My name is Eurenice, and I am from Benin, a small country in West Africa but also a French colony. I came to the United States only in 2010, and did my ESL at UIC. Being born and raised in Benin, French is my primary language. I grew up speaking french, did my entire education, from the pre-school to my bachelor degree in accounting in french. I participated in a great number of competitions in junior high school due to my high level of understanding of the language. Even though we have a different accent in Benin from French people, I am completely familiar with the French people accent because I have some branches of my family being from France and living with us in Benin. I also had many friends at school, from Paris. I myself visited Paris a couple of times, and lived there for a few months.
As far as my teaching experience is concerned, the answer is still in my background. My parents were both teachers. My mom is a primary school teacher, and my entire life I have been exposed to all the books she uses to teach. The teaching conditions in Benin being what they are, while in college, I used to grade some of the papers for my mom. When I was in middle school I used to replace her sometimes when she could not make to school. I learned from her that teaching comes from the heart. I had the opportunity to tutor numerous people even in high school, and the best method is to help the learner say the answer himself. I use pictures to help the student retain better vocabulary, grammar, or general concepts. For any student working with me French is a lot of fun.
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