Since 1989, I have taught and tutored using “French In Action”, “Le Français des Affaires”, “Sans Frontières”, “Bleu”, “Blanc”, “Rouge”, “Allez viens!” and many other online French teaching methods. I have translated and interpreted (consecutive) on numerous occasions for major international companies. I received all my formal education in Paris, France at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers and the Faculté des Sciences in Paris France. I enjoy teaching and tutoring American students and many of my students have traveled to French speaking countries where they are using their French instead of English.
What is your teaching philosophy?
The teacher will come when the student is ready. I will be available to encourage the student's abilities to learn and discover the opportunities expanded with French communication.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Test the student's ability with the French language.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will direct the student to the many language resources available.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will point out the progress already attained and the new doors opening to the student.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will patiently explain the method for learning a language and clarify the difficulty blocking the student's progress.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will increase the vocabulary learned so far.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Making the session fun and interesting for the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I will show him/her the new possibilities offered with understanding and speaking French.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will assess regularly the progress made and explain the difficulties encountered by the student.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I will compliment the student about the progress he/she has made so far.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking the student if I met the expectation of the class.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will tailor my teaching method to the learning ability (audio, visual, etc.) of the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The lesson plan will include text, audio, and Internet resources.