French Native Speaker and Graphic Designer
French Native Speaker and Graphic Designer
Having been born and raised in Montreal, Canada, I grew up speaking and writing in French. I attended French schools all of my life which means I have more than just a few years of French learning but my whole education was immersed in French only. Not only can I say I speak French but lived in a French cultural environment. I spoke English too because my father was British which means that I learned how to translate back and forth between the two languages (that was very helpful at my jobs...
Having been born and raised in Montreal, Canada, I grew up speaking and writing in French. I attended French schools all of my life which means I have more than just a few years of French learning but my whole education was immersed in French only. Not only can I say I speak French but lived in a French cultural environment. I spoke English too because my father was British which means that I learned how to translate back and forth between the two languages (that was very helpful at my jobs in Montreal). Once in College, I minored in French while majoring in the Arts and Graphic Design. The minor consisted of reading and studying about all the great writers such as Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Albert Camus, Beaudelaire, etc.
While working in Montreal, I was the proofreader for French and English for all the graphic design brochures I designed and printed. Therefore, my French is considered university level.
I have tutored one to one in Montreal as well as in Los Angeles. I have a passion tutoring others the French language for I enjoy seeing them speaking my mother tongue. My focus is on practical application, that is, the student will learn French conversation as opposed to only vocabulary and grammatical rules. He or she will also learn French expressions spoken by Francophones. I offer hands-on practical exercises for day to day conversations in French as well as learning writing skills. I try to make learning French challenging but fun at the same time.
I also need to mention here that I also tutor computer software courses on the Mac such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign including Acrobat. I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and have taught one to one courses to students at their home. Preferably, the student should have a Mac of their own, but I do have a laptop in case the need arises.
Also, having earned a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, I can also tutor drawing classes in charcoal, pencil, and garandache (water color pencils).
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Knowledgeable and sweet teacher
Nicole is very knowledgeable and has helped my daughter get an A in her French Class. Nicole is very reliable. My daughter was in French 2 and was getting a B- and Nichole helped her get an A. Thank you.Cynthia, 12 lessons with NicoleTutor responded:
Thank you Cynthia for your feedback! I appreciate it!
She is an excellent teacher!
She is very patient and kind and I enjoy learning from her very much! I am so pleased I found her and I am excited to be able to have conversations in French when I travel to France! Thank you, Nicole!!Rodolfo, 2 lessons with Nicole
Nicole is an amazing French tutor. She is native and actaully knows the language and culture. She makes learning French fun. I would definitely recommend taking French lessons with Nicole!Shazia, 1 lesson with Nicole
Extremely knowledgeable, very understanding, Made me feel comfortable
She knows her Mac inside and out she’s quick and smart, nose multiple shortcuts, able to retrieve answers that I was stuck on, she is clearly the best of the best, looking forward to Learning much more from her.BARRY, 4 lessons with Nicole
Very nice and patient tutor
Nicole was very patient and pleasant to work with. She quickly adapted to my son's online course curriculum and helped him with his lessons. We were very happy with her teaching style.Evette, 1 lesson with Nicole
I will have to say I am very pleased with her teaching methods. She is easy to follow and spends her time with me when I'm not able to follow.I would recommend her to other students with no hesitationTony, 3 lessons with Nicole
Great In Design Tutoring
Nicole was a great teacher while I'm learning InDesign. She is very patient and takes the time to go through each steps thoroughly. I will definitely continue working with Nicole!Debbi, 1 lesson with Nicole
Great with InDesign beginners
Having never used InDesign, and despite the session being short due to the volume of teaching that we went through, I already feel like I have learnt the crucial basics. Nicole was very patient in trying to understand my questioning (I certainly don't know all the right terminology), and in her subsequent explanations. Once I have had time to practice and do some 'trial by error', I shall certainly call on her again for further teaching to advance my skills.Alicia, 1 lesson with Nicole
She was smart and fun and energetic and very patient.
She was smart and fun and energetic and very patient. I would definitely recommend her to other students and I plan on using her again myself.Frankie, 1 lesson with Nicole
Learned a lot in just a few weeks!
My college-age son did not speak any French when he started his sessions with Nicole, and he learned a lot in just a few weeks with her. My son's main motivation for studying French was that his planned graduate programs expect him to acquire a working knowledge of French over time. We considered enrolling my son in a French class, but the dates of various classes locally and elsewhere did not work with his schedule, so individual tutoring seemed better. And allowed my son to move at his own pace. Sessions were productive and covered a lot of ground, including reading, writing, speaking, pronunciation, grammar, and more. I was impressed that when my son's textbook went temporarily missing for one session, Nicole was still able to have a very useful two hour session without the book. I believe my son's French is off to a great start thanks to Nicole. He seemed to enjoy the sessions and seemed to enjoy speaking a bit of French with me between sessions as well. An extra benefit was that Nicole is from Montreal, and my son will soon be traveling to Montreal. She, at his request, filled him in on a few quirks of French as spoken in Montreal, although they spent the vast majority of their time on French as spoken in France.Alison, 10 lessons with Nicole