I am a graduate of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where I earned a Ph.D. degree in French. Prior to that, I attended two other universities in two different countries, namely University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria (where I obtained a B.A. (First Class Honors) in French and M.A. in French Translation), and Université de Caen, Normandie, France (where I earned a Diplôme d’Études Françaises (D.E.F.)). I have gained a vast experience teaching at both secondary and tertiary levels of education, having worked as lecturer in French at universities and community colleges on both the East and West Coasts of the United States. For the past eleven years, I have taught French and English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) at several high schools in Southern California. I provide effective tutoring in the areas of French, E.S.L., and writing. I gained tutoring experience by offering French lessons to children of professors during my graduate student days, and providing private lessons to medical and military personnel preparing for missions abroad. I have lived and worked in several culturally diverse settings around the world. I have a personal commitment to life-long learning and excellence in education. Such commitment inspired me to pursue and obtain a Ph.D. in French. One of my happiest moments is seeing the students’ faces glowing with the joy of success after we have worked so hard preparing for the state testing.
I employ strategies that appeal to the students’ auditory, visual, and tactile/kinesthetic skills. I make use of visuals and audio-visuals, simplified inputs, guided practice, hands-on manipulatives, and authentic cultural material to make the language real to the students. I incorporate the latest advances in instructional technology in my teaching and tutoring for optimum result with an ultimate aim to help equip the students with the skill-set necessary for the 21st century global economy. In my spare time, I enjoy soccer kicks at the park with my two sons or going to take pictures of the sunset at the beach.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria - Bachelors, French
Graduate Degree: Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada - Doctor of Philosophy, French
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