As a career French teacher, I came to the realization that a unique approach to the second language teaching methods does not really foster the acquisition of L2 language among learners. For the past 23 years research and studies of teaching methods and procedures have led me to consider and implement a combination of methods(9) or approaches.
Although I have been a fervent advocate of Total Immersion principles for many years[and still am],I can also appreciate all the benefits that the Communicative Functional Notion Approach brings to the learner in the teaching of a second language. I am a firm believer in Multiple Intelligence and experience tells me that the first grade learners show a different approach to language skills acquisition from that of the university student or than that of a working professional in need of language skills for the job.
All of this being said, the primary focus in the acquisition of an l2 language is: Communication, Communication, Communication... Once this skill is acquired, the bulk of the work is done for both instructor and learner. All other difficulties that may arise can be easily ironed out. I plan not only to meet the special needs of the learner or client but I also want to offer a wide range of experience in the language background to motivate him or her to excel.
I understand that the French language with all its particularities present special challenges but the key elements to success are: Interest, Motivation, Discipline, and Determination(IMDD). May you wish to start with the basics or brush up on more advanced skills, I am willing and able to help. Well, let's give it a try!
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