Learning to speak French from a native born in Paris is always better, but from my point of view, it is not enough. My teaching approach is holistic, and will immerse you through a "contextualization process" adapted to your need. What do you want to do? Going on a business trip, for holidays, a few weeks, a few months or more? Study or work abroad? Or simply for the pleasure to learn this wonderful language. Whatever your need is and beyond the basics which will help you to communicate, I will also help you to understand the French way of life, the people themselves. Learn the culture, history, traditions, typical French behavior, social expectations, "Savoir-vivre", food, wine, and more. I have applied this amazing one-on-one methodology in foreign countries like Africa, United States and Brazil for years now with great success, and will be very happy to share the love of my wonderful country with you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Lycee Jules Ferry (France) - Bachelors, Arts
Graduate Degree: Universite Paris 8 - Masters, Applied arts - Art history -
Applied Arts. Books. History. Writing. Sociology. Psychology.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Focusing on a larger picture than the basic academic one by enlarging the spectrum of comprehension and assimilation beyond the language itself, through a holistic "cultural contextualization process."
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself and my methodology. Evaluation and determination of the student need. Elaboration of an adapted project regardless of her/his final objective.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Beyond the necessary academics, attract her/his personal interest for the language itself as a vector of the culture and the tradition related to it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Maintain constant virtual responsive contact, if needed, thanks to the Internet. Offer her/him challenges based on fun, and destined to improve her/his self-satisfaction.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try other ways to introduce it; use other approaches more appropriated until assimilation.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I make a decomposed analysis of the problematic area to identify its roots. Then I work with the student to solve it step by step.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Set a trusting relationship by listening and understanding her/his real need and objective. Then adapt the tutoring to it, with all due respect of her/his personality and capacity to learn something new.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Go step by step. Use innovative solutions adapted to her/his need. Look for the best way to motivate her/him by creating self-esteem incentives and rewards. Highlight any progress, even the less significant ones, for giving her/him hope and confidence.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Establish a trusting and non-judgmental relationship with her/him to optimize a totally open communication between us, and for avoiding evasion or loss of confidence.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By following her/his own path and motivation, respecting her/his real objective, and adapting the tutoring and necessary academics to it. Keep and share with the student an updated board of the progress realized over time for increasing the self-stimulation process, and maintain their confidence at the highest level possible.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Understand and analyze her/his personal objective through a preliminary conversation. Evaluate the student capacity to reach it in time through the most efficient way possible.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By listening to them carefully. Have them understand and define their goal within themselves. Then, suggest a methodology and a timeline with milestones for their agreement. Increase the necessary "team" factor between a student and his tutor.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Since it is supposed to be adapted to their need as individual, the material, notably academic, could be introduced under different forms, as long as it follows the program as established. However, beyond the common paper documents, like lessons, exercises sheets, magazines, and so on, I tend to use more and more digital elements and/or Internet tools. This gives the students an adapted flexibility and a capacity to exchange, and to stay in contact if needed beyond the tutoring hours. However, I will add that this digital process is managed very strictly and framed by clear limits determined from the beginning.