Meet Carole, your native French teacher

Salut !

My name is Carole Palfreman. I am a native French teacher from Normandy. I studied for my degree in English, Spanish and IT in Le Havre before spending a year as a French language assistant in the South of England.

I then decided to stay in the UK and did teacher training at the University of Southampton. I remained in the South of England for 8 years, teaching IT and languages.

Then I carried on with my little tour of Europe by first spending 2 years in lovely Baden (Switzerland) where I taught for a language school. I spent the next 4 years north of Frankfurt where the French community is very strong.

I am currently in the North West of England, where I get to experience absolutely stunning landscapes. When I am not busy teaching or creating language learning videos, I might be found playing the violin, cooking, or watching a history program.

I hope you enjoy my lessons and have as much fun learning with me as I have teaching!

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“I wanted to thank you for all the work you did with Zaid. I am delighted with the progress he made over the course of the year and the result is a credit to both of you.”

Zaid's Dad

GCSE French Student’s Dad

“Sam got a 7 in his French, which he was pleased with, so thanks very much for your help.”

Sam's Mum

GCSE French Student’s Mum

I can’t think of an area of French which my lessons have not helped to improve. However, I think that my grammar and my pronunciation have probably seen the most improvement. Now I am also much better at ‘sounding more French’- avoiding too literal translations which don’t make sense and even learning some idioms. Occasionally you even help me with English spelling and grammar. As it is your first language, obviously the ‘rules’ of French are instinctive for you, however you really know how to explain everything to me from an English perspective and are extremely patient. I appreciate how focused and thorough you are. I feel that we accomplish a lot in each session and you always listen to what I need and tailor our lessons to suit that. I like that alongside my work, I always have my ‘verbs and vocabulary’ file open, to which I add the new vocabulary and grammar that I come across in whatever exercise we are doing. These make great revision aids towards exam time. 

I think lessons on Skype are great. Firstly, it is thanks to Skype that I have the opportunity to have tutoring with you at all, as we live in different cities. Secondly, I think that using Skype is a very efficient and convenient way of tutoring. The ‘share screen’ function allows you to see my work at the same time as me so you can check and critique everything as we go along. Using the computer also allows us to access online resources during the lesson- such as listening exercises and online newspapers ect. As a bonus, you have also taught me lots of ICT tips and tricks.

Charlotte Stella

French student on Skype

“Megan’s teacher sounded very pleased with her speaking test, he praised her and said he couldn’t have asked for more and that she sounded fluent, so thank you, Carole. Although Megan dare not think she has done well, her teacher’s response was reassuring.”


French student’s Mum

“It’s been good meeting different people and I’ve enjoyed your teaching , so thank you. I think I understand the subjunctive now.”


In my opinion, Carole has helped me so much, my grades have improved dramatically. I am now a lot more confident in my French lessons at school.
Jessica Whitehead
GCSE student
This was only my second visit but just like last time I thoroughly enjoyed it. Carole is an excellent teacher and manages to keep things rolling with all different levels of students simultaneously. It was also great to be with people of no longer School age like at the colleges. Excellent "work sheets"
Pauline Greenwood
French Conversation Class student
Carole is punctual, well prepared, and a very experienced Tutor. "I always look forward to my next lesson, and would recommend Carole to any age group. 5 star
60+ Spanish student on Skype who moved to Spain
French was a subject I really struggled with at school. Thanks to your teaching methods I have made great progress and feel a lot more confident when I have to speak French on holidays.
Michelle Turner
adult learner
Excellent- Carole is exceptionally professional and has helped my daughter in her understanding and work in German. In just two lessons, my daughter`s confidence has grown tremendously due to Carole`s experience, skill, knowledge and ability to mediate learning.
Sean Koon
Bethan's Mum, year 9 German pupil at BRGS
Thanks for another superb lesson on Zoom, I'm just starting to copy the whole of the lesson, which you kindly send by email, out in my exercise book, which in effect gives me two lessons in one. I was slightly apprehensive about having my lessons on Zoom due to Covid 19,but it's not the case, It's easy & very constructive.
Michael Concannon
Online French Student
Just to let you know Peter has had his A-level results today. I am really pleased to say that he got an A for his French A-level!
Helen Kendall
Peter's Mum