Vous êtes francophone et souhaitez apprendre l'anglais ou améliorer vos connaissances de la langue anglaise dans le but de mieux parler? Que vous soyez débutant(e) ou que vous vouliez vous remettre à l'anglais, je vous propose des cours particuliers conçus pour vos besoins et selon vos centres d'intérêts personnels.

Conveniently located in West Cumbria near Cockermouth, Whitehaven and Workington.

English Language Skills

Do you want to improve your spoken or written English?

Help and support is available for pupils at Key Stage 2, taking Year 6 SATs, or preparing for common entrance exams and GCSE English. I have experience of working with pupils with ADHD.

Adults who wish to improve either their spoken or written English are also welcome to contact me to discuss their individual needs.

Conveniently located in West Cumbria near Cockermouth, Whitehaven and Workington.

French Translation

Do you need something translated from or into French? Perhaps you have a holiday home and need some publicity translated, or you are relocating and need some documents translated. I am able to translate your letters and texts from French to English or from English to French.

Avez-vous besoin de traductions du français vers l'anglais ou de l'anglais vers le français? Vous êtes propriétaire d'un gîte et vous avez besoin de publicité ? Vous venez de vous installer en Angleterre et avez des documents à traduire ? Je peux traduire vos lettres ou autres textes du français vers l'anglais ou de l'anglais vers le français.

Conveniently located in West Cumbria near Cockermouth, Whitehaven and Workington.

About Rowena

I attended Durham University from 1977 - 1981, graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in French II (i) with distinction in spoken French. My subsidiary subject was Russian. During the third year I worked as an assistante at the Lycée Polyvalent d'Etat, Rueil-Malmaison near Paris. While there I undertook one-to-one private tuition work in English in addition to my teaching in school. After Durham, I did my PGCE in Manchester, where I took methodology courses in French and German. Since then, I have taught full-time for over 25 years at six different secondary schools (age range 11 - 18) in both the state and private sectors and was Head of the Modern Languages Department at four. Since July 2008, when I stopped full-time teaching, I have set up my own private tuition business.

Testimonials

"The best teacher I've ever had! Supportive, patient and always there to help, Rowena made my learning fun and stress free. As an A Level student I was struggling to keep up and needed the extra sessions. It doesn't sound like much but one hour a week with Rowena goes a long way. I have never understood French as well as I did once I had been taught by her. She knew exactly what kind of teaching worked best with my understanding as well as my level of French. This woman works miracles!!"

Siân, September 2011

Depuis que nous avons rencontré Rowena, toute la famille est devenue "FAN" et nous aimerions l'avoir dans notre famille. Victor a plus appris en 4 semaines de cours intensifs en Cumbria qu'en 4 années de collège. Isa a eu un support toute l'année de son expatriation et pour ma part j'ai décidé de continuer les cours par Skype lorsque je vais rentrer en France. Ce qui en dit long de notre satisfaction et de notre attachement à Rowena. Aujourd'hui nos amis en France donnent des cours à leurs enfants par Skype. Pour ceux qui cherchent le bon prof, je vous recommande Rowena.

Yannick, Isa, Victor et Paul, Juillet 2014

"Depuis mon arrivée en Angleterre, Rowena m'a été d'une aide précieuse. Non seulement elle m'aide à progresser en anglais mais elle me soutient quand il faut faire face à tous les petits soucis quotidiens liés à une expatriation. C'est bien simple, je l'ai recommandée à toutes mes amies!"

Madame A-L Du Tremblay, Décembre 2012

"Humaniste, exigeante avec elle-même, encourageante avec ses élèves et pleine d'humour, Rowena pourrait être le professeur que nous regrettons de n'avoir pas eu. Pour des expatriés, elle est aussi une porte généreusement ouverte sur la communauté anglaise et sur la région magnifique qui nous accueille.

Mme Myriam Touratier, Février 2014

"Rowena helped both my children through GCSE French. She is an excellent teacher. Her style of teaching is encouraging and inspiring: it gave their confidence and self-belief a great boost just when it mattered. They looked forward to her visits and viewed her as a friend. I would recommend her to anyone. She is worth every penny!"

Caroline (Parent), September 2012

"My son received French tuition from Rowena prior to his GCSE. He benefited greatly from this. It focused his work and improved his grades. He himself realises that having these extra lessons was extremely beneficial. Rowena is friendly and teaches in a relaxed yet well-structured way. I would recommend her to anyone seeking language support."

Diane, September 2011

"I recommend Rowena Watkins without reservation as a tutor in 'A' Level French. She worked with my daughter for 8 months during her Upper Sixth Year, following a poor AS Level result. She had a wonderful, friendly rapport with her, was always welcoming and went out of her way to accommodate her. The lessons were well planned out and covered all the subject matter that she found my daughter to be weak in, as well as covering the work that worried her during the teaching from school. Her encouragement and enthusiasm helped my daughter to achieve an A Level result which was two grades higher than predicted. If you need any further reassurance, please don't hesitate to contact me."

Kim, September 2011

"I would highly recommend Rowena to anyone, whatever level of language teaching or support you require. Rowena is so easy to get along with and is so versatile and adaptable to your needs and requirements."

Joan, parent of Year 6 pupil taking Common Entrance Exam, July 2011

"Rowena is fun and I enjoy what we do together. She makes the work interesting and the subject is very enjoyable. "

Matthew, Year 6 pupil, July 2011.

Language Cumbria Tariffs

  • Tuition on a one-to-one basis for exam preparation up to GCSE Level
    £25 per hour
  • Tuition on a one-to-one basis for A Level French exams
    £28 per hour
  • Conversational French or English with exercises and/or grammar
    £25 per hour
  • Purely conversational French or English
    £20 per hour
  • Lessons are available online via Skype.
    £25 per hour
  • I am also able to cater for small groups - please 'Ask Ro...' re tariffs
  • Translation Tariff
    10p per word in source language