Born and raised in a French speaking country by an English mother and a french father both of which enjoyed teaching. I have also been between two languages and enjoyed helping people improve in their language learning. I have a bachelor degree in English and Master's degree in American literature. I am currently enrolled in University of Nebraska at Omaha where I am still working on my Master's degree in Language Teaching.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Lome, TOGO - Bachelors, American Literature
Graduate Degree: University of Nebraska at Omaha - Current Grad Student, Masters of Arts and Language teaching
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Making learning fun and enjoyable.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I will get to know him/her and find out what kinds of difficulties he or she might be having with the subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Provide the students with the right tools, meaning the grammar rules, vocabulary, and so on, so that he/she can be an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Making learning fun with activities and games.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find a fun way to make the student understand the skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Find a fun way to explain the text and guide the student step by step to understand it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Befriend the student so that he/she can open up to you whenever there are difficulties.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find some interesting activities or games that will motivate the student to want to learn.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask a few comprehensive questions about the material and find some appropriate activities.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Give him/her the right tools - The right rules that will guide that student to be confident.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I can evaluate the student through conversation, or make him/her take a little test about the subject in question, and from there see the problems that need to be worked on.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Through the student's evaluation, I can detect his/her needs and, from there, I can go from known to unknown.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use grammar and vocabulary books, the dictionary, flashcards depending on the level of the student, and their textbook.