I am a French citizen. After 22 years of permanent residency in UK (Oxford & London), I moved to the US (2012).
For about 8 years, I have been teaching French in UK (one-to-one & small groups) and I also lectured students (Masters & PhDs)
I am a bilingual executive (English-French) with over 25 years of experience within the aerospace industry. After moving recently to Evanston, I started to lecture (on-demand) Executive MBA students at the Kellogg School of Management.
I am aware of the importance of "cultural" differences, as well as the needs to provide each of my students with engaging and stimulating classes. I usually teach my students using specific situations. These “situations" are simply taken from our normal daily lives (i.e shopping, waiting for a flight at the airport, or ordering a meal at a restaurant).
A teacher is only as good as his/her student is willing to work hard to learn ... But the whole process of learning a language should be about having fun, in a relaxed environment...
My tutoring methods are quite simple while effective, and evolve with your own linguistic capabilities and/or level. I also work a lot by specific wording associations matching the above listed "specific situations". For instance, a conversational topic related to ... the kitchen and its surroundings (cooking a meal, serving it, setting up the table...). The French love their food!
Learning a language is not easy, particularly French. It takes time and dedication but the satisfaction is derived from practicing even if making mistakes... as “communicating" today is paramount.
I very much enjoy teaching my own language. If you think you will enjoy a dedicated and committed tutor, then please contact me!
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