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I am a NYS permanently certified French teacher with eight years experience teaching French in public high school and middle school environments. I have worked with beginners and intermediate students, as well as students in advanced levels of French.
I enjoy tutoring one-on-one, because I am able to focus solely on the needs of one individual. As a school teacher, I have been amazed at how effective one or two private extra help sessions can be for the student who has been struggling in the larger class environment. I believe that I explain language concepts clearly and in a way that students of all skill levels can understand.
My students have told me over the years that I am a patient and encouraging teacher and that I make learning French fun. I love helping students realize that they CAN in fact learn French, even if they thought they couldn't! One of my 9th grade students once wrote the following to me: "You are one of the most positive people I have ever met, and you taught me never to give up. You always have a HUGE smile on your face, and that is why I look up to you and why you are one of my role models."
I love speaking French and sharing the language with others!
I love teaching French! I enjoy all aspects of language, and I have years of experience helping students develop and improve their French speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. I majored in French at the University of Pennsylvania and participated in a college study abroad program in France. I went on to earn my Masters in Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. I have eight years experience teaching French in the classroom. I co-chaperoned a student trip to France, and I directed my advanced students in a trilingual foreign language department production of The Little Mermaid. French is my passion, and I love sharing it with others!
I Have the Most Wonderful Teacher! — Alison is knowledgeable, patient, serious about making sure I learn, and makes my lessons fun at the same time. I am learning and enjoying so much! I knew from her background/profile that I really wanted Alison to be my teacher, and am so glad that she is. I could not ask for more in a tutor! ...
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