The relationship between our brains and senses has always intrigued me. Being a tri-lingual myself has pushed my interest in learning about language processes in the brain. During my undergraduate studies, I learned that those who cultivate multiple languages show greater activation in their left hemisphere, the seat of language production, than monolinguals.
For this reason, I am particularly excited about passing my knowledge in French to students of all levels, helping them to discern the principles between their native and second languages. Personally, I studied in a French curriculum until the 9th grade before moving to the US. I also had the opportunity to study abroad where I studied French literature and Psychology. During that time, I was able to easily communicate with my host family and those that I met and even completed multiple assignments in the language. I hope that working with me will allow students to achieve the fluency that they strive for, thus increasing activity in their left hemisphere.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I will determine the student's French level. From the student's level, I will decide how to proceed.
What is your teaching philosophy?
The student's success depends on his/her effort and the tutor's help.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will allow the student to try to answer a given question before I give them the answer.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Setting short-term and long-term goals is important in staying motivated when learning a new skill.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited about a subject that they are struggling with by reminding them about their long-term goal. Knowing that in the future a student will be able to fluently communicate in French will help them stay motivated.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
When learning a new language, it is important for students to speak the language. Overtime, the student will be able to be more confident in the subject.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
If a student is struggling with reading comprehension, it is important for the student to continue reading. Going over each sentence can also help with understanding the whole story.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each person learns differently. Adapting to the student's needs is important. Some students may be visual learners, while others may be auditory learners. It is important for me to use tools based on students' needs.