I have a BA in "Human Resources Management" from Quebec, Canada, and I have been in the education field for more than ten years. French and Arabic are my main languages and I have had the opportunity to work in Tunisia, France, Quebec, Canada and in USA. My experiences and my background provided me a close understanding and sensitivity to different cultures, values, and different habits. I am really thankful to have the opportunity to live in many different countries where I have gained my languages skills.
I am a member of a large international family. Following my birth in Tunisia, I moved with my some of my family members to Europe, then to Quebec, Canada, and now here in the States. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from the University in Tunisia and continued my educational studies in Quebec with a master degree in "Industrial relationship and labor work." Upon my arrive to the United States, I attended Florida State College to pursue a degree in childhood education and complete a certification for childcare provider.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy of teaching is to make learning fun and a result of a lot of practices. I truly believe that culture and language correlate, and I always add a cultural overview to my classes. I love working with students of all ages and helping them discover new worlds and cultures through foreign language learning!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will introduce myself and ask the student to tell me a little about himself and his needs to learn the language. Then, I will adjust my teaching style to his needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help my student to become an independent learner by giving him learning tools to be able to find the solution himself or at least have a better understanding of the language.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I keep my students motivated by making learning fun and progressive.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If one of my students has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I will try different ways of learning and different resources.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will recommend to the students who are struggling with reading comprehension to listen to native speakers and get familiar with different vocabularies and terminology. I will also recommend some reading classes for more practice.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
What I find most successful when I start to work with students is to start with a simple question to check whether the student has any questions and/or wants to know anything in particular. After answering the student's questions, I inform them about the different elements of my lesson plan for that day.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
If I have a student who is struggling with the subject, I will chose the materials that explain step by step. I also incorporate some visual materials and a lot of practices.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I always ask the student for his/her feedback about the speed, material, and the style I am using. Most of the time, I have an alternative or a couple of resources when I teach to adjust the class level if needed.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student's confidence will be the automatic result of continual progress. After each class, I make sure that my student has learned new things. Before I begin my class, I review the last one and check to see if my student has any questions or wants to review any subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate my student's needs by asking questions and by giving some exercises to be able to evaluate their strengths and weakness.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I evaluate my student's progress by giving some exercises that allow me to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Then, I adapt my tutoring style to my student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
If the student prefers to use his/her own material, that will be my first choice. I also use my previous lesson plans, books of different levels, online library, and my personal notes and materials.