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I am a native French speaker from Paris, France. I love to share my knowledge and experience of the French language and culture. I have taught and tutored children and adults from introduction to French to more advanced levels and can help you improve your AP Test scores. I have also helped adults prepare themselves for trips to French speaking countries.
I believe that communication starts with the correct pronunciation in order to understand and be understood. Therefore I make a point of teaching my students how to correctly pronounce words which can be somewhat difficult for Anglophones. I also emphasize on teaching the language and culture using authentic sources to gain a fuller understanding and appreciation of the various French-speaking countries in the world. When I don't travel to France, I rely on various media to stay in touch with the French culture and current events.
I am patient and resourceful and would like to help you succeed!

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Valerie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelors, Production and Sales / Certified Financial Analyst (1995)


Reading, traveling, playing piano, sailing, yoga

Tutoring Subjects

AP French

Conversational French


French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to engage students and accommodate different learning styles to create an atmosphere conducive to learning.

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

I would give some background information about myself to make sure the student feels comfortable. Then I would assess the student's needs and strengths and work out a course work.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I engage the student into finding answers himself, provide praise and encouragement, give him/her choices in assignments and/or topics, and help him/her identify learning resources he/she can use to increase his/her self-confidence.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will make attainable goals to create success, know my student's interests, make it fun, and give feedback and praise to the student.

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

I would first identify what they know or don't know and go back to basics or try a different approach.

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

I tell my students to focus on the French vocabulary they understand, read out loud and visualize, and then I give the students key questions to ask themselves.

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

I assess the level and knowledge of my students.

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