Bonjour, mes amis! Salut! I bring with me a strong background in French
from the University of Chicago and Middlebury College, and over 14 years of teaching in public and private schools preK-12, two years of teaching at the college level, individual tutoring to teenagers and adults, and most recently, instructing senior citizens through Chicago's Department of Aging. I also served as the faculty coordinator and developed supplementary materials for the "French in Action" series on WYCC-TV20.
I understand the difficulties many students have in overcoming the obstacles in learning a foreign language
, and can reassure you that, although French has the reputation of being complicated in grammar
, and speech
, the language
actually has many repeated patterns, and even the exceptions have patterns!
My goal in teaching and tutoring students is to activate the language through a variety of methods, traditional as well as audio-visual, multicultural, and interdisciplinary. Learning French should be FUN, whether students are at Point Zero or just need refining.
I pride myself on the energy, enthusiasm, and flexibility I bring to every phase of my work. Besides my fluency in French, I have a good knowledge of Spanish
, and have studied Russian
in the Former Soviet Union. My passion for teaching allows comfort and ease for all students (ages 4 to 84!). I feel strongly about maintaining an informative and professional communication with parents, colleagues, and administrators.
Learning a foreign language opens doors, broadens a person's interest in new fields, and serves as a vehicle to explore new cultures and make new friends. We also understand more about ourselves through the contrasts we find between our native speech and the "new" language (also, personally, through my experience in editing
and tutoring of English
as a Second Language). During the last year, I have worked with middle school students in broadening and deepening their skills in Language Arts
; descriptions of my methodology in these last two subjects may be found elsewhere on this site.
Finally, language is theater: we progress from basic expressions to acting out new roles, and finally, to confirming our own character as we master our new discipline.
BTW, I am NOT bound to tutoring only in downtown Chicago; let's connect!