My love of college teaching has been limited by the lack of opportunities in the humanities, but tutoring is a wonderful alternative to the classroom experience. Besides, I have always been more comfortable in smaller classes or in a one-on-one interaction. I have experience teaching college-level students and retired adults in an informal learning situation. First, I volunteered for two years to be a part of "Project Together," a tutoring project at Wichita State University. I taught English to high school students in Southern France, then art history for another school year at the University of Maryland's European Division in Germany. Later I taught "16th century Art" at Northeastern Illinois University and most recently "Greek and Roman Art" at Dominican University. In addition, I volunteered at the Center on Halsted's SAGE program where I created and taught an informal, intermediate French class. I selected the textbooks and put together lectures and readings in topics of French culture.
One of my greatest virtues is patience. In learning a foreign language I am dubious of the total immersion technique and programs that promise fluency in a few weeks. I have studied several languages, mainly to acquire skills in reading, so I know how to learn a language the old fashioned way--it takes a lot of work and practice. However, I realize time is limited and I know how to focus on the task at hand and to meet your short-term goals.
My background credentials in French are as follows: I have a B.A. degree, have completed graduate courses at the Sorbonne and at the University of Chicago, I spent two years in France (thanks to 2 French government scholarships), and published scholarly articles in French.
I also tutor art history, which is the field of my doctorate. My love of art history began in a high school comparative arts course; ever since I have been digging deeper to pursue both scholarly endeavors and aesthetic pleasure. Besides helping you to understand basic art historical movements and styles, I can give you tips on how to write an excellent research paper, lead you to traditional sources in scholarly libraries, and steer you away from the popular but less impressive and more superficial online and blog sources.
Enough about me. My work with you will be entirely focused on your current needs: to help you improve your grade in a particular course, expand your reading or speaking skills in French, work on translation, write an article or research paper, or in art history, simply to learn how to look at and analyze a work of art for your maximum enjoyment during a museum visit. In other words, I will be there for you and your needs. If you are a student in French or art history, we will work together to keep you ahead and on track, focusing on the assigned textbook, other readings, or writing papers.
Let's get in touch to see how I can help you succeed.
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