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I am a passionate audiophile with a very eclectic music taste, with a concentration in classical music. I grew up in Normandie, France and also in Code d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). I have resided in France, the UK, Germany and in the USA since 1996. I have worked in sales management most of my career.

I am now a dual French/USA citizen. I enjoy French culture very much and love to share that passion with others.

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Francois’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Pacific Lutheran University - Bachelors, Business

Graduate Degree: Ecole de Commerce, Le Havre, France - Masters, Business


Music (many genres), travel, world affairs, food & wine, audio.

Tutoring Subjects

Conversational French


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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?


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

Get to know the person, their passions, and their objectives in working with a French tutor.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Providing fun assignments.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Engage in interesting conversations about his/her areas of interests.

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

Provide multiple examples.

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

Getting to know them, their areas of interests, and their objectives in hiring a tutor.

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

Try to relate the subject to something they like or can relate to.

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

Illustrate with concrete examples, related if possible to the student's interests.

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

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Asking questions, in writing or verbally.

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

By asking him/her questions.

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

It depends. French children books for basic levels, more advanced ones otherwise. Songs or podcasts from French radio stations.

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