I would like to be your new French Language Tutor, but first a bit about me. I received my undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech in Management and in French, and I am currently in my 3rd year of graduate school at the University of New Mexico pursuing an MA in Secondary Education in order that I may teach high school level French. I have studied the French language since I was 13 and have accumulated over 1,500 hours of classroom instruction in the United States and in France. Along this journey I have lived in France on 6 separate occasions and studied French at 3 different universities there totaling a little over 2 years of living in the country. Besides an extensive study of the language and French history and culture, I have instructed in Albuquerque Public Schools and at UNM. I have tutored several young and mature adults, and have as well have been tutored myself extensively in French and in the Chinese language. My professional goal and purpose is to teach and pass on what I know about the French language to others using techniques and approaches that really worked for me along the way to language learning. I am fun to work with and have an endless amount of resources to pull from to work with your specific ability as I have kept ever single notebook, textbook, and resource given to me since the first day I started to study the language. I would like to know your goals and reasons for studying French, and accordingly help you accomplish what you would like and hope to achieve; whether it be for school, business, travel, relations or just simple pleasure. I am patient and caring in my tutoring style and use a lot of mnemonics, sound, media, imagery, and lexicon in my approach to learning. Outside of teaching I am an accomplished musician and watercolor artist, enjoy exercising and traveling often. To date I have voyaged to over 20 countries and 4 continents and speak at various levels 4 languages of which English is maternal, and in French I hold a French DALF level C1 diplôme, which is the 5th/6 highest level of recognition in European Union standards for language ability judged in 4 categories: Written Expression, Reading Comprehension, Oral Comprehension & Oral Production. Whereas I have yet to obtain my Masters, I have already successfully passed the New Mexico State Teachers exam for French language proficiency. Not sure what else to say, but if you’re up for quickly and accurately improving your French language abilities with a genuine non-American French accent and in all the afore-mentioned categories then I am the tutor for you. I am willing to travel to your home for instruction or gladly meet up at the UNM Zimmerman Library where we can find endless quiet spaces, and also access to a large amount of additional littérature and learning materials. Please look me up! Je suis prête à vous aider avec vos besoins et souhaites dans la langue française.
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus - Bachelors, Management
University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Masters, Secondary Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
To caringly pass on acquired knowledge and wisdom in a patient manner.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Discuss mutual backgrounds, educational goals, and conduct an assessment of the student's interest and abilities.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Model for them how I succeed in learning, and go about building upon one's skill set.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By using constructive criticism and frequent rewards.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Back up and find the point where the student began to become confused or struggled, and re-approach again and slowly.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Teach them how to make magnet cards on 3x5 notecards, which are designed to help students extract key words out of paragraphs to form comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Build their confidence level by starting with simple concepts and exercises that they can readily master.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By demonstrating the variety of ways the learned skill can be useful.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Frequent formative assessment.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By frequently re-visiting the areas of learning that they have mastered.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By having frequent discussion with them to determine the needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Pull from my resources of the various different learning styles that I have discovered or learned myself.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Flashcards, workbooks, imagery, sound.