Bonjour fellow Francophiles! I am Anthony and in my profile picture with me is my bi-lingual daughter Isabella. I have been speaking to her in French since she was born. It has been a wonderful experience to continue to practice and improve upon French as my chosen second language. I share with her all my knowledge and experience of my time living and working in Paris, built upon my college education. I do my best to immerse us in the French language and culture on a daily basis, with classic French songs, games, cinema and culinary fun. I know first hand the challenges of learning a second language and I would like to share my experiences and learning tools with you so that you too can grow to love speaking, thinking and dreaming in the French language. Allons-y!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The Texas A&M University System Office - Bachelors, French
Graduate Degree: Dongguk University Los Angeles - Current Grad Student, Oriental Medicine
Photography, Chinese Medicine, Martial Arts, Health, Cooking, French Cuisine, Movies, Traveling, Meditation
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
On s'amuse pour apprendre. We have fun when we learn. It's the best approach to getting things to stick. It is based upon 2 important learning principles of frequency and amplitude. In other words, repetition and how well we can relate the material to your life so that it becomes you.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first thing that we must learn is the importance of greeting one another. Let's get to know one another on a cordial level and what interests you in your life now, and let's try and weave that into your French language learning.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Do you like movies? Who doesn't? This is a great way to learn a language, watching your favorite flicks dubbed in French. It's a great way to start training your ear and mind to the sound and rhythm of the language. Plus, I have some other tricks up my sleeve to help you get interested in what you are learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Let's find out what interests you most and incorporate that into your language learning. It's important to stay interested in what you are learning, especially when the learning gets tricky (i.e. - grammar and vocab).
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Let's analyze what exactly is giving you difficulty, and then we can focus on those areas while incorporating your strengths to help reinforce your learning. We are all capable of improving ourselves, and it is how we approach these challenges. It's our perspective that ultimately helps us to overcome these obstacles.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading difficulties are usually rooted in a lack of vocabulary knowledge. I went through the same thing. Let's help this by incorporating vocab games and other daily learning tools to boost your word bank, making it fun too. Daily repetition is the key.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Patience, persistence, and an ability to find out how to relate the material to what interests you to help you focus.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Simple, let's find out what your interests are and incorporate that into your learning. There is always a way.