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Andree

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Learning languages means being opened about various cultures and people!

Are you ready to learn standard French, or French Canadian, and/or ESL? Here I am for you with 16 years of valuable experience as a certified teacher, teaching French, ESL, and Technology.

As an enthusiastic and pedagogical individual who constantly enjoys to enlarge its cultural and strong computer skills and who can easily adapt, my main objective is to teach you my native language, French and/or ESL, knowing that my education, teaching certification, as well as my 16 years of experience teaching various subjects would certainly be beneficial into your learning!

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Andree’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Saginaw Valley State University - Bachelors, French

Hobbies

Learning and taking classes as a group and individually, learning about cultures, being active when it is possible.

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

Adult ESL/ELL

CLEP Prep

CLEP French

Conversational French

English

ESL/ELL

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

Languages

Microsoft Office

Other

PC Basic Computer Skills

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching style is very dynamic and I like to use "immersion" whenever it is possible. I like to make sure students are interested in what they are learning and like to use real life situations to help them understand when they are learning French and/or English as a Second Language (ESL). Finally, having had the opportunity to live and/or travel in various places around the world one been so beneficial and makes it so easy, thanks to God, to share the cultural aspect of the language with my students. Again, thanks to God for making it possible!

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

During the first session, it is important to know what the student already knows, so a proficiency test might be needed. If the student does not know the targeted language at all, then, I may start with greetings and have fun while integrating the alphabet.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Having students setting goals is a very good way to help students become independent learners. Another way is to do dictations (teacher says a word or sentence and student writes what he/she hears). After dictation is done, corrections are done independently by showing the correct sentences. From that, the student is asked to write the mistakes 5 or 10 times. This is done independently and it becomes even more beneficial if the student can say the words as he/she writes them.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

An excellent way to help a student stay motivated is by being positive and by congratulating him/her for every time he/she is saying, writing, reading, and/or pronouncing the words or the answers correctly.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Re-teach by using another method, by explaining differently, and/or by using real life examples.

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

I like to ask the student to read out loud, starting with a small section, which could be a word or a small sentence. Then, I ask the student questions related to what he/she just read. If the student still does not understand the reading, I break down the sentence with words he/she can recognize.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

When teaching a foreign language, I like to start with total immersion mixed with gestures, then I start adding some English if needed or more if necessary. Students usually like this method.

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

In order to you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in, it is important to make it fun for him/her, use visuals, give fun projects related to what the student is learning, use real life situations, use interactive methods of learning, etc.

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

Verify the learning is essential; this can be done by asking questions, doing a warm up, giving assignments, and quizzes/tests.

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

By encouraging him/her and by continually telling the student when he/she answers correctly or does something good. Another way is also to reminding the student how he/she has progressed since the beginning, by showing previous examples of what was done.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

An excellent way to evaluate a student's need is by giving him/her a placement test.

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

I like to adapt my tutoring time to the student's needs by giving him/her a placement test. Once the weak and strong areas are identified, I can prepare my lesson towards what needs to be taught. I try to make sure my lessons meet all learning styles and are individual to the student's needs.

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

I like to use technology, which can be used is so many ways during a tutoring session. I also feel very confident in using the textbooks that students may already have, as well as my own if the student does not have any. This also means printing the material for the student, if needed.