NOTE: I am currently preparing to move out of state, so I will not be available for lessons during this summer. Merci.
Bonjour! Je m'appelle Elizabeth, et je veux bien vous donner des leçons particulières!
I majored in French studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I had the fantastic opportunity to study in Paris for a year. There I not only took courses at the Institut Catholique de Paris, but was able to explore the country and to really fall in love with France, its language, and its people. I later obtained a master's degree in French linguistics from Indiana University in Bloomington.
In 2012 I obtained a certificate in secondary education with an endorsement in French (as part of the certification process, I did submit to and pass both FBI and Illinois State background tests).
I love both French and education, and I am constantly striving become better in both areas. I believe that professional and personal development are ongoing processes; to that end I immerse myself in French-language materials (as far as is possible in the Chicago suburbs) and I do a great deal of reading to ensure that my teaching philosophy and methods are research-based and results-oriented. We've all heard of people who took 4 years of a foreign language in high school but don't speak a word, but I believe that such an experience is completely avoidable. With a little hard work on both of our parts, I believe that great gains are possible.
Languages *are* hard work. Think about it: you spent your first couple years on earth doing little else than learning to speak your native language, and learning a second language means that you're building a whole new set of rules in your head. In practical terms, this means that you can't learn a language in an hour a week (well, you could, but it would take YEARS to build up to even a basic proficiency). I would be happy to guide you on your way to speaking French, but you have to know that it requires a time commitment outside of the time we will spend together. Fortunately, it's easy to integrate language study into your daily routine: study flash cards while waiting in line, read/watch the news, listen to the radio while cleaning, etc. all provide the input necessary to acquire a language.
So if you're looking for a French tutor, please don't hesitate to contact me!
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