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Eric

I recently graduated summa cum laude from Hobart College with degrees in French and Francophone Studies and European Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies. I have three years of experience tutoring French students of all levels at Hobart and William Smith Colleges between 2014 and 2016.

Although I am not a native French speaker, I believe that I am better equipped to teach the language since I have gone through the learning process myself.

I am approachable, patient, and flexible and I believe it is a joy to teach.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Hobart William Smith Colleges - Bachelors, French & Francophone Studies, European Studies

I enjoy hiking and the outdoors and I am passionate about the environment. I am also an avid reader.

AP French

Conversational French

French 1

SAT Subject Test in French

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Having studied French in high school and college, I am familiar with many invaluable online resources which students can consult to reference grammar concepts or better understand the exact meaning and pronunciation of words.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Successful reading comprehension relies on a solid understanding of both grammar and vocabulary. French grammar can be quite nuanced, and students often need a capable teacher to guide them through its intricacies. Vocabulary, on the other hand, is best memorized through repetition. Creating flashcards to study outside of the classroom or tutor session is always beneficial.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

After teaching students the material I always offer them follow-up questions or problems so they can demonstrate their understanding.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

When first learning to speak French, many students are nervous about trying to emulate an authentic accent. It is probably impossible for a student to avoid sounding strange the first time they really attempt to pronounce the French 'R'. I encourage students to accept that they will sound strange at first and embrace it; it is the sign of genuine effort!