Hi! I'm Sabine, I'm 24 years old and my passion is the French language. I majored in French in university and graduated with my BA in French, studied abroad in the south of France for a year and then was a nanny in Paris for 8 months after I graduated, from August 2015-April 2016. I'm excited to start lessons with you!
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is focused on learning in the most amusing and comprehensible style possible. Being in classes and listening to professors lecturing all day is difficult enough, a tutoring lesson at the end of the school day is something someone doesn't usually look forward to. Not with me! With me, you will learn and laugh at the same time. We will play games, engage in fun oral & written activities, watch and listen to videos, use apps on our phones, etc. in order to make the learning experience an interesting one.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by showing them my techniques that I've used throughout the years, to become an independent learner myself. I have very useful advice and strategies that I will share with my students. These strategies will help them learn quickly and efficiently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I can share stories with my students on my background of learning French. These stories may motivate them to continue with their study of French by impressing them and proving to them how one can learn from the bottom up. I will show my students what can come out of being bilingual and all of the opportunities that await them. It will excite and motivate them to continue.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has a difficulty, we will work even harder and more diligently than we already are. Difficulties do not prove defeat, they come with learning a language. I saw many difficulties in learning French, however with hard work comes success. I would support my student, give them more activities and helpful websites to work off of. I will prepare special reference sheets before a session to give to my students as help during the times they will be working independently on their homework. I will give my students special advice on how to overcome the difficulty they are facing.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by giving them special tips, including read the text phrase by phrase and tell yourself what the gist of the phrase is saying. You do not need to understand every single word of the text in order to understand the overall subject. Do not waste time by looking up every word that you do not recognize. The more you read, the more your vocabulary will broaden. Try reading French books in your free time, they do not have to be novels, try even children's books if you're a beginner. When you watch TV and movies, put subtitles in French to learn new words.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies that I find most successful when working with a new student are to balance out different teaching methods during the lessons. It's not interesting to only work on worksheets or read paragraphs from a textbook. It's not efficient to only play games the entire lesson. I make sure to engage the student in different methods and activities throughout the lesson. We would start off with a little conversation to see how well they can follow and respond. From there, we would play a few games to warm up and not dive head first into difficult material as to not overwhelm them. Then, we could work on any material they need to get done. We would do some reading and listening exercises, phonetics and pronunciation, and comprehension. We would throw in a few more games as the lesson progresses on. We can take breaks and I can give them tidbits about fun ways to study and learn on a daily basis in order to improve.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited by showing them the amusing and interesting side of being bilingual. I could show them different genres of music in that language that I like, teach them about the slang and different accents in the different regions of France. I could show them videos from my times in France and show them how knowing French helped me and made my time abroad even better.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To be sure that a student understands the material, I would do a mini test at the end of each subject or we would go online and test their knowledge of the subject we just covered in the lesson. If they do not prove to have mastered or understood the subject, I will take a different approach to explain it to them so that they understand.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I started studying French with 0 background and knowledge of the language. If I can go from knowing nothing to being fluent, that story may wow my students and they will become more confident in learning it. Success stories always help a student get motivated and build confidence in themselves if they can relate.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by first having a conversation with them to see how they can converse, respond, their timing on responses, and their proper use of grammar/vocabulary. I can have them read a text to determine their ability on pronunciation and linguistics. I can have them listen to an audio clip or watch a video and ask them questions about it to determine their listening comprehension. I can have them read a text and ask them questions to determine their reading comprehension skills. It is necessary to do each and every one of these tests to determine a student's needs, because some students are very advanced with the grammar in a written essay, however when it comes to communicating verbally, they struggle. Or, they can converse perfectly, however their written skills need improvement.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The lessons will be completely and 100% based on the student's needs. If a student solely needs oral practice, we will sit and have conversations, we will spend the lesson mostly talking and less time doing written exercises.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I believe that all materials are useful. Textbooks, worksheets, children's books, novels, poetry books, songs, videos, clips from movies, audio clips, online quizzes, games, apps, physical objects, dry erase boards, etc.