I have been a French tutor for the last 4 years. I have taught all levels of French from preschool up to the university level. I have lived and spent time in France, Luxembourg, and Belgium. I passed the French PLACE exam in 2014. I spent the 2014-2015 year as an au pair and english/french tutor in Luxembourg. Teaching is my passion and what gives me fulfillment in life. I believe that learning a language is best done when a student has support from both their classroom environment and from an external language support. The more exposure to the language, the more successful the student will be. I believe that a patient and persistent approach is the best way to tackle learning a new language. I am an easy going and compassionate person and I use these traits to connect to students and to help them.
When I am not teaching and tutoring at the international school here in Denver, you can find me fly fishing, hiking, doing a bit of yoga, cooking French food, or just lounging in a park with one of my favorite books.
University of Northern Colorado - Bachelors, French
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that it is a teacher's job to instill passion into their subject and therefore inspire their students. I believe that patience, compassion, and understanding from a teacher will allow the student to excel and succeed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First sessions are a chance for me to get to know you and find out what your hopes, goals, and expectations are. I believe that this time is about you and what you need from me. I want to be as prepared as possible to help you in the ways that will lead to success and comprehension.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It's a gradual process, really. In the beginning, I guide them through the material and present them with options as to how they can achieve comprehension. As time goes on, the student is able to take those tools and resources that I offered them and use them as they see fit.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think relating to my students is one of my biggest strengths. If you aren't motivated, I want to know why, and I'd like to work through that with you. But I think check-ins and words of encouragement have proven to be successful in keeping students engaged and motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'm not afraid to spend a whole session on a concept/skill that a student is having trouble with. I believe that you cannot keep doing the same thing, but expect different results. If a student is having difficulties understanding using one method, I'll try another, and another, and another, until we have found just how it seems to make sense to them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Walk through the reading with them. Take it one sentence at a time, then a few more, and a few more. Reading comprehension is huge when learning a language, and I understand the struggle it can be. I will do my best to make the reading pertinent and relatable.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think that when a student has the resources, they are able to find out in what way they learn best. I will work with my students to decide what kind of approach they need to take. These tutoring sessions are about the student, not me.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The beauty of learning a language is that you can make it relate to ANYTHING in your life. Sometimes students don't see the need to learn French or see how it is applicable. But no matter what you are interested in, it can be related back to the French language. Sports, cooking, fashion, outdoor activities, art, music, and literally anything else can be related back to the French language. If it exists in your world, it exists in the French speaking world.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I think checking for comprehension as we work through the material is most effective. Just one big check at the end doesn't work for most people. Keeping the student engaged as we work through it has proven to be successful.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encouragement and praise are such wonderful teaching tools that I love to use. Students will not do well or want to succeed if they feel inadequate. It is my job to recognize the victories, big or small.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I communicate with them. I want to know what they think they're struggling with or what they're excelling in. And then I will corroborate that information with their past performance. Once I have evaluated that information, I will present my findings to the student, and we can talk about how/where we want to go from there.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student is different, there is no "one size fits all" type of education. I learn differently from you, and you learn differently from the next person. I don't expect for something that worked incredibly well with someone else to necessarily work spectacularly for you. I am not stubborn in my teaching methods; I believe that adapting to the student's individual needs are what make for successful learners.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The beautiful thing about teaching French is that I have a multitude of material that is presented in so many different ways. If you want to learn out of books, work books, social media, music, online resources and activities...I can help.