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University of California, Irvine (Euro Studies, French)
Sorbonne (Paris IV) (Other)
I have always enjoyed teaching and am comfortable with students of all ages, from young pre-schoolers through those at the university level. I look at teaching as sharing information with another person and helping him to develop the skills he needs to explore, enjoy and succeed in the world. Does that mean learning facts and figures? Yes, it does. But it also means finding out what excites that student, what he is interested in, and then, helping to bridge the gap between what he knows and what he needs to learn in a way that makes learning interesting. My teaching style is more easy-going and interactive, focusing on understanding the context of what the student is learning, so, the information can be applied to many situations. Over the years I have: tutored basic education skills; helped inner-city kids learn Shakespeare; prepped for SAT or Conservatory auditions; developed French or English skills, especially conversational abilities; helped bring dozens of children up to grade level in math and english; and mentored film and screenwriting students.
I have a BA in European Studies and a BA in French Literature(in French) from UCI; a Certificate in Motion Picture and TV Producing from UCLA; an AA in Liberal Arts; plus have studied the French Language and Culture at the Sorbonne in Paris, France; and Shakespeare, Greek and Classical Drama and Music from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. I am an award winning screenwriter, a successful businesswoman, and a certified California Foster Parent. I speak French and English, love foreign cultures, history and international politics, have traveled to more than 50 countries and am a volunteer for the Red Cross.
I have always enjoyed teaching and am comfortable with students of all ages, from young pre-schoolers through those at the university level. I look at teaching as sharing information with another person and helping him to develop the skills he needs to explore, enjoy and succeed in the world. Does that mean learning facts and figures? Yes, it… Read more
FRENCH or ENGLISH Lessons: 1 student - $50 per hr; 2 students - $40 ea /hr; 3 students - $30 ea/hr
Danelle is not a tutor - she is a brilliant and creative Educator. She is working with my teenage son, who has rendered every previous tutor powerless to unlocking his potential. Danelle already has taught him how to minimize the distractions that habitually get in the way of his completing his work in a timely fashion. More important, the transformation in his attitude and willingness to work on his study skills is simply profound. He is less defensive and more proactive in managing his work load. Danelle is tough but gentle, serious but with a great sense of humor, and direct and focused but patient, never harsh. Her commitment to my son's success is such that she has created a strategy that requires ongoing follow up with each of my son's teachers - way beyond the scope of a tutor but a method designed to ensure success. My son is working harder than ever and, under Danelle, is seeing the fruits of his labor. I am so pleased with Danelle and recommend her with the highest degree of confidence.
I'm so grateful for having met with Danelle. She is extremely brilliant and extremely down- to earth! Although I met with her just once at a local Starbucks, I'm now convinced that she is a treasure of a resource for those looking for tutoring. She is a true diamond!
Danelle teaches my middle school daughter French. She is very patient but appropriately firm. My daughter has tried other programs which included one on one tutoring but she has progressed much faster with Danelle. I also like much of what she is learning is really practical. We would wholeheartedly recommend her!
We have just started to use Danelle for our 10th grader in AP Euro. It's been a can of worms. As you start digging in, you realize that struggling in school or a subject has many implications beyond just reading a chapter again or doing practice problems. You have inexperienced junior tutors that only know how to just throw work at the problem. In contrast you have someone experienced like Danelle who attacks the problem from many angles.
I can't declare victory this early in the process, but I am happy and hopeful now that we are doing something about it. Danelle is multi-dimensional, smart, engaging, and cerebral. I look forward to where this journey is going.
My 15 year-old daughter is struggling with French at her high school and I found Danelle through Wyzant. It was clear to me by other reviews that she would be helpful to us. Danelle answered our inquiry quickly and arranged to meet with us within a few days of the initial contact. She is American but speaks absolutely fluent, impeccable French. How do I know this? Because I myself speak advanced-level French (I lived there).
