We are proud to work with some of the most experienced and motivational tutors in the area. Each trainer is fully qualified to teach languages to adults and children. Some are native-speakers and all are qualified to degree or post-graduate level with experience of living in the country of the target language. We value our high standard of tutors and it is through this that we regularly receive repeat business from clients who return to us time and time again.
Every tutor is fully vetted before they are given clients to work with since we recognise that the success of the tuition depends on the quality and commitment of the tutor. We offer a friendly and personalised approach and carefully match up clients with the tutor who we believe suits their individual needs.
Below are our regular team of tutors, however, we also work with many other tutors, translators and interpreters all over the UK who go through a rigorous vetting procedure before taking on clients on our behalf.
Antonio Giaffreda, Italian
Antonio teaches Italian to all levels of learner as a part time teacher at the Peterborough Regional College and also the City College. He is of dual nationality (British/Italian) and grew up in Italy. He is fully qualified and in 2010 obtained the PTLLS teaching qualification. Antonio is a very popular tutor with strong interpersonal skills who receives excellent feedback from all his clients. He has taught a wide variety of learners both face-to-face and over Skype including A-level students, primary school children, adult beginners and is currently delivering in-company language training at a local company twice a week for 20 delegates in the IT profession.
"I need to improve my Italian for business as well as for my personal pleasure. Viva arranged my Skype lessons with a native Italian speaker who is also a practising language teacher in this country. It was immediately apparent that his teaching technique is first-class and I enjoy his helpfulness and enthusiasm. A real extra advantage is that these lessons are held over Skype. He is located a hundred miles or so away from where I live - it doesn't matter at all, and we simply fix a time to suit us both. I warmly recommend this procedure as a really competent way of benefiting from the web.”
John Churchill, Italian conversation
Sandra Ringler, Spanish, Portuguese
Sandra has been a lecturer of Modern Foreign Languages for 11 years, and has taught a range of different qualifications, such as NVQs, AVCEs, OCRs, Language for Business. Sandra is a very enthusiastic tutor and loves teaching at after school clubs in local primary schools or preparing mature students for foreign language GCSEs and A-levels. Sandra always goes the extra mile to help her clients learn and she finds it extremely rewarding to see how some of her students have become fluent in a second language after just a short period of time.
“Sandra was a very polite and patient teacher who quickly built up a good understanding of my learning capabilities as I have been out of a learning environment for 25 years. She adapted the lessons to make them more interesting and always came prepared with the relevant worksheets.”
Local PC, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, beginner's Portuguese
Monique Demar, French, German
Monique is a native French speaker and has many years’ experience of delivering in-company language training as well as working in secondary schools teaching GCSE’s and A-levels in French and German. Monique is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) and the Institute of Translating and Interpreting (MITI). She has worked as an oral examiner for the London Chamber of Commerce as well as Assistant Examiner for the Diploma for Bilingual Secretaries (French) for the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Monique has also experience of organising French residential weekend courses for adult learners. She works as a translator and interpreter for Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the Courts. Monique is a highly skilled and effective tutor ensuring that she tailors her lessons to each learner’s exact needs.
“Lessons with Monique have been informative, thorough, and extremely helpful. My daughter Brooke looks forward to her lessons and she is gaining in French comprehension with every lesson. Monique is knowledgeable and uses various resources, making the lessons both productive and enjoyable.”
Jennifer & Brooke Roberts - French tuition
“Many thanks for putting me in touch with French tutor Monique. Her lessons were perfectly tailored to my needs and she made me feel completely at ease.
Monique has helped me with very specific French language learning to help make my move to Luxembourg much smoother.
I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone else.”
Tina Eustace - French tuition to prepare for move to Luxembourg
Sophie Jarman, Portuguese, Spanish, EFL
Sophie has a BA degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Sheffield. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has lived in South America for the past five years working as a tutor and translator. She has a TEFL diploma for teaching English as a second language and has enjoyed teaching English to students of all ages on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. She also teaches Portuguese and Spanish to those who want to learn either or both of these two languages that she is really passionate about! Sophie makes her lessons informative but relaxed and fun. Sophie believes communication is key and her dynamic style of teaching makes learning languages effective, convenient and fun. Sophie offers lessons over Skype as she currently lives in Colombia.
"I decided to try Skype lessons to learn Portuguese because I was struggling to find classes in my local area. Those I did find were not at convenient times for someone who works 9-5 or they had very large class sizes. I find the lessons very flexible as you pay as you go which is great and as the lessons are one-to-one the content can be catered to your needs. As long as you have a good Internet connection to ensure the sound is not impaired as it is important to get pronunciations correct then I would highly recommend trying it!"
Lucy Deverson, beginner's Portuguese
Sabina Dungarwalla, German, EFL
Sabina is an enthusiastic German tutor who is passionate about the German language and learnt it for over 14 years. She studied the subject for GCSE (Grade A*), A-Level (Grade A), as well as at University (BA Modern Language Studies with Honours - 2:1). She spends a few weeks per year travelling around Germany, so she is very accustomed to speaking with native speakers. She has experience of teaching general conversation classes for adults, as well as helping students to prepare for their GCSE German exams. Sabina teaches beginners through to more advanced levels and through a fun and interactive way helps people improve their vocabulary, grammatical skills, or conversational skills, reading, writing and comprehension of German. Sabina has over four and a half years of teaching experience to adults from across the world, including learners from Arab countries, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and South America. Sabina achieved the TESOL qualification in 2009 and has been teaching English at Boston college as well as privately through one-one or group lessons and remotely for business, academic and marketing purposes.
"Sabina has been a great help with Georgia whilst studying for her GCSE in German. She has helped with both vocabulary and speaking, and her confidence has gone from strength to strength since starting with Sabina. Georgia is hoping to continue with A-level, and Sabina's teaching method has assisted Georgia with this decision. Sabina is punctual and an excellent teacher and I would strongly recommend her."
Lisa and Georgia Pepe, GCSE German
Maria Grota, EFL
Maria has an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and has trained with the British Council to obtain the DELTA and CELTA Certificates in Teaching English. EFL has been a passion of Maria’s for over 20 years and she has taught English to children and adults of all ages and cultural backgrounds since 1993. She prepares candidates for Cambridge exams and IELTS. She has delivered group and one-to-one Business English training courses for companies including the creation of supplementary materials, picture files and tests. Maria’s lessons reflect a student-centred, eclectic approach so that every type of learner is catered for and valued. She uses the latest educational technology such as Powerpoint and Smartboards to enliven grammar and to make her lessons more stimulating and meaningful. She dedicates a lot of time to her lesson preparation so that they are suited to the students’ learning abilities as well as incorporating the students’ cultural heritage. Maria has recently delivered a successful Business English course for a group of mixed nationality learners.
Sihan Yang, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese
Sihan is a British Citizen of Chinese origin and has lived in the UK for over 8 years. She is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and also speaks Japanese. She has a Masters degree in Education She has over ten years’ experience of teaching Chinese both within primary and secondary schools as well as providing Chinese language and cultural training programmes for companies. Sihan has also worked as a translator and interpreter within several industries. She is a hard-working and motivated tutor who is highly approachable. Through her determination for success and her outstanding professionalism her clients consistently provide us with positive feedback.
”Having completed my BA studying Mandarin, I was desperate to keep my language learning process going. Having contacted Viva Language Services, I was very promptly put in contact with a Mandarin tutor, and since then I have had weekly lessons, where I truly feel that my level of Mandarin continues to improve. The level is tailored to my ability, allowing me to choose the material we study, so that nothing too complicated, nor easy is selected. Fixing lesson times has always been easy, and I can control my rate of progress, which is something I find really useful.”
Ross Gallagher, advanced Mandarin