Do you like this tutor Delphine BARBER?

About Me

Bonjour!

Originally from France, I moved to Australia with my husband ten years ago. Throughout the years, I have been imparting my native command of the language to my students.

I specialise in tutoring VCE French and hence, am very familiar with the curriculum. I offer private lessons at my home, as well as facilitating conversational classes at a private school located in Hawthorn.

Throughout the years, I have taught students from the following schools:
- Scotch College
- Genazzano FCJ College
- Balwyn High School
- Ruyton girls’school
- Fintona Girls' School
- Koonung Secondary College
- Methodist Ladies' College (MLC)
- Doncaster Secondary College
- Camberwell Grammar School
- Xavier College
- Presbyterian Ladies' College (PLC)
- Trinity grammar school
- Siena College
- Camberwell High school
- Tintern grammar
- …


To prepare my VCE students for their assessments, I cover the four core components: speaking, writing, listening and reading.
Throughout the year, I engage in conversation using tailored questions often asked in the oral exam for both the general conversation and the detailed study.
My students are encouraged to practise writing essays in a variety of genres to familiarise themselves with the different stylistic elements. From these essays, I identify any grammatical learning gaps and provide the appropriate exercises.
To further enhance their language expression and bring an authenticity found in a native French speaker, I focus on common idioms and colloquialisms. More importantly, I put emphasis on various grammatical nuances often overlooked in the classroom as a consequence of an intensive schedule.
I provide listening and reading tasks with corresponding vocabulary lists in order to extend my students’ lexicon. I can also personalise these exercises toward their SAC topics and reoccurring themes in the final exam.

It is my pleasure to help students develop an appreciation of French. I aim to improve their language skills and to see them excel in their personal goals. Moreover, it is imperative to bolster confidence in those who feel lost in the intricacies of French or who have limited access to resources and the necessary assistance. I am convinced that performance should not be the sole aspiration, but also, an assurance in one’s potential.

I also hold lessons for those younger than Year 11 and Year 12 students and in addition, adult French classes at beginner and advanced levels through several language schools.

I am located in Doncaster, at walking distance from Westfield Shopping Town. If coming from the city via the Eastern freeway, take the Doncaster exit or if through Ringwood, exit from Tram Rd.

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer bientôt!

Delphine


Background Check

  • Working with Children Check (Reference No.: 0045817702, Expiry Date: 24/06/2018)
  • Police Check

Qualification

FRENCH MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

FRANCE

1989 - 1994



Subject

VCE preparation : I am French and I teach conversational classes for year 11 and 12 in a private schol in Hawthorn. Apart from conversation, I love developping writting skills for students to show grammatical variations in their essays.


Lesson Information

  • Lesson Type:
  • One to One
  • In Group
  • Lesson Language:
  • French
I would like my message to be forwarded to other local tutors.
I have read, understood and accept Tutors Field's Terms and Privacy Policy.
  • Doncaster, VIC 3108
Arshia E (7 Feb 2018)
I have worked with Delphine for the whole duration of my VCE high school and can confidently say that Delphine made VCE French so enjoyable and less stressful. She is able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each student and ensures that every student feels confident and prepared for their upcoming assessments. She offers many resources (including exercises, notes and audio) which help immensely to essay writing, reading comprehension and the listening component of the VCE exam. I would not have achieved such remarkable results without Delphine's help. I strongly recommend Delphine if you want to succeed in VCE French or just to improve your French in general.
Helen (3 Feb 2018)
For two years Delphine has been such a great support for my studies in VCE French. She helped me to improve from average grades to top scoring scores in year 12. She is very experienced and has many resources to help me excel in French. Tutoring with her has been the best decision in order for me to become more confident in French. She is very kind and encouraging. I cannot recommend her services enough!
Vishnu (3 Feb 2018)
I studied VCE Units 3&4 French in 2017 and I obtained a raw study score of 49. I would not have achieved such a high score had it not been for Delphine. She helped me tremendously throughout the years by providing a wide range of resources to enhance my French vocabulary and grammar. She also did a lot of general conversation and detailed study practice with me every week to build up my confidence for the oral exam. Most of all, she was always supportive and a joy to be around, therefore, making my studies in French all the more enjoyable.
Monika (2 Feb 2018)
I have had the pleasure of taking lessons from Delphine in year 12. She is such a genuine person and a highly talented teacher who tailors each lesson to your specific needs. She has helped me improve my writing a lot, by working on weak grammar points and providing me with strategies and tips to tackling exam prompts. When it comes to speaking, she makes you feel so comfortable and at ease so you are not worried about making mistakes. She highlights grammar and pronounciation errors (no matter how many times you make them, she is so patient) and also develops your responses and ideas so you can stand out.
As much as VCE French can get stressful, Delphine has a way of making you enjoy it and getting the most out of it.
Lian (2 Feb 2018)