It is a benefit that she is able to quickly identify the mistakes and pitfalls we, as Americans, make in speaking French. My daughter's experience was so positive, and Danelle was able to quickly identify areas that need to be addressed. She was patient and kind and fun to be with. She takes her work very seriously and arrived on time and was ready to help. We are excited to have Danelle in our lives, helping our daughter gain confidence and joy in learning this language. Do not hesitate to contact her! Lovely person.
I was recently hired as a flight attendant, and will need to speak French for my position on a regular basis. I am working with Danelle to review my French skills acquired during school, as well as learn new terminology and conversational components. Danelle understands the technical aspects of language very well, and her pronunciation and accent are perfect! Since she is American, she is able understand where I am having trouble with pronunciation and sentence structure; this really helps because her explanations are clear and logical.
My son has had French tutors occasionally in the past and always left the lesson more confused than before he started. With Danelle, my son told me immediately upon her leaving (we booked a two hour session) that she helped him immensely! Had we known Danelle earlier, we would have had her all year long. We are looking forward to our next lesson and hope to have her for the next school year when he takes French V. On a personal level, her personality is fabulous! I am thrilled we found her! I recommend her highly!!
It was the week before finals, and an AP European History test that was worth 15% of my final grade was less than days away. Having been taught over 650 years of history, my mind happen to forget a thing or two. Danelle was so quick and eager to respond. Having informed me of her past of not only living, but taking the course, in FRANCE, I couldn't have gone wrong! She didn't teach me from notes or past quizzes; all I had to give her was a packet of dates and she lead my mind to, somehow, connect all events from Columbus 1492 to today's economic struggles. Having a tutor that lived in Europe, who understood the mindset of a struggling teenager, and who was so funny about it was perfect! The best part was that, also being experienced in English and other courses, she was able to tie in some ideas that would be useful for future classes and the AP exam. I had asked for her services on a Tuesday, and by Wednesday she was at my house ready to teach me what my teacher had been doing for two semesters. Overall a wonderful tutor, an experienced historian, an awesome woman. She will definitely be called next year for help with AP US History!
Danelle has been working with my granddaughter for a couple of months and has been a tremendous help to her. I would describe her tutoring method as very integrated and she brings many subjects together, making things like math and reading come to life!
She's extremely patient and kind in her teaching style, which is so important for children. Their sessions together have been very productive and my granddaughter looks forward to working with Danelle.
She really knows how to get you to learn quickly. I did not even realize how much I have learned so far until she had me speaking to her in French simulating different situations such as going to a restaurant.
Danelle worked with our daughter in preparation for a school monologue. Danelle immediately identified our daughter's strengths, weaknesses, and energy and tailored the lesson accordingly. Danelle has such a versatile background and provided advice in related areas such as acting, singing and other performing arts. She has an incredibly broad knowledge base! Furthermore, Danelle and our daughter instantly developed a bond and provided a learning environment with the perfect balance of discipline and fun. I would highly recommend enlisting her services. Danelle has so much wisdom to share!
Danelle has been such a great tutor with my 17 year old in french. She is patient and makes the learning fun. She is upbeat, on time, responsible and efficient. I highly recommend her!
I am happy I met Danelle yesterday at local Starbucks in Burbank. We had a nice lesson-conversation, which is what I really needed. She is a great tutor, great person, and she encouraged me so much. After our meeting I was feeling relaxed and more confident. If I need help in future, I will definitely contact her again.
As an ESL teacher, fluent in Spanish, and a lover of languages and etymology, I found Danelle a teacher who not only could refresh my French language skills, but also explain the reason behind French grammar and vocabulary. I like to dig into languages, but that's just me so I know Danelle can teach on the level in which I want to learn. She's also very patient and did a thorough analysis, through conversation, to determine the level at which I should review my French skills.
I applied for the TOEFL exam, so I needed a tutor to prepare for my exam. Today I took a lesson with Danelle H, for two hours, I understood what is the TOEFL about after she explained it to me. She was quite good, she taught me grammar, oral, and the written parts, how it's going to be in the TOEFL exam. She made me feel good about my English and that I'm going to do well in the exam, and I feel relaxed when she teaches me. I'm looking forward to take another lesson with her.
