I am originally from France where I grew up until I moved to the US in 1999. I have started tutoring in France as a part-time job when I was a law student and really enjoyed the reward of helping my students get their confidence back by making them feel that they were not the problem. Since my specialization was math and science I started tutoring math and later on English.
My experience tutoring French is a little unusual as I started tutoring French as a second language in the United States, while working. I started tutoring adults to help them prepare for the Foreign Service Language Proficiency exam for assignments abroad. Teaching French has also become personal as I am teaching my husband to communicate with my parents who do not speak a word of English. Since I became a mom three years ago I have been been teaching my two sons French. It is important for me that they are able to converse with their grandparents later on. For a three-year old, my oldest son is totally comfortable understanding and communicating in both English and French. My eighteen month old son is following the same path.
I have been a tutor for many years now in different subjects and at different levels. The past few years have been a challenge when I tutored children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I have mostly tutored math and French to children (9th – 11th grade). I truly believe that teaching should be fun and exciting.
Many of my students were failing in their classes and I was able after a couple of sessions to make them understand that they were not the problem. The source of the issue was more related to a method of learning. It has become evident to me that students who have not been performing well in a subject start doubting themselves and believing that they are the problem. When in fact the root of the issue is often related to the way a certain subject matter is taught. Throughout the years I have learned to adapt my methods of tutoring to the student by observing what type of learning style they are more receptive to and tailoring my lessons to their needs.
I have also noticed that many times topics were brushed very quickly in class without giving the student the time to absorb the information and understand it. A typical lesson would be to go over what has been done in class and writing up a summary of the essential points that need to be understood before going any further. These summaries become very useful when the time comes to study for a test or an exam.
New to the Great Falls area I decided to change career and devote more of my time to teaching. I am now the French Director of programs at KidzzWorld. It was a unique opportunity for me to switch career and dedicate myself to what I truly enjoy: teaching. I am now part of this new initiative to teach young children 18 months to 12 years old to become fluent in French by running a French immersion program.Despite the fact that it is a new initiative, so far the results have been very rewarding.
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