I am a native Portuguese speaker and have studied French for 6 years (also lived and had intensive language classes in France).
I have also taken the TOEFL test myself and achieved great results, so I know what kind of information is important to convey to students preparing for that test: developing a richer vocabulary through simple and objective exercises tackling multiple relevant subjects, dynamic reading for a better comprehension of long essays and a better organization of thoughts in order to be able to build more concise, content rich essays. Since time is very important on the TOEFL, I also like to make sure the student is provided with tools to be able to think fast and use their creativity to be able to provide quality answers on the test.
I am passionate about anything related to language and linguistics, and to be able to help other people learn what I have learned is very exciting!
I take on a more objective approach because I have learned that more often than not, many things we see in books and some types of exercises don't contribute to the student's experience and fluency, so I make sure to focus mostly on the relevant points. With languages, many times, repetition is the key. We need to go over something several times for the brain to register it as "second nature". I like to know each person's style of learning and figure out the best approach to make sure they take the most out of the time they spend dedicating to the language. I am also a firm believer in practicing the language outside of the classroom, so I always like to indicate movies, books and TV series that I enjoy to the student, always considering their level of proficiency in the target language.
Most importantly, I think it is crucial for the student to learn about the culture of the target country. Being very comfortable with all three cultures (Brazil, France and the United States), I always enjoy throwing in some background and cultural information in my lessons, so that the student gets to know a bit more about the country/people they are learning about.
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