Hi Ftoon, thank you so much for the review. I really appreciate it. I enjoyed working with you also. Let me know when you want to set up the next lesson. All the best.
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I have tutored dozens of grade school students and brought them up to grade level quickly. Children naturally love to learn. And children at this age learn something by doing it. They need to touch it, sing it, smell it, go on field trips, feel in in their bodies. In other words, they are sensory based. Unfortunately, the American education system still uses the old pioneer method which is mainly visual -- someone reads or writes something on a whiteboard at the front of the class. This leaves a number of children stranded as they must bridge between the way they naturally learn and the way they are being taught. And because elementary education has particular "building blocks" that are place one upon the other, when one of those "blocks" is weak or misunderstood, the child has difficulty in subsequent lessons that are built on those very same blocks. They become confused, frustrated and eventually give up. As an educator, one of the most crucial elements is in diagnosing those "blocks" and helping the child re-learn the concept in a way that "clicks".
Besides having taught dozens of children, I am also on the School Board of Ascension Elementary School in gang territory. Despite numerous obstacles, 100% of our kids graduate high school and 98% go on to college even though only 65% of kids in the neighborhood graduate from 8th grade.
I am an award-winning screenwriter and was a Story Editor for a number of years. I have an extensive background in Classical Literature, including Shakespeare, Greek, Medieval, Restoration and Modern, in both English and French. I have taught numerous children creative writing, character development, grammar, story outline and writing style.
Although I was born in the United States and can trace my father's family back to some of the earliest American settlers, my mother was born and raised abroad. She did not learn English until she was an adult. As a child with a non-native English speaking parent, I am acutely aware of the frustration and intimidation a person may feel living in a foreign country and trying to connect complex thoughts and feelings to foreign words.
Speaking English well is difficult; it's a mixture of the languages of its immigrants with odd idiomatic phrases and complex grammar that seem to be filled with exceptions to rules. However, in today's global economy, English is perhaps the most important language on the planet. Businesses require it. The Internet, educational and technical systems are dominated by English speakers. People living in the U.S. need English to help them through everyday life.
Luckily, English is one of the easiest languages for non-native speakers to pronounce. (Yes, you read that correctly.) English is very kind to immigrants. Because English is filled with consonants, people with even the smallest "pigeon" English skills can be understood, which is not the case with many languages, like Chinese or Dutch. All those consonants allow speakers with numerous accents to also be understood, which is not possible in vowel-heavy languages, like French. With English, grammatical parts of a sentence can be moved around, yet the sentence still makes sense. This is impossible in Arabic or French. English also doesn't have verb forms that distinguish social classes and cause a speaker to inadvertently offend the listener, as happens in Japanese.
If you or a loved one wants to improve your English skills, I can help you. I have worked with numerous students, from those learning their first English words to ones studying for the TOEFL or IELTS University English entrance exams for non-native speakers. I am a professional writer and have two BA degrees. I am also on the School Board of a Los Angeles Elementary School.
European History is a vast and fascinating subject. So much of who we are as Americans and the problems and successes we have can be traced back to a series of interwoven events in Europe. Because of this, very little of history can be understood in isolation as those events usually occurred because of a culmination of numerous factors. Helping students grasp the context of historical events and bringing alive the culture at the time allows them to understand what unfolded during those moments and how it relates to their own lives in our modern world.
Besides having a BA degree in European Studies from UCI (University of California at Irvine), I have studied at the Sorbonne IV in Paris and have lived and worked in several countries in Western Europe. This does not include the dozens of times I have traveled through the countries of both Eastern and Western Europe.
I am an award winning film producer, screenwriter and UPM whose credits include Marvel Studios, Universal Studios, Phoenix Pictures and numerous independent films. I am also a partner in Circle of Friends Productions, a film production company that has a distribution deal with Paramount Studios. I have 2 screenplays currently in pre-production in Hollywood. You can look up my credits on IMDB, the movie database website.
I also have a certificate from UCLA in Motion Picture and Television Producing.
