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I studied French Literature and French as a Second Language at the University of Paris III (the Sorbonne Nouvelle), France, where I obtained a Master's degree in Comparative Literature. I also regularly work as a translator. I have been teaching languages for the past 30 years. I have taught French in multiple settings, and while I usually teach at the college level, I enjoy working with students of any level and any age. I teach French, English as a Second Language, Italian, and other subjects. In my spare time I love to read, watch movies and hike.

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Lena’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France - Bachelors, Teaching French as a Second Language

Graduate Degree: Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France - Masters, French Literature/Comparative Literature


read, watch movies, hike

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Conversational French

Conversational Italian

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Writing




French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

High School English

High School Writing




Middle School Writing

Q & A

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

Go back and review basics, and show the student that once you understand parts of it, you can put the parts together and understand the whole piece.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

By linking that subject to another subject that the student likes.

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

I would have the student solve problems.

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

By making the student understand that, once you plan and set a goal, you can achieve what you want.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Once you determine how the student learns, you can use drills and methods that fit the student's learning style.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Everything that is relevant. Articles, photos, music, short videos, paper and pencil, and various objects.

What is your teaching philosophy?

We are all learners.

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