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Alice

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Bonjour,

I am a native French speaker, passionate about languages and looking forward sharing this with you and helping you and coach you to reach your goals in this beautiful language.

Graduated in English and Spanish Civilization, Translation and Interpretation and Methods to teach French as a Foreign Language, I have been living in Miami for 3 years now and being trilingual is a daily skill. I understand how the brain switches from one language to another and the challenges an English or Spanish native speaker might face when learning French. I can also tutor you in Spanish.

As a recognized educator in the cosmetics industry as well, I have trained every age, every personality and developed a great ability to adapt to any student. As a student in high-school, I always found the classes lacked the interactivity, the conversational and cultural aspect, which I believe are essential to have a perfect knowledge of a language.

Choose a tutor that will immerse you in the French culture, while making sure you are acquiring a good command of the linguistic modalities.

A trs bientt!

Alice’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: UPEC - Paris 12 - Associates, Languages English/Spanish, French as a Foreign Language

Hobbies

Languages, dance, piano playing, yoga

Tutoring Subjects

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

Languages

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Everyone learns differently, I make sure to adapt to the way the student retains better the information. Theory and lecture is essential, and has to be balanced with interactive moments. Every question is interesting. We will follow your pace and your goal.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Giving the student tools to be used on their free time that do not feel like homework but will allow him to build his confidence and command of the language (phone apps, movies, songs, etc...).

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It can be hard sometimes to stay motivated. Performing regular evaluations is great for the student to realize the progress accomplished since they started. Having a reward system can help. Sometimes a specific topic or method does not work on a specific day. It's important to be comfortable switching to another topic or method to keep the student motivated.

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

It's all about practicing and not giving up. I will do my best to understand why this concept is not taking to be able to tackle this challenge. There are different methods available to teach the same subject, so explore these. Sometimes, a simple 5mn break is enough to come back fresh and open-minded.

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

In a first session with a student, I would make sure I understand their motivations and expectations, as well as evaluate the level and strengths and challenges he is facing with the subject, and try to get to know the student better.

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

I would work the text sentence by sentence. Check what is making him struggle, words, expressions, syntax... and take advantage of this challenge into a learning opportunity. I would give tricks as well to understand a text without understanding every single word.

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

Maintain a healthy communication at all times to make sure the student's motivations and expectations are still met. Doing a test and correcting it together empowers the student and make him realize more easily where are his strengths and challenges. Keep tracking the progresses and congratulate. Find a balance between theory and practice, conversational and interactivity.

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

Allow them to use different resources to find the solution. Take a break and come back to the topic with a fresh mind.

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

Having the student reformulate. Ask questions before the end of the session, and quiz on this material on the next session.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would check with the student first what for his expectation and goal from tutoring, and ask for a self-evaluation and what he thinks he needs support with. Then I would proceed to an evaluation, test, quiz, or conversation to assess the strengths and challenges.

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

It's important to adapt to the level of the student and the goal they wish to accomplish. Everyone learns differently; some people are visual, and others are auditory, so I adapt to that as well.

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

The materials that the student already has would be the base to work with since it is what they were given to study. I would use videos or songs to immerse the student in the culture and stimulate the hearing comprehension, and provide extra materials that I think would be relevant. The online platform is a great tool as well.

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

Practicing as much as we can until they feel perfectly comfortable. A test is great for the student to see the progress accomplished and build the confidence.