As a teacher, I love watching my students progress as their confidence and abilities build. Whether you are an advanced student or a complete beginner, you will be surprised at how quickly you advance with a private tutor. Although many American students may be able to read French, they have difficulty getting their tongues around the specific French sounds or understanding its complex grammatical structure. I will give you tools to help you. Other students may be able to understand a French speaker but have difficulty entering into a conversation with him that goes beyond the standard memorized phrases. I feel it is most important to help students communicate their own thoughts and feelings in French. By truly engaging in conversation, the student automatically builds vocabulary, grammatical skill and confidence because he is expressing ideas and feelings that interest him, that are important to him. He is emotionally invested in the conversation and so learning the language comes much quicker. The human brain is created to learn this way. By working with nature, as opposed to against it, progress is automatic.
As for my background, besides having a life-long love affair with the French language and culture, I have a BA degree in French from UCI (University of California at Irvine) and studied French Culture & Literature at the Sorbonne IV in Paris. I have lived and worked in France, both in the film industry and as an interpreter. Paris is my favorite city on the planet and I visit whenever possible. I have also spent time in many French regions including the Loire, Lorraine, Aquitaine, Provence, Normandy, Brittany along with its amazing cities like Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nice, Avignon, Chartres, Marseilles, Colmar, Strasbourg, Rennes, Orleans, etc. I will be working at the Cannes Film Festival again this year in mid-May.
They say Public Speaking is one of the most difficult skills to master. For most people, it is overwhelming and intimidating to stand in front of an audience and give a speech or try to convince them of your point of view, all the while knowing they are parsing each and every word you speak. Public Speaking is the Art of Persuasion. Successfully done, it is the perfect combination of conversation and information. I can help you with this.
I have helped many people with Public Speaking, including business people, doctors giving speeches at conventions, and trial lawyers wanting to improve their skills with a jury. I have also coached professional actors and students auditioning for conservatories and theater companies. I was a professional actress who performed in everything from small intimate venues to large audiences of 5,000. I taught Shakespeare to inner city kids whose teachers were amazed by how their unruly teenagers were riveted by something written hundreds of years ago. But whether in front of a large crowd, a TV camera, a group of inner city teens, or only one person, the key is to connect. And when you do that, a relationship begins between you and the listener. That is goal.
I was a professional actor for years, including Shakespeare and classical theater, and have coached acting students for their audition pieces for Julliard, ACT, NYU, UCLA, LAMDA and the Royal Academy in London. I have also helped lawyers be more comfortable in a courtroom and businessmen give convention speeches.
I was a theater major, performing my first professional role at 17. Later I studied with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and received a certificate from UCLA in Motion Picture and TV Producing. I have performed leading roles in productions of Shakespeare, contemporary plays and musicals in everything from small black box theaters to outdoor venues with 5,000 people in the audience. Besides performing, I have also worked professionally in costume departments, art departments, rigged lights and worked the light board.
I have helped many students of different nationalities and language backgrounds prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS University English exams, both IBT and PBT, written and oral. I work on grammatical points, vocabulary and sentence structure, and also improve the student's ability to comprehend stories in both written text and spoken format. We do numerous timed reading comprehension tests whereby students read various paragraphs and answer multiple questions. We learn suffixes and prefixes to help build vocabulary quickly. I explain the correct structure of a successful essay and then work on mastering those techniques for the different written exams. We practice techniques for the oral essay, trying to make the supporting arguments clear and strong. We also work on correct pronunciation, sentence cadence, and accent reduction. I give tips on "staying on point" during the oral exam and how to control being nervous during test time.
Note that my rate for TOEFL exam prep is $50 per hour for one student and $75 per hour for two students.
Writing is communicating. When done well it can expand a reader's point of view or transport him into an imaginary world where he will know the characters as well as his dearest friends.
I am an award-winning writer, professional story analyst, and was a judge for two screenplay contests in Los Angeles and a screening judge for the Sundance Film Festival for five years. Besides writing novels and plays, I have written hundreds of travel articles, and have two screenplays currently being produced in Hollywood.
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