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Old 07.08.2007, 10:19
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English teachers for native English speakers in Basel?

Along with some friends, I am looking for a teacher to help our children (11 and 9), and others of similar age, to continue to develop their English language skills. They both attend Swiss school which we are very happy with, however, it would be great to continue to progress in English too.

We are looking into home schooling packages, but feel strongly that the input of a professional is essential to making this work, either as the person setting the work or as an assessor of the children's work (or both).

If you know of anyone in the Basel area (particularly Riehen), or if you have experience of going through the same process I'd love to hear from you.

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Old 07.08.2007, 11:53
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Re: English teachers for native English speakers in Basel?

Heya

Have you thought about maye having a native english speaking babysitter/nanny?

Especially if the kids are already in school during the day maybe they would pick it up better in a less formal environment..... just an idea and probably cheaper then a qualified teacher.

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Re: English teachers for native English speakers in Basel?

Thanks for the suggestion, but spoken English isn't the issue as the kids have only just left the UK, I am at home and they have English speaking friends. What I'd like is more formal English 'education' to continue from where they left off in UK school (spelling, creative writing, other forms of writing, literature etc).

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Re: English teachers for native English speakers in Basel?

Quite possibly you are already trying this but just in case I would suggest calling the international school in Basel; they might well maintain a list of tutors in the local area, or possibly some of their English teachers do some tutoring on the side.

International School Basel

(I don't have any links to the school, just a thought. I have seen international schools in other parts of the world help out in this way.)
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Re: English teachers for native English speakers in Basel?

Hello,

I am a qualified music teacher and will be relocating to Basel in July.

Although not a specialist English teacher, I am well versed with the current National Strategy with regards to literacy. I could combine instrumental tuition (guitar, piano, bass guitar, theory) with English associated tasks (research projects, evaluations etc.), or just take elements from the current key stage 2 and 3 curriculum, set work with reference to this and assess according to the National Curriculum levels.


If you are interested please email me.

Thanks,

RB
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Re: English teachers for native English speakers in Basel?

This thread is several months old already. I suggest to start a new thread in the Jobs forum. (Thread will stay open in case somebody else has the same problem in the future.)
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This thread is several months old already. I suggest to start a new thread in the Jobs forum. (Thread will stay open in case somebody else has the same problem in the future.)
Thanks for the tip.

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Re: English teachers for native English speakers in Basel?

I just moved here as an AuPair. I have some days and weekends free and I'm looking to make a little side money to travel. I am a certified teacher from the US. I taught kindergarten and 4th grade and also montessori pre-school/kindergarten. If you are only looking for a few hours a week, let me know. PM me if you are interested.

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Re: English teachers for native English speakers in Basel?

I see that the original request for help in tutoring native English-speaking children is quite old. But, for those of you in this predicament currently, here's how I handled it.

My daughter came over at age 4. Her spoken English was excellent but she didn't have reading or writing skills in English. I knew that once she was exposed to the systematic rules of German, she'd find English too problematic to try to learn. So my tactic was to start her off in English for a couple of years until the Swiss schools really started emphasizing reading and writing (about 2nd grade).

What I did was to import the most fun workbooks that I could find. I still have the whole series at home. There are books that are designed with reward stickers and other self-motivating tools. These worked great with me daughter. I encouraged her to work daily on them but she could work at her own pace. We did this for years. As a result, she learned to read in English. When, at age 11, she finally switched over to the international school, it took her less than a year to get her spelling up to par.

If anyone is interested in having their kid(s) work with this system, I'd be happy to tutor, individually or in a small group. I now have about five years of experience teaching English as a second language to local Basel children.

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