Delphine is an outstanding French tutor and one I would recommend to anyone seeking to drastically improve their language skills. Her lessons are always well planned and relevant to the VCE French curriculum. Without Delphine’s knowledge and help, I would not have been able to achieve the study score I received in this subject. Her ingenious learning strategies and tips in grammar and extensive help in all aspects of French enabled me to feel completely prepared for all of my assessments. Delphine’s warmth, enthusiasm and encouragement created a calming atmosphere and made French highly enjoyable. She has boosted my confidence and inspired me to continue learning French beyond my secondary schooling years.
Emily (2 Feb 2018)
I am forever grateful to have found Delphine in my final two years of high school. Having lost interest in French for a period of time, she has managed to rekindle my passion for French - using many different techniques to teach and make French interesting in all components of reading, writing, listening and speaking. With a vast range of resources, she is able to guide and teach French for SACs and Exams down to the finest detail. Delphine's kind, supportive and incredibly patient nature has allowed me to learn both comfortably and willingly and has enabled me to become more confident in the language of French.
Max (2 Feb 2018)
Beyond amazing, hands down the best tutor I've had. Her knowledge and teaching style is unsurpassed. She enabled me to be dux of my cohort in french, her knowledge of the course will enable you to achieve your goals. I came as a struggling student and left well above average thanks to her. She is an amazing tutor for all levels of French alike.
Sarah A (9 Jan 2016)
I'm lost for words to describe the help and encouragement that Delphine has provided me during classes. She is a very passionate, approachable and animated tutor who is always prepared to go out of her way to help you progress and reduce stress during peak periods. She has helped me to do my best in VCE French in the Oral Exam, Written Exam and the Alliance Francaise Berthe Mouchette Competition. She was able to help me in all aspects of learning French from boosting confidence when speaking to key stylistic grammar techniques that brightened any piece of writing. I highly recommend Delphine for anyone seeking a French Tutor.
Jisoo R (9 Jan 2016)
Such an amazing tutor; learnt so much and improved heaps! Always made sure if I understood new concepts and dealt with me with lots of compassion and warmth each lesson.
Annie (7 Jan 2016)
Harnessing her insight as a native French speaker and a competent tutor, Delphine was able to pinpoint my needs and vastly extend my capabilities. Equipped with a plethora of resources, Delphine was readily prepared to impart knowledge and strategies that proved crucial for SACs and exams. With a keen eye for progress and a genuine care for me as a student, she allowed me to guide the lessons whilst ensuring that what she identified as areas of concern were tended to. Delphine�s encouraging and supportive teaching style is one to which I responded well. Without her guidance, I never would have obtained such excellent French results throughout my VCE years. I always looked forward to our sessions and will forever appreciate all that Delphine has done for me.
Anon (20 Feb 2015)
Delphine is an exemplary French tutor. I studied VCE Unit 3 & 4 French in 2014, and Delphine helped me immensely, particularly in regards to the oral examination. Delphine provided me with a wealth of knowledge and understanding, particularly in the area of my detailed study, as well as helping me by correcting my grammar, ensuring that what I was saying was always sophisticated and accurate. Delphine put a great amount of effort into my studies, not only within the time frame of our tute, but also during her own time. Delphine constantly gave me practical, beneficial advice regarding my writing, which allowed me to go into my exam with a confident, assured mind frame. Delphine evidently had a vested interest in my success in VCE, and encouraged and motivated me constantly throughout the year. She fully prepared me for each aspect of the examination, allowing me to perform at my best. I would not have been able to achieve the success I did in VCE without the help of Delphine, however, above all, Delphine was constantly friendly, supportive, and a joy to be around, therefore making my studies in French all the more enjoyable.
Kate (7 Feb 2015)
I really enjoyed my tutoring lessons with Delphine. I always looked forward to learning French with her and she really built my love for the French language. I found that her classes put French into a worldwide context and made learning French seem like a useful skill, rather than just a VCE subject. I would recommend any student who wants to improve their communication skills in French to Delphine.
Ping (7 Feb 2015)
Delphine was a extremely understanding teacher to me. She went above and beyond what I expected, providing me with the extra knowledge and support that I needed to boost my confidence in French and excel in my studies. She is very patient and thorough. I recommend students of all skills.
Vinuri (6 Feb 2015)
Delphine is the best French teacher I've ever had in the 6 years I've been learning French. She is always enthusiastic about teaching and is very dedicated to helping her students improve. I am forever thankful for her help.
Tom H (6 Feb 2015)
Native French speaker, so no worries with language errors, yet great speaks English, so is able to communicate clearly with students. Has a wide variety of grammatical, listening, writing and speaking tasks available for her students. Lively, energetic and friendly, I would recommend her to anyone of any French ability. My French improved out of sight with her sessions!
Denise (3 Feb 2014)
I received a raw study score of 44 for French in VCE and I could not have done so without the help of Delphine! Delphine's assistance allowed me to change from a student who struggled with French grammar and the French accent into one who was a finalist in the Alliance Francaise de Melbourne French Oral competition. Her patience and friendly demeanour allowed me to ask questions without feeling embarrassed and her weekly email corrections of essays ensured that I learnt from my mistakes. Merci Delphine!
Hendrik D (29 Jan 2014)
My family and I attended French lessons with Delphine for the duration of 2013 and in that time we have enjoyed every minute of Delpine's classes. Delphine is is native French and we found her classes very enjouable and constructive. We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn French.
Sue O (16 Jan 2014)
We are extremely lucky to have found Delphine. She comes to help our daughter with so much enthusiasm and high spirits she is like a breath of fresh air. Delphine makes learning fun and I often hear laughter during her tutorials. All the members in our family have made a positive connection with Delphine and we look forward to her visits.
Ellie (7 Jan 2014)
I would not have passed IB French without Delphine! After many disasters with school teachers, she was so accommodating and understanding of my situation, and ready to help me in preparation of my final exams. Lacking in many areas, Delphine quickly identified them and then targeted them in our weekly sessions. It was always fun, informative and I always walked away feeling as though I had learnt something. I could never thank her enough for her commitment and understanding and assistance, I highly recommend Delphine as a tutor!
Simon H (6 Jan 2014)
Very happy with Delphines attitude, motivation and level of French language skills.My Daughter enjoys her tutorials with Delphine and hopefully will progress in French in a positive and productive way.
Lexi S (15 Dec 2013)
Delphine has taken me from having a very low understanding of French to reaching A+ in ALL tests & exams. Her enthusiasm made it inviting & enjoyable. I would recommend anyone at any level to be tutored by Delphine. The confidence I now have is amazing. Delphine taught me the foundations to continue to build on. I now enjoy French. Thank you Delphine.
Kevin W (14 Dec 2013)
Delphine is a superb tutor in French. She has great patience with someone not able to grasp the accent. Her lessons are very well prepared with plenty of basic sheets of grammar to learn from. She sets homework which she checks at the start of the next lesson. There is a huge advantage in learning French from one whose native language is French. I can recommend without reservation Delphine as a tutor to anyone of any standard or age, interested in learning French as a beginner or for coaching for external exams.
Mia O (20 Feb 2013)
My experience with Delphine was invaluable. I always came away from our sessions feeling as though I had made great progress. She is always optimistic and friendly and would go above and beyond to help me. She is particularly helpful with oral preparation which is perhaps the most difficult aspect of the subject. She is inspiring to listen to and I have fond memories of my time with Delphine.
Sophie T (28 Jan 2013)
Delphine is a tutor that not only knows the language and the subject inside out but she also is so easy to communicate with. She constantly had an interest with my progress and how i was finding the topic we were studying at school, i found that seeing her throughout year 12 french made a huge difference and helped me a lot
Callum (3 Jan 2013)
Delphine helped me improve my French in every way. I learnt in many different ways all of which were successful.
Chris M (21 Nov 2012)
Delphine came to our house and taught us French from a very beginner level to confident in basic conversation, formalities and navigation. Not only was she helpful with our language progress but helped us allot with French etiquette and way of life information that has us fully prepared for our trip to France. I can't recommend her highly enough!
Lucy (15 Apr 2012)
As a student, I have definitely felt myself improve in French with Delphine. She is always enthousiastic about teaching and is able to highlight improvement areas that we continue to work on. I always look forward to my weekly sessions with Delphine because I feel that she is providing me with authentic french knowledge, and her lessons are free from pressure or intimidation. I would strongly recomend Delphine as a french tutor!