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I don't look upon tutoring so much as a job as a gift I can give to other people. It gives me so much pleasure to give someone a boost in a particular subject. Sometime, just a small boost is enough to get someone over a hurdle, or build their confidence to the point where they can "fly" on their own. Others need more sustained support, and I am more than happy to provide that, too.
Currently, I am certified to tutor French, English as a Second Language, the California Basic Skills Educational Skills Test or CBEST, and Elementary Math. I have taught or tutored these subjects for more than 20 years.
Please check under each subject for further details about my experience and my particular approach.
I look forward to meeting you and seeing you or your child make progress!
I started learning French when I was 14, then continued at university level. After this, I lived in Bordeaux, France for 6 years. Many native speakers have remarked on the quality of my French accent.
I have a California Teaching Credential in Adult Education, with specialization in French. My 10-plus years of teaching experience covers French conversation groups as well as evening classes in French.
My TUTORING EXPERIENCE encompasses not only adults and high school students, but also students as young as 11, with great success!
I love helping students to gain mastery of what may seem difficult at first. It gives me such pleasure to see my students do well!
I believe that the reason I have had such success with my students is threefold. First, because I too have had to learn the language as a speaker of English, I am very familiar with the pitfalls and difficulties that English speakers face when learning French. And that gives me patience! Secondly, my graduate studies in linguistics have given me useful and practical information that helps my students in their learning of French grammatical structures, meanings, and pronunciation. And finally, I have a real interest in - and flair for - adapting both the teaching materials and my approach to the aptitudes, interests, and needs of each student.
Whether you want to make sense of French grammar, improve your accent or your fluency, prepare for a test, or introduce your child to this beautiful and surprisingly accessible language, I'm sure I can help you achieve your goals.
I look forward to speaking with you and hearing what your needs and interests are.
Great tutor! — Geraldine is very kind, patient and intelligent. I always learn so much each time I meet with her. She is very easy to get a hold of and returns emails quickly. I have learned more from her than I have learned from my French professor. Geraldine loves French so she is very passionate and knowledgeable about the subject. I have fun during our sessions! ...
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