* GCSE French (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* GCSE Italian (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* A Level French (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* A Level Italian (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* English as a foreign language
I have taught French and Italian to all levels and have worked at Godolphin and Latymer School. I tutored students in Italian and French, preparing them for their GCSE and A Levels. I specialised in helping with grammar, literature, paragraph writing and general essay writing skills. I also conducted assessments and identified gaps in knowledge.
I have designed and developed individualised tutoring strategies for students at the Ecole Bilingue Jeannine Maneul, Paris. I offer voluntary linguistic support to anglophone students settling in at the Ecole Bilingue Jeannine Manuel, Londres. I also hold weekly conversation groups on behalf of Londres Accueil, a French charity for francophones in London.
I was born in Rome but have spoken French and English from a very young age. My background is international and it has allowed me to master four languages: French, English, Italian and Spanish. I graduated from Milan University, Institute of Modern Languages, with a first-class degree in English and French Literature and I subsequently obtained a professional diploma in interpreting and translation. I also studied French literature and language for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. I have 20 years experience as a trilingual French/English/Italian tutor, working with pupils from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and cultures.
My rigorous academic studies have given me an in-depth knowledge of languages and literature which I combine with a fun, focused and practical approach, in order to share my passion for languages with my tutees. I work principally on a one-to-one basis with students but I regularly also work with small groups and I have run many groups workshops on specific themes.
I have a hands-on tutoring approach and I am extremely patient and understanding. I particularly enjoy building a strong personal rapport with my tutees and understanding their personal learning style, strengths and development areas so that I can tailor and adapt my teaching methods and program to really help my tutees learn rapidly, with confidence and enjoyment.
I have a varied group of students, ranging from 13 plus to GCSE, A levels and Oxbridge candidates to adult learning in French, English and Italian language and literature.
I have prepared students for many leading schools and universities, including: Francis Holland School (Sloane Square and Regent's Park) ~ Harrow School~ King's College, Wimbledon ~ Fulham Prep Senior School ~ St Paul’s Boys School~ Godolphin & Latymer School ~ Oxbridge Preparation.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Languages and literature are my lifelong passions so I usually relax by discovering new authors, going to the theatre and occasionally attempting to learn the basics of a new language, such as Portuguese or German!
Although I have lived in London for over 20 years, I am still very much an Italian and I love cooking Italian dishes for my family and friends and travelling back to my home country when I have time.
I have two daughters at university in the UK and of course I love to spend time with them as well as my crazy French dog!
“I can highly recommend Nicoletta as a tutor in languages. Our daughter has just completed her mock GCSE’s and she scored A’s. Nicoletta is thorough, kind, and a caring teacher who gives you more than her all. Isabella had homework and Nicoletta always sent her updates and new work by e-mail with complete reports for us too, which as parents we appreciated hugely. She spoke in French to Isabella and this helped her enormously during the lessons. Just to have a one to one for over an hour was invaluable. She is a very fine tutor and I recommend you work with her as soon as you can.”
“This is a reference for Nicoletta Alegnini regarding her role as a French tutor for my son who is at a highly academic school. She has taught him for a year, since he was 11 years old. Lessons are conducted either in person or over Skype. They have tended to be weekly during term time. Nicoletta is an exceptional tutor. She has been genuinely interested to understand my son’s personality and my concerns. She has tailored her teaching so that it complements and reinforces the schoolwork; has suggested additional learning resources and set homework when appropriate. She is charming, punctual and responsive. My son says she is friendly, patient and caring; tries to improve his weaknesses and explains things in a way he understands.“
“ Nicoletta is the best!!! Nicoletta has been tutoring my daughter since the beginning of the Upper Sixth. Even though Julia got an A star in her French GCSE, we were looking for that extra knowledge that doesn’t come from the school text books. Nicoletta provides that egregiously: not only because of her extensive knowledge of the French language, literature and society but also because she is extremely well-read and cultured. Nicoletta is also amazing at exam technique and offers to her pupils a very clever approach to each and every paper. She is exactly what is needed to nail a language exam!”
“I was introduced to Nicoletta by a local lady who I have known for a few years. She explained that she was on her way to an Italian lesson with Nicoletta and spoke in glowing terms about how much she felt she was benefitting from her lessons. I had been looking for a French tutor for my son and, upon hearing that Nicoletta also teaches French, I asked for her contact details. After I contacted Nicoletta she replied promptly and courteously and we arranged the first tutorial. This was in mid-November. Since then Nicoletta has taught my son (aged nearly 12) on a Saturday morning for one hour. Alongside these weekly lessons, she has done a few additional lessons to supplement his exam preparations. The context for this reference is as follows. My son is a pupil at a highly selective/academic London school and French is his weakest subject. I do not consider this to be a symptom of the teaching he has received (his school French teacher is excellent); he has just found it harder than other things. I note this because, as you see from the comments below, Nicoletta has been extremely helpful in supplementing that teaching. I think it is also relevant to mention that Nicoletta is not the first tutor I have used – my children have had a few tutors over the years and so I would regard myself as considerably experienced in being able to assess a tutor and the extent to which my child is benefiting from them. In light of the above, I have no hesitation in saying that Nicoletta is an exceptional tutor. From a parent’s perspective, she is wonderful to deal with: she is genuinely interested to understand the character and personality of the child she is teaching; she wants to understand the parent’s concerns and to work with the family accordingly; she assesses the child’s aptitudes and weaknesses and prepares a bespoke teaching plan; she suggests teaching materials and obtains them; she thinks ahead about what needs to be done for future learning and sets homework; she makes herself available when additional teaching is necessary/helpful and – finally - she is unfailingly charming, punctual and helpful. From a child’s perspective (and based on my conversations with my son – much of this is his direct feedback): he says that she is friendly, patient and caring; tries to improve his weaknesses; explains things in a way he understands and often in a way in which his school teacher has not fully explained; has helped improve his vocabulary and (therefore) his confidence and she looks at what he has done in school, builds on that and often goes beyond it (especially in grammar) in a way he finds helpful.“
“Nicoletta Alegnini is helping my daughter Allegra with her French A level preparation since September 2018. I am extremely pleased with her work, not only Allegra has improved in her subject going from a B to an A in her last reports. Nicoletta has also taught her the right method to approach a foreign language, something that unfortunately my daughter didn’t learn at school. Her capacity of teaching Allegra to think ‘out of the box’ is unique together with her ability to establish a friendly yet professional bond with her have also been very important. I cannot recommend Nicoletta’s tutoring enough and I am very thankful for everything Allegra has learned with her.”