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Looking for a great French tutor for your elementary, middle, or high school student? Want to improve your French to meet specific goals? I love French and I would love to work with you.
Who am I? I am a first year French Linguistics PhD Student at UC Davis. I have been studying French for over a decade and when speaking French, most people assume that I’m from that beautiful country. This past year, I worked in France as a language and culture teacher to take a little break from academia before diving in to graduate school! In 2013, I graduated from the University of Washington with a French BA, Photography BFA, and a Concentration in Education.
Language and linguistics are a passion of mine. I have over 4 years of intensive language teaching experience. While donning many different hats and titles - Private French Tutor, Advanced French Instructor: Canoe Island French Camp, French Immersion Teacher: Language Link LLC, Founder and President of the UW French Club, French Preschool Volunteer, ESL Tutor, Language Assistant – my goal is the same. I want to share my love for the French language and culture and inspire this in my students in a way that fits their needs and learning styles.
I have worked with toddlers to grannies and know that the same approach doesn't work for everyone. As an artist, I love finding creative ways to learn things rather than dull rote-memorization (though I’ll admit that French grammar is a tricky beast). I've had breakthroughs with students using songs to conjugate verbs and a myriad of color-coding to reveal the intricacies of direct and indirect objects.
My greatest happiness lies in the successes of my students: one whose grades improved and turned French from her hated subject to her favorite one and another whose parents reported their daughter dancing around the house singing French songs. I think my voracity to learn, non-judgmental sensibility and creative energy are my greatest assets as a teacher.
At the end of the day, I want to make sure that my students and I are a good fit. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. I've found it very helpful to meet new students for an hour to work and talk about goals is a great way to gauge this. Hope to hear from you soon!
Great Tutor! — My daughter is in her 2nd year of high school French. Joan tailored her lessons to meet my daughter's weaknesses, has given her tips to make learning easier and understandable. Finally, Joan has instilled an enjoyment to learning French that was not there before. I am thrilled with my daughter's progress and with the support that Joan provides. We are fortunate to have found a tutor that is su ...
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