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 who 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; two others went from failing grades to A+. Those are results I love to see!! I am now currently the Organizer of a pilot program for The Hillsborough County...
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 who 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; two others went from failing grades to A+. 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 areas of expertise include a correct French pronunciation, a proven way to explain the intricacies of learning French, a fluency that only natives can have and a passion for teaching the correct way.
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 ty
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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 incredibly helpful for me. Colette has an amazing teaching style and you can definitely tell that she has a passion for passing on her knowledge. She was incredibly dedicated to making sure that I not only learned the material but mastered it as well. If there are any students looking for a tutor, especially IB students, i highly recommend Colette. She is by far the best tutor I have ever come across.Payton, 17 lessons with Colette
I started taking lessons with Colette in the middle of my junior year in the IB program, and she has drastically improved my understanding and performance in French class. Not only did she teach me skills to tackle the different parts of the IB French exam, but she also taught me general pronunciation and grammar rules that I didn’t learn in class. I recommend Colette to anyone struggling to understand their French class, and for those who just want to improve their French speaking skills.Dawn, 20 lessons with Colette
Very Helpful and Knowledgeable tutor
I received tutoring from Colette during my senior year in the IB program. Colette was very helpful in providing resources and finding things that would help me succeed. I felt like she makes an effort to not only help me pass tests but also to truly learn the language. Colette is very knowledgeable about the French language and even culture. Having the ability to talk to someone who is passionate about the language really facilitates learning. Overall, I am very satisfied with my experience with Colette. I have learned so much in just the last year which has truly allowed me to gain a passion to learn French. Last year, I was very dissatisfied with my French abilities, which led me to dislike learning the language. However, Colette makes french very interesting and engaging with her tutoring style. Thank you so much, Colette!Ania, 42 lessons with Colette
Colette tutored my son for more then 2 years . She is a excellent tutor . She is concerned about the student and wants to see them do well . She is willing take her time to make sure the student understands the material. She is caring . Respectful to the parents at all times . She will make the material fun and interesting for the student . She will go out of her way to help the student and parents. If I could go back in time and change one thing in my life . I would like to have Colette as my tutor . She is truly one of a kind . Thank You Colette for the time you took to help my son I will be forever gratefulRANDY, 102 lessons with Colette
Knowledgeable, nice, & patient tutor