Linguatrust developed, piloted and customised an online Toolkit for the Sandwell Language Network (SLN) in 2021-22, as part of a boroughwide community ESOL programme. The result is a fantastic online resource for ESOL Tutors for basic/pre-entry skills level upwards, adaptable for informal community settings as well as more formal learning environments. We invited Sharon from Linguatrust to speak at the celebration event of the SLN programme in July 2022. She presented the Toolkit and spoke with in-depth knowledge and passion about the importance of language learning for wellbeing as well as to address social, health and economic inequalities. We're delighted to have the Toolkit as part of the legacy of the programme and would be very happy to work with Linguatrust again in the future.
- Louise Kilbride, CEO, Sandwell Consortium CIC
So pleased I found Sharon! I own a Spanish restaurant, Bar Limón. Sharon has translated several texts and documents from Spanish to English and English to Spanish. She has excellent cultural knowledge –ensuring Bar Limón provides an authentic Spanish / Hispanic experience. Sharon was professional, accurate and prompt. To sum up a pleasure to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate to call upon her services again
- Lucy Dunlop, Owner of Bar Limón
Sharon played a key role in helping my son to prepare for his French GCSC exams this year. My son was getting a little discouraged with his French lesson as he was not receiving proper support from his school. His grades weren't progressing towards his desired level. Sharon worked really hard with him to ensure he received the guidance and support he needed. Sharon had an in-depth knowledge of the GCSE French syllabus and the exam requirements, as well as a huge variety of resources and materials to draw upon and a solid teaching experience. My son really enjoyed his lessons with Sharon, and found her to be patient, motivating and encouraging, and this, in turn, helped him to attain a high grade in his recent GCSC exams. Although my son will not be doing French for his A Levels, he has decided to continue having regular lessons with her so he can continue to improve his knowledge of the language. Thank you, Sharon, for being an amazing tutor!
- Binder K
After being predicted a 3 in my Spanish GCSE, I found Sharon and began tuition with her. Although having only a few months until my exams, Sharon worked with me persistently and kept lessons interesting and engaging. Sharon is extremely approachable and friendly, making it easy to engage with her and her method of teaching showed me that sometimes you just need the right teacher to help you! After just a few months of tuition with Sharon, I achieved a grade 7 (grade A) in my final GCSE results, despite being predicted a fail. Thank you so much Sharon for your help, you are amazing!
I can highly recommend Sharon to anyone looking for a language teacher. Sharon is an experienced and skilled teacher with an in-depth knowledge of French and Spanish language, life and culture. As an adult learner with terrible memories of school French lessons, I have found the last few years learning with Sharon to be a delightful experience. She has kindly and expertly guided me and improved my language skills to a point which would probably astound my old school teacher. The language learning has taken place in the context of learning about French life, politics, culture, geography etc so each lesson has been fascinating and taught me so much. And what is more each lesson has been tremendous fun - I never previously associated French lessons with laughter!
Taking lessons in Spanish with Sharon has been a very rewarding experience.I am hopefully making progress with the Spanish language but also learning about Spanish culture and historical context which is so interesting. I have no hesitation in recommending Sharon who is a most professional and competent teacher who has helped me as an adult learner to return to language learning.
My son is dyslexic but extremely able in Maths and Sciences. He has always struggled with English and in order to get into a good 6th form needs to pass English*. I couldn’t have found anyone better for him than Sharon. Over the past year he has always come out of each session very positive and chatty. His confidence has grown immensely. He even waxes lyrical about the set texts, something I never expected! Sharon tailors her tuition beautifully to the learner and her reliability and professionalism are always evident. I would not hesitate to recommend Sharon.
*Update: I'm delighted to report that xxxx got a level 6 in both English Language and English Literature. He is very happy. Thank you for all your hard work with him. I know it made a huge difference to his confidence and xxxx always enjoyed his sessions with you.
Sharon is being a really great help for my son who is studying for higher tier English GCSE, very friendly, a lovely person, a pleasure to see and to top it all excellent at what she does.
An excellent tutor. My daughter really connects well and is building confidence already. Would highly recommend. (English GCSE).
- Mrs Hall
Sharon is a very talented teacher. My progress in the last month has outstripped my previous attempts by a wide margin. The lessons have been interesting and fun, with just the right amount of knowledge to absorb. I would recommend Sharon to students of any level. (Adult learner of Spanish).
Sharon is an excellent tutor. She is professional and very reliable. Her approach to teaching languages is ideal not only for giving my daughter confidence but enhancing her A level French skills...
- Mr Voysey
Awesome teacher! Easy going and very down to earth. I have learnt so much already not just the language but also about the culture and history. Very interesting. Thank you. (Adult learner of Spanish)
Eden Church runs an ESOL programme aimed at displaced people groups who have fled conflict in their own countries. We have used the services of Linguatrust for the past 4 years in a consultancy capacity. I cannot recommend Sharon highly enough. Her knowledge around these issues is extensive and her support and advice timely, effective and appropriate. She has been a valuable source of advice when dealing with complex issues and has offered training opportunities and workshops to further enhance the knowledge and skills of staff. She has been, and continues to be, a valuable asset to our work.
- Janice Watts, ESOL Coordinator, Eden Church
I think 5 stars are unjustifiable and inadequate for describing the work of Sharon! Regardless of the warm nature of her character, she is an amazing professional who will guide you according to your personal needs and the nature of the task you ask her to assist you with. The fact she speaks many languages and has lived outside the UK gives her the skills and knowledge to teach you how to write and speak accordingly, and easily reach you to the level of a native speaker. I asked Sharon to assist me improving my English academic writing skills, for implementing my PhD thesis. Within a period of three months my writing skills were improved dramatically. Proof of this are the 30k words consisting one of my chapters, that i wrote within a month. No note here that i had zero writing skills, adding to this that I had to write not at my native language. Also, with her proof reading I managed to deliver an excellent chapter for the continuation of my thesis. There is not much to think regarding the quality of professionalism she delivers. Just email her for checking the validity of my words and have the chance to experience what I am describing.
An amazing teacher who starts the lesson with 'Buenos días' and goes on speaking in Spanish. I was shocked that my son who never spoke in confidence started speaking fluently. Sharon made my son so comfortable and confident that he started paying more attention to Spanish which he always thought he will never pass. He's got an excellent Spanish result in his GCSE's and thanks to Sharon, mum is thinking of taking classes too. :) Highly recommend her to everyone. Amazing lady with great personality and your kids/yourself I believe will succeed! Thank you Sharon !
Sharon is very friendly, patient and personable and great at understanding her students needs. I have studied with Sharon for 18 months and she tailors her lessons fantastically and encourages one to push themselves. I have gone from zero to conversing and it's also been fun and I look forward to each lesson. Look no further, Sharon is the one!!!!
- Scott T
Fabulous teacher. Sharon has been teaching my son GCSE French for almost a year now and he is making good progress. She's very patient and keeps him engaged through a variety of mediums. She provides him with lots of links for revision and further study and informs me of topics covered etc. I would definitely recommend her to others.
I have no hesitation in recommending Sharon, she has been a superb Spanish tutor for our daughter during the run up to her GCSE's. She is patient, kind, encouraging and professional, Alice has really enjoyed her weekly lesson which has maximised her understanding and learning of this language and this in turn has given her the confidence which has been so lacking. She mainly had one-to-one lessons but had an extra couple of on-lines too which work better than I had anticipated. Sharon genuinely cares about her students and should Alice be continuing with Spanish at A Level we would definitely continue with additional tutoring with her. I have already recommended Sharon to other friends and will continue to do so. A fantastic tutor. I dropped so lucky finding her!
As a mature person I was a little worried about learning a new language, especially as I found learning French at school very difficult. From the first lesson Sharon made me feel confident and Sharon’s teaching style puts me at ease, I’m so glad I made the decision to learn Spanish and would highly recommend Sharon to those looking for a tutor.
Sharon Baker is a very competent, pleasant ,knowledgeable and friendly tutor. She helped me to overcome my reticence to engage in conversation and I feel much more confident now. I would like to thank her for her patience and tolerance and I would whole heartedly recommend her to anyone wanting to improve their vocabulary and ability to communicate in Spanish.
- Catherine L
Sharon is such a patient teacher! I feel extremely comfortable and Sharon is very clear and encouraging. (Adult learner of French).
We’d like to say thank you for all that you’ve done in support of Sam in preparation for his GCSE. I know that he’s really enjoyed his Spanish with you and he achieved an 8!
- Mr Bennett
Many, many thanks for all the work you have done with Peter. He thoroughly enjoys the sessions with you and his confidence in English has improved hugely.
- Mrs Farley
Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her sessions with Sharon and clearly has benefitted enormously. She has made considerable progress and was able to approach her speaking exams with confidence thanks to Sharon’s help. I would thoroughly recommend her. Thank you Sharon.
- Mrs Barnet