If you need quality French tutoring, Varsity Tutors is here to set you up with exceptional French learning opportunities. Working with French tutors gives you the opportunity to participate in a unique instructional experience and allows you to be in a focused one-on-one learning environment with a teacher who is an expert in the language.
The French language is used by more than 300 million people on five different continents. It is one of the more commonly spoken languages in the world today and boasts about 75 million native speakers. It is also the only language along with English that is taught in every country in the world. Studying French has many practical uses and is one of the most widely studied languages in schools across the United States. Students of all ages can benefit from learning French. Whether you're in high school or college studying French for a course or an individual learning the language for fun or career purposes, working with knowledgeable French instructors can be an amazing resource.
As technology causes communication around the world to increase, it is more relevant than ever to be able to speak other languages. Speaking French can provide many different benefits, including the opportunity for new business and cultural experiences you may not have previously had access to. If you are a professional hoping to advance your career, many large organizations are looking for candidates who are bilingual. These types of career possibilities are not only rewarding in a monetary manner but can also provide you with rich cultural experiences.
Another excellent reason to learn French is if you are planning on traveling to one of the various countries that designate French as a first or second language. Having even a basic comprehension of the language can vastly enhance your travel experiences. No matter what your reasons for learning French are, working with an instructor who is an expert in the language and knows how to properly convey this material can be an excellent tool in working towards fluency.
To learn more about the benefits you can gain from working with a skilled French tutor, please continue reading.
What content or skills can I review with a French tutor?
No matter what level you're starting at, certain concepts and fundamentals are important to learn and review. The French language is built around certain principles that you must learn and retain in order to make progress towards becoming fluent. Even if you're a beginner just starting out and a French class, you will need to be able to grasp the concepts of basic verbs and how to conjugate them as well as proper pronunciation of words. French tutoring sessions can help you to build these basics so you have a good foundation and the language as you progress.
There are six fundamental skills for students trying to learn any language and French is no exception. These skills are the ability to speak, listen, read, write, pronounce, and memorize the language. Your French instructor can assist you with all of improving your capacity to do all these tasks.
When you speak French, the object is to train yourself to think in the language. You want to try to get to the point where you are not translating French in your mind from English. Your instructor can help you with this by creating an immersive environment during your lessons where you are required to only speak French.
To practice your listening skills, you also want to work on understanding the language without having to translate. It would be very difficult to have a conversation with a native French speaker if you have to stand there and figure out each word in a sentence in the middle of a conversation. To work on this, your instructor can have you watch a movie in French with French subtitles or listen to a French audiobook while following along with the actual book.
You'll also need to work on your reading skills. Reading can be a little more difficult since you are more likely to come across vocabulary you are unfamiliar with. By practicing reading, you can work on understanding unfamiliar words using the context of the words around them. This is a skill used in English every day. Your private instructor can suggest different ways to practice this, such as setting your electronic devices to display only in French or changing the display language on your social media accounts. Since you probably use these items every day, this will expose you to new French vocabulary daily.
Writing in French can be equally challenging because it requires you to have a solid grasp on the spelling and structure of the language. This is a skill you'll want to practice regularly. Your instructor can provide you with guided practice activities and give feedback about ways to improve your spelling and grammar skills.
To assist you in practicing pronunciation, your instructor can have you practice singing along with songs or working on conversational skills together. Pronunciation is a separate skill from speaking. Pronunciation is the physical aspect of speech and speaking is the mental aspect of translating thoughts into words.
Another skill is memorization, and it is a significant part of learning any unfamiliar language. If you haven't memorized vocabulary, grammar rules, verb conjugation rules, and other French conventions, it would be impossible to speak, listen, write, or read the language. Your instructor can help you with various mnemonic devices or can help you practice with flashcards so you can memorize vocabulary.
You will need to consistently practice these skills in order to become fluent in French.
How is French tutoring different than learning French in other educational settings?
One of the biggest benefits of French tutoring sessions is the ability to receive instruction on the specific topics and skills you need most help understanding. For example, if you are struggling with verb conjugation, a French instructor can spend as much time as required going over the skills in order for you to understand it more thoroughly. With private instruction, you have the opportunity to set goals and material for each lesson with your instructor.
Another benefit of private instruction is the opportunity to work at a pace that works best for you. In traditional classroom environments, the teacher must move at a specific speed and move on after a certain amount of time. This can be a disadvantage for students who work at a different pace than the average learner in that classroom. With French instructional sessions, if you need to spend extra time working on a particular skill, your instructor can make sure to slow down your sessions to allow you to get a better understanding of the specific skill. For example, if you're having a hard time with past conditionals, you can use as many study sessions as needed to understand and master this concept. Alternately, if you already have mastered a topic you can move onto working on new material in which you need more improvement. As an example, if you have already mastered the concept of gendered nouns and how to make sure adjectives agree in gender and number, you don't need to spend any of your study sessions reviewing this concept. This will cause your French instructional time to be more productive and useful.
Your instructor also has the opportunity to create a customized approach to teaching. This is because he or she has the ability to determine your personal learning method. When your instructor keeps your preferred learning style in mind, he or she can deliver lessons in a manner that makes more sense to you.
Another reason to consider French tutoring is the possibility for a flexible study schedule. Since we provide the opportunity to meet with your instructor either online or in person, you and your teacher can meet at a time that works best for your established schedule. With the online option, you can access your sessions on our Live Learning Platform. This allows you to receive face-to-face private instruction in your favorite place to study as long as you have access to a computer and wifi. When you decide to meet your instructor in person, you will be able to choose the time and location of your study sessions. French lessons can take place in the comfort of your home, at the public library, or in your favorite cafe. No matter which option you select, our goal is to make private instruction simple and easy for you to access.
How do I sign up to work with exceptional French tutors?
If you are ready to take your French language skills to the next level with highly knowledgeable French tutors, all you need to do is contact Varsity Tutors. One of our educational consultants will take the time to answer any questions you may have and help get you signed up to work with an instructor who suits both your instructional and scheduling needs. Call Varsity Tutors today and get yourself connected to a top-notch French tutor.