Prices and Packages

  • The prices shown here are my guideline, full-tariff, single session rates. These can be discounted for purchases of lesson "packs", negotiable at the time of booking.

  • With multiple-learner conversation classes, the hourly price shown is shared between participants.  Single-learner classes are discounted from the full price shown here to be more affordable for one participant.

  • 'Home' location is near Espéraza in the Aude, Occitanie, France. I travel locally for an additional time/expenses charge.

  • Residential immersion courses are available for French, singing and piano training. Express your interest on contact. Accommodation sleeps 4 comfortably, 6 max.

  • Please contact me using the contact form at the bottom of the page to discuss lesson times and prices, and to arrange one-off or regular payments. 

  • Booking and payment terms are detailed below with the contact form.

Discounts on multiple-lesson bookings!

Residential Immersion courses for French and Music!

Language Tuition

"The limits of my language are the limits of my world" Ludwig Wittgenstein
 

Initial Consultation Lesson

An informal chat about your language level and learning ambitions
Price
Duration
Location
€25
45 mins
Online/Home

This is a chance to get to know each other and establish a learning 'blueprint' for your chosen language. We'll discuss your WHY - the precise reasons you are looking for language tuition - and we'll get a sense of the level you are at now, so that we can benchmark the progress you will make.  We'll also begin to think about your SMART goals; what progress will feel like to you in what time frame, what your specific objectives are, and how to achieve all that!  The result? A  learning plan - not set in stone - but something to guide our way forward!

French Conversation

Structured and themed conversation lessons tailored to meet your needs
Price
Duration
Location
€45
1 hour
Online/home

Individual or group-based (up to 6 participants), these lessons are graded to your ability. With scaffolded support that builds your conversational fluency whilst reinforcing relevant and useful vocabulary and language structures.

Includes:

  1. Scaffolded learning that supports your level, building vocabulary and practising grammar points round themes and topics chosen by you.

  2. Topic Vocabulary lists with grammar point focus

  3. Build confidence in a relaxed, supportive environment

  4. Organised note-taking and interim homework provided if desired.

Russian for beginners

An introduction to the language and its culture, up to KS3 (UK)
Price
Duration
Location
€50
1 hour
Online/Home

Russian is a fascinating language, but presents immediate challenges with its alphabet and vocabulary. Yet rising to this challenge can be fun,! You will learn the sounds of its common nouns and adjectives, appreciate the directness of its grammar (no verb to be in the present tense and no articles!) and find out about the imperfective and perfective aspects of its verbs.  

Includes:

  1. The Cyrillic alphabet, its letters and sounds

  2. Basic topic vocabulary

  3. Everyday conversation starters, questions and answers

  4. Essential grammar, the perfective and imperfective aspects of verbs.

  5. Resources and homework

  6. Formative and summative assessments

French, Spanish, Italian GCSE

AQA, EDEXCEL, iGCSE, Baccalauréat. Exam preparation and support 
Price
Duration
Location
€50
1 hour
Online/Home

With extensive knowledge and school-based experience of preparing students for GCSE exams, these sessions are aimed at supporting children of all abilities to achieve their best at assessment time.  The key focus here is practising the student's language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst building vocabulary, addressing gramatical misconceptions and extending students to produce the best work possible. Full support is also provided for students with Special Education Needs.

Includes:

  • Carefully-planned lessons adapted to specific exam board specs

  • Targeted lesson objectives

  • Supports school-based schemes of learning

  • Interim home-study and formative/summative assessment

  • Progress reports

  • Takeaway resources for reference

  • Access to learning tool folders

  • Available between lessons to answer questions and provide additional support

French A Level

Exam support for grammar, vocabulary, language skills, literary analysis and essay writing
Price
Duration
Location
€55
1 hour
Online/Home

The A level specifications build on the foundations laid down at GCSE. The themes and topics are expanded, and the student is expected to understand and produce more complicated language, deduce meaning from a range of texts and audio, and discuss themes, story-telling and character development in a range of literary texts.

Includes:

  • Support with advanced grammar, including hypothetical sentences, the subjunctive and the passive voice

  • Idiomatic vocabulary building

  • Analysis and discussion of prescribed literary texts.

  • Access to a wide range of resources

  • Regular progress tracking and formative/summative assessment

  • Pastoral support and mentoring

English as Foreign Language

Conversation with native speaker for professional or leisure purposes. Individual or groups.
Price
Duration
Location
€45
1 hour
Online/home

As a native English speaker with a qualification from TEFL.org, I provide conversation-based classes for any age and level, for business or leisure purposes.

 

Includes:

  • Vocabulary building and grammar explanations

  • UK cultural focus, if desired

  • Dedicated preparation for professional certificates and exams, such as:

    • the Cambridge qualifications for children and teenagers

    • the British Council IELTS exams which enable people to work and study abroad.

    • TOEIC and TOEFL exams, useful skill measurements for business degrees and employers, particularly in America.

Singing Lessons

Price: €35

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Home or outcall

Fun, developmental singing lessons for students of all ages, beginners to advanced, with either one or two teachers in a dedicated music room at a beautiful location. Friendly, relaxed approach to put you at ease and help develop a free and resonant singing technique for a range of musical styles and with multi-lingual coaching; opera, classical, musical, folk, pop. 

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Piano Lessons

Price: €35

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Home or outcall

An introduction to the instrument for beginners and intermediate players of all ages, with coaching on posture and hand technique to optimise your playing and comfort.  Learn to play by ear or by reading piano music. Fun and relaxed lessons in a private, dedicated music room.  Recommended study guides and exercise books to help you progress. 

Please note I do not offer dedicated teaching of jazz piano technique

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Residential Courses

Based at the holiday accommodation on our property here in France

Why not take the plunge and book yourself a week's study holiday? A full-immersion French course, where you can take regular classes during the day, then put what you've learnt into practice by shopping at the local markets, buying your groceries at the local shops, touring the sites and chatting in French over a crêpe or a coffee.

Or treat yourself to a musical holiday by booking a singing or piano lesson (or both!) every day and join in with some local music-making (subject to event timetable).

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What My Clients Say...

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Tyler Clarke, Counselling Psychologist in doctoral training. French Conversation

After numerous failed attempts at learning French, I am so happy and relieved to have started lessons with James. The lessons are completely tailored to my needs, with descriptions of grammar I finally understand and are a perfect combination of being challenging, but also fun. I am excited to continue learning French with James, and highly recommend anyone else who is thinking the same to get in touch!