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Colette J.

Tampa, FL


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Background check passed as of 6/14/13
5.0 average from 594 ratings
Absolutely amazing!
— Payton, Tampa, FL on 6/2/16

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Notre Dame de Paris
International Affairs


Notre Dame de Paris

International Affairs (Other)

About Colette

I have traveled the world and helped hundreds of people who needed to learn languages. Whether from English to French, or French to English, or to help those that have little or no English learn the English language. One of my students in a local high school scored the highest grade in all of Hillsborough county in her 2014 IB Test. Those are results I love to see!! I am now currently the Organizer of a pilot program for The Hillsborough County Literacy Council to teach those who want to learn English whether with every day learning, vocabulary, reading or grammar.

When I came to the United States, I spoke a mixture of French, Italian and Spanish. I didn't speak a word of English and felt inadequate in communicating with others. Not only was I extremely successful in learning the language, but I have mastered an extensive vocabulary, exact grammar and with no French accent. Since I had to learn a new language as an adult, I obtained a completely different outlook on how to best learn a new language and achieve consistent results.

My experience includes teaching American citizens relocating to France, and French citizens relocating to the United States; translating books and pamphlets, correcting and proofreading numerous articles and brochures. I have written articles in French for different websites. I made a long term career in the legal field. I privately tutor seven students (from various countries including Haiti, Columbia, Panama, Algeria, Russia) for the Literacy Council in areas of basic English, vocabulary, grammar and reading.

I take great pride in my teaching capabilities and especially transferring that knowledge to others. It's a journey that leads to a far better life, better curriculum and numerous more doors to be opened. If that is the type of help you need, if you want to excel or if you need to learn French or English as a second language, call me. We can explore all kinds of different avenues in languages together and together, we can accomplish huge milestones! Your goals are my goals, your successes become my objectives.
I have traveled the world and helped hundreds of people who needed to learn languages. Whether from English to French, or French to English, or to help those that have little or no English learn the English Read more

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Travels within 10 miles of Tampa, FL 33618
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"Absolutely amazing!"

- Payton, Tampa, FL on 6/2/16

"Great Tutor"

- Wendy, Phoenix, AZ on 7/20/16

"Excellent French Tutor With Excellent Results from Freshman year to Senior year"

- Leslie, Lutz, FL on 5/11/16

"Extremely helpful and knowledgeable"

- Olivia, Port Charlotte, FL on 2/16/16

"Great tutoring, easy scheduling"

- Jill, Spearfish, SD on 12/4/15


- Rena, Lutz, FL on 8/19/15

"Amazing Tutor"

- Javaris, Tampa, FL on 2/24/14

"Enjoying French with Colette!"

- Ileen, Oldsmar, FL on 10/27/13

"Great tutor, very dedicated and punctual"

- Vidya, Tampa, FL on 4/29/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Sadie, Tampa, FL on 1/4/13

"Fantastic - always prepared, patient, professional."

- Susan, Lutz, FL on 12/17/12

"The Perfect Experience"

- Shelley, Wesley Chapel, FL on 11/21/12

"Colette is an awesome tutor!!"

- Donnell, Tampa, FL on 11/7/12


- Lina, Tampa, FL on 10/24/12


- Dace, Tampa, FL on 10/23/12
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Through the Hillsborough County Literacy Council, I have taught many students how to read, write, and especially how to speak the English language. Learning English can be a fun adventure and goals can be accomplished quickly. Grammar and vocabulary are the basis of making learning English a rewarding experience. Teaching is also rewarding when you share the journey with the student when they are led to real accomplishments.


Coming from a long line of French diplomats, my family still resides in different regions of France. Every year, I return to visit my family in Paris. I am fluent, have no accent either in French or in English and love to share the proper diction, vocabulary and grammar while having fun at the same time.

I have a Baccalaureate in International Affairs and have lived in several European countries.

One of my French students received the highest grade in Hillsborough County on her 2014 senior IB test. Most of my students can expect to see results from barely passing or flunking to the mid-to-high 90s on tests. Those are results I would love to share with others. I would love to broaden your horizons by walking this French journey with you!!


Grammar is like putting words into a puzzle and making it fit. Once the basics are incorporated, it becomes fun to learn. If one does not understand the concept of grammar, serious disadvantages can occur. Knowing proper grammar can open a lot of new possibilities, including self assurance, confidence and enthusiasm with the knowledge that the proper grammar is used. Getting the basic tools is very important and vital to good speech, especially in creating homework, writing and passing tests.


Numerous people do not know the importance of a comma, semi colon or punctuation. With 40 years of legal background, I have a special eye for good punctuation and sentence construction. I have proofread books, brochures, briefs, contracts, CAFERs, etc. Loving the "word" is respecting the meaning of a sentence and without good grammar and punctuation, the flow is ruined. Punctuation and grammar need to be in perfect unison for those that will read the context.


Reading is fun and opens so many avenues in life. From early infancy to our older days, reading means adventure, dreams, hopes and goals. What is life without being able to read? There are no doors that can be opened without reading. If you make this subject fun, it can take on a new meaning of becoming a "must" do as opposed to a "have" to. Reading opens the minds to infinite possibilities and the journey is indescribable.


There are so many ways to express words. Knowing the intricacies of the English vocabulary enhances the mind. Learning how to use vocabulary to mean the same thing but using different words opens up a whole world of possibilities. If you have a strong vocabulary, you can write anything. Make vocabulary a game and you'll see the attention perk up into new horizons.


Who wouldn't want to know how to express the written word? Whether for just simple cards to express feelings, to writing a book or short story, writing a description or a paragraph, knowing how to write opens a whole new world of possibilities. Transferring words into sentences to form a whole story is the key. Learn how to express emotions by putting it on paper and letting the sentences become the translation. I have written numerous contracts, short stories, publicity and have always been helped by knowing how to write. Let me show you how!

Notre Dame de Paris
International Affairs


Notre Dame de Paris

International Affairs (Other)

Absolutely amazing! — Colette was an absolutely amazing tutor, I could not have possibly asked for someone better. I found her after looking into tutors who were familiar with the IB program as I was an IB student in High School. I decided to invest in a french tutor to help prepare me for the IB French Exam specifically. Colette was completely familiar with the formatting and topics involved in the exam which was incr ...

— Payton, Tampa, FL on 6/2/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

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Colette will travel within 10 miles of Tampa, FL 33618.