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"Bonjour à tous!" My name is Jules. I am from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where I worked as a lawyer since 1994 and taught law since 2004 until when I have settled in the United States in 2007. I am married and have children.
My passion for languages especially the French has always been outstanding. Besides French (which is the official language in the DRC), I also speak other Congolese dialects such as Swahili, Lingala, and Tetela. My English fluency has obviously improved since I took it as a Second Language Learner and after that, I completed the highest English curriculums such as the English 1A and 1B at Santa Rosa Junior College. I am currently at my fourth semester taking the Spanish at the same College. I am proud to say today that my Spanish reading, listening, speaking, and writing has also tremendously improved. I personally believe that the little knowledge of Latin I took while being in high school has helped me a lot in the learning and command process of this language. On 12/19/2014, I earned an AA Degree in Spanish-Humanities.
Among all, French has been my preferable working language. I have been connected to it as husband is deeply attached to his wife. I started enjoying its flavor in my early childhood when I started attending kindergarten. Later, I have learned to admire it through my high school teachers; Most of them were Catholic priests of “Saint Don Bosco” from “La province de Wallonie” (Wallonia Province) in Belgium. As my French accent has been close to the native speaker’s one, I thought that going to law school was a good decision I had to make as I could smoothly speak French and write it over and over.
Being now in the US, I have thought that teaching or tutoring French could be a tremendous way of sharing my passion for the language towards other people. There are four years since I have been doing this activity and I really enjoy doing it. Since 2010, I have been French tutor at Santa Rosa Junior College. There, I have:
•helped students with homework while fostering a better understanding of the subject as a whole
•conducted in study and/or French conversational group of 2 or 3 students and
•attended monthly workshops for tutors
Since 2012, I have been working as an independent contractor French Tutor under WyzAnt’s umbrella. As a French Tutor, I have:
•Taught/tutored students for all levels or grades from beginners to advanced
•Taught/tutored French lessons and the cultural context of the French-speaking countries to adult travelers
•Created lesson plans tailored to each student’s capabilities
•Stressed the four areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing in almost 80% lessons with emphasis on student’s participation
•Made the learning experience positive, informative, fun and focused on building confidence and skill level
In September 2012, as a French Teacher at Alliance Française de Santa Rosa, I:
•Developed teaching objectives and plan
•Taught French to majority of English adult learners with emphasis on student’s participation
•Used audio visual aids to present subject matters to class
•Performed in-class various learning activities such as tests, oral presentation, exercises, homework
•Assess student’s progress to adjust my instruction as needed
In September 2012, I volunteered with the Santa Rosa French American Charter School, where I was in charge of helping a small group of students called “les Francophones”(native speaker students) with French reading, speaking, homework as well as French music lessons with the use of the flute. Since 03/26/2015, the school has hired me to be among those in charge of the homework club.
Thank you so much for your interest in my profile and look forward to working for you. "Bonjour à tous!" My name is Jules. I am from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where I worked as a lawyer since 1994 and taught law since 2004 until when I have settled in the United States in 2007. I am married and have children.
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Jules teaching skills are absolutely effective in increasing my French skills. From the initial assessment, my lessons have been developed with my weaknesses and my goals at the forefront.
Furthermore, as Jules' first language is French, he is able to provide exposure to a true French accent as well as insight in to the idiosyncrasies of the language.
While he is so kind, Jules is serious about the lessons. We work hard. He really does expect that homework will be done before the lesson. And the best thing is that this lesson is a great deal of fun. I look forward to it every week.
Jules is an excellent teacher. He worked with me to assess my proficiency, as I hadn't studied French in many year, and was creative and organized in his lesson planning. He was always early to lessons and responded promptly whenever I emailed him with questions.
I have had many French tutors over the years, and Jules is the best. My goal is to improve my listening comprehension and speaking. He started with an assessment of my current level and then planned lessons to work toward my goal. In the past when I have told tutors that I was interested in speaking and listening, they would come to the session without a plan and just talk to me and listen without correcting my mistakes. Jules is completely different. Most of the time he has spoken to me in French, but he is always aware of how much I have understood. When I am speaking, he is positive and encouraging, but also points out the areas in which I need practice. This is exactly what I have needed. I have always done very well in classes that are focused on reading and writing, but the real test of my French ability is during my yearly visits to Paris when I have to use the language every day. Jules has been preparing me for that.
I had my first lesson with Jules last week and it was great. He took the time to test my French level using various methods and discussed my goals with me. He has also provided a very thorough layout of what the weekly expectations will be as we continue lessons. I'm looking forward to continuing on!
Jules is very thorough and patient as a tutor. Excellent with kids! My son needed to catch up after a rough year of French Grammar. His tutoring sessions are fun and packed with information. My son actually looks forward to tutoring day. Always on time and communication is extremely prompt! I have recommended Jules to many other families as well.
A great influence for your child. Intelligent, passionate person that inspires the desire to learn.
Makes learning French enjoyable. Quickly and easily helped my son get caught up on his French homework which helped him to get a good grade on a 300 point French exam. Continuing to work with him.
Has made french enjoyable to learn again for my son whom had become discouraged.
If you're looking for an experienced, patient and great tutor... then Jules is it. He is very kind, helpful and accommodating. He did great working with my son and I would definitely recommend him and use him again.
My first attempt to speak Swahili again in 50 years was pleasant and fun. It's only been one lesson so far but I found, at least for me, the right mix of grammar, pronunciation exercises, and random useful tips. Jules was great. I plan to continue lessons until my trip to Tanzania next year.
Jules in very a very patient teacher. He is always finding new ways to keep my 5 year old son interested in the lesson. Thanks Jules!!
I have only had one lesson with Jules but it was a pleasure to work with him. He's been very good about following up as well. I didn't realize that was part of the fee but he provided a detailed his follow up and lesson plan for the coming weeks. I look forward to working more with Jules.
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