I offer two types of classes - INFORMAL and FORMAL:
Informal classes are for ESL or German students who want to practice their conversation skills, with some grammar/vocabulary revision sprinkled in. These are $30 AUD per hour.
Formal classes are for ESL, German or French students who need to focus on specific areas, like grammar, pronunciation, help with completing homework, and following class material (or for students who wish that I prepare the material for class). These cost $40 AUD per hour to account for preparation time and recordings made after classes (for students to remember vocabulary and pronunciation).
If you book a package of five classes to use within 30 days I will give you a 10% discount off the total price.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
****CURRENT AS OF SEPTEMBER 2020*****
I have three years of experience teaching languages and many more years of experience as a language student. I have learnt German, French, Farsi (Persian), Portuguese and Arabic to different degrees of fluency, and I have lived in many countries as a foreigner myself, so I know the struggles of learning a new language.
I think people learn best when they just keep on practising expressing themselves. With each of my students I have a Google Doc where the lesson notes are saved so we can keep coming back to them in following lessons to make sure that they don't forget. I have my own interesting material - or, we can use yours.
Because of my background in linguistics and languages, I am quite good at teaching topics that may be more challenging for some tutors, like grammar and pronunciation.
I completed my PGDip in Linguistics at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and my MSc in Neuroscience at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. I have lived in France for one year and Germany for five years.
Current BPsychSci(Hons) student at Central Queensland University
2018 - current English and German Tutor, Interpreter and Translator - SELF EMPLOYED
2011 - 2012 English Instructor - INTENSIVO CONSULTORIA DE IDIOMAS (Brazil) and EDUSTAR (Australia)
B.A. (Linguistics & French Studies) - The University of Adelaide, 2011
PGDip (Linguistics) - Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, 2013
M.Sc (Neuroscience) - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2017
Goethe Certificate C2 (Diploma of total proficiency in German)
Other than this, I have worked in various paid and volunteer roles for several years at the intersection of mental health and culture, providing psychosocial support and cultural mediation (interpreting) for refugees and asylum seekers with mental illness, which is my passion!
I have several years' experience as a research assistant in neuroscience/psychology too (with a focus on language!).
If you are looking for a seasoned and very professional teacher, patient with good didactic look no further; you have just found not only a teacher that has all those qualities but also can bring you an enormous advantage if you speak French, German, Farsi, Arabic or Portuguese like me; she can speak all those languages (that I know of) being proficient in German. Even if you don't she has strong formation on the learning process, you will hardly find someone so competent.
For all those reasons having classes with Shiva helped me a lot in my college and in my life abroad in an English speaking country, I really recommend her classes for anyone.
Shiva is a talented and highly motivated language learner with an excellent command of pronunciation in her native English and in many other languages. As an instructor of others who are trying to learn languages on their own, she is empathetic and supportive. She can draw on her academic background in linguistics as well as on her personal learning experience to give you tips and strategies for meeting your personal learning goals. In my case, she helped me a great deal in improving my French accent. If language is your focus, then you are safe with Shiva.
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