My tutoring journey begins with my own education story, and it is inspired by all of the wonderful teachers I have known.
When I began studying French, I knew that I wanted to spend my life educating others about French culture, thought, current events, and of course the language. I devoted four years to study before I moved to France in 2013. For the next three years, I lived in various parts of France while teaching English in private and classroom settings.
The greatest joy in language education is communication. I interacted with my students in multiple languages and we had the opportunity to explore different worlds just by talking. I learned equally as much from my students about French society as they did from me.
Now that I am back in the United States, I am eager to share and spread the joys of French. I love the challenge of adapting my teaching style to each student - but I am a firm believer that education can be, and is, fun! I use every method available to me to help make French interesting for you - movies, music, youtube stars, literature, comics...the list goes on. To understand the more difficult concepts, especially for French grammar, I have invented several games that help make sense of what a textbook may try to say.
In addition to French, I have taught high school Latin, and I hold a Master's degree in comparative literature. I am passionate about early 20th century European literature, especially poetry. My academic research has focused on World War 1 trench poetry in French and English, as well as poetry translation.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey - Bachelor in Arts, French
Graduate Degree: University of Paris III La Sorbonne Nouvelle - Masters, Comparative Literature
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe learning is a fun and rewarding experience. I think everything can be taught in a way that is engaging to each student and that the mark of a good teacher is to find that way.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to spend anywhere from ten to twenty minutes introducing ourselves. I begin, and then I like to ask my student questions about their likes and dislikes, hobbies, and interests. After we have broken the ice, I like to take an overview of what the student uses to study - which textbooks, materials - and any work they have done so far. For the end of the lesson, I decide where we will begin our tutoring, and then we jump in!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I encourage my students to begin daily habits that are simple and obtainable. For example, studying a foreign language requires learning vocabulary. I help my students make flashcards for vocabulary, and the "simple habit" will be to review the flash cards every day for five minutes. I try to help my students understand that it does not take much to start improving; five minutes of flash cards a day results in a huge pay off!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To keep students motivated, I like to do a lot of review. We use the materials the student is already familiar with to practice, as well as explore all the new ways this "old" material can apply to future learning! Reviewing is so important to remind students they have already come so far.