Since 1989, I have taught and tutored using “French In Action”, “Le Français des Affaires”, “Sans Frontières”, “Bleu”, “Blanc”, “Rouge”, “Allez viens!” and many other online French teaching methods. I have translated and interpreted (consecutive) on numerous occasions for major international companies. I received all my formal education in Paris, France at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers and the Faculté des Sciences in Paris France. I enjoy teaching and tutoring American students and many of my students have traveled to French speaking countries where they are using their French instead of English.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The teacher will come when the student is ready. I will be available to encourage the student's abilities to learn and discover the opportunities expanded with French communication.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Test the student's ability with the French language.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will direct the student to the many language resources available.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will point out the progress already attained and the new doors opening to the student.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will patiently explain the method for learning a language and clarify the difficulty blocking the student's progress.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will increase the vocabulary learned so far.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Making the session fun and interesting for the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I will show him/her the new possibilities offered with understanding and speaking French.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will assess regularly the progress made and explain the difficulties encountered by the student.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I will compliment the student about the progress he/she has made so far.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking the student if I met the expectation of the class.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will tailor my teaching method to the learning ability (audio, visual, etc.) of the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The lesson plan will include text, audio, and Internet resources.