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Having been born and raised in Montreal, Canada, I was fortunate to grow up speaking and writing in French. I attended French schools all of my life which means I have more than just a few years of French learning but my whole education was immersed in French only. Not only can I say I speak French but lived in a French cultural environment. I spoke English too because of my father being British which means that I learned how to translate back and forth between the two languages (that was very helpful at my jobs in Montreal). Once in College, I minored in French while majoring in the Arts and Graphic Design. The minor consisted of reading and studying about all the great writers such as Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Albert Camus, Beaudelaire, etc.
While working in Montreal, I was the proofreader for French and English for all the graphic design brochures my colleagues and I designed and printed. Therefore, my French is considered university level.
I have tutored one to one in Montreal as well as in Los Angeles. I have a passion tutoring others the French language for I enjoy seeing them speaking my mother tongue. My focus is on practical application, that is, the student will learn conversation French as opposed to only vocabulary and grammatical rules. He or she will also learn French expressions used by the French. I offer hands-on practical exercises for day to day conversations in French as well as learning writing skills. I try to make learning a language challenging but fun at the same time.
I also need to mention here that I also tutor computer software courses on the Mac such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign including Acrobat. I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and have taught one to one courses to students at their home. Preferably, the student should have a Mac of their own, but I do have a laptop in case the need arises.
Also, having earned a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, I can also tutor drawing classes in charcoal, pencil, and garandache (water color pencils).
As a professional graphic designer, I work most of my time in InDesign for designing brochures, magazines, book covers and other layouts. I am advanced in InDesign and have been using this software since it first came out, which was about 12 years ago. I have mastered it and most of my work is done in this program.
I have 16 years of experience as a graphic designer, which means that I have worked for as many years using Photoshop to manipulate images, create montages of images for projects such as posters, and a lot of retouching of photos in order to improve people's complexions, smiles, and hair for brochures, catalogs, magazines, and posters. Photoshop is the best software for retouching and enhancing photos that need to stand out. My experience also extends to salvaging and retouching photos that have aged, or have been damaged or if they have been over exposed or under exposed. I have also used Photoshop for creating the most fun and unusual images that one can imagine that you wouldn't be able to photograph in real life. I would love to be able to share all my expertise with this fun and useful software.
I have a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts which means I draw in charcoal, pencil, watercolor pencils. My style is realistic and sometimes very detailed. I have furthered my studies by taking extra drawing classes at UCLA and had some of my work exposed at the UCLA website for artists.
I am a French speaking native of Montreal. I have lived most of my life in a French speaking environment, not just taking courses in French as many tutors only had the opportunity to do. This means I know not only the vocabulary and grammar but also well known expressions and the culture itself, music, food etc. I have also studied in a French University in Montreal which means I had to pass the national exam for French which is quite tough in order to get my degree. My minor was in French literature. My method of tutoring would be a hands-on approach with practical exercises and having fun at the same time. I have experience tutoring children from ages 6 to 18 as well as tutoring adults who have never learned French to those who want to brush up on their French. Therefore, I hope you will consider me as your tutor.
I am certified to teach the use of the MacIntosh computer since I am a graphic designer and work solely with the Mac. I have been using a Mac for over 15 years for my work and have been using most of the software that is meant to work on a Mac as well as the iLife programs that initially come with the Mac.
Friendly and patient. — My daughter had Nicole since the beginning of the summer just to get prepared for her 9th grade French 1. She's easy going and very friendly, on time and patient, organized, and always prepared. Moves quickly but never goes on without making sure all material is understood! Will definitely keep having her through the school year! ...
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