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I was born, grew up, and went to Elementary School, Middle High School, High School, and Undergraduate college in a French speaking country. French is thus my native language. When I was a student in that country, the prevailing system of education was that of France and at the same time a Belgian-French system. I also worked for many years in that country, speaking the official language, i.e. French.
I have a tremendous experience in teaching. I have taught both French and English, the former as a second language and the latter as a foreign language. There are various teaching methodological approaches as we all know; they may differ from one another, but still give relatively satisfactory outcome. My teaching is mainly based on the principle that language is an imitation process as pertaining to such linguistic features as spelling, intonation, accent emphasis, and others. The first tools I provide my students with is to maintain an open mindset of what seems strange in a language, especially when one is foreign to it. Prior to getting into a practical study of French, my easy approach has been to make a short and practical study of Phonology (study of sounds and intonation) and Phonetics (how to deal with letter and symbols we don't have in English, but that we do have in French).
This approach leads my students to speak French as quickly as possible; I mean the French of France, the original French. They will also understand the environmental reasons why French spoken in other countries sounds different even though it is the same language with the same spelling.
I invite my prospective students to come, work with me, and realize how fast they will be able to communicate in French. This is my challenge to them. And I want the challenge to become not only a curiosity, but a real motivation.
I have a long and productive experience of being a Teacher of both ESL (English as a Second Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language). I have a B.A. (Bachelor's degree in English) and an "Aggregation" (a high-level competitive examination for Teachers)in English teaching. Both my qualifications and my experience make me proud of providing and available to provide people with the very assistance they need to get well prepared and ready to take the Test Of English as a Foreign Language, i.e. TOEFL.
National Teaching College (DRC)
Springfield College, Manchester, New Hampshire (Master's)
Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00
Cancellation: 36 hours notice required
Leonard will travel within 20 miles of Manchester, NH 03103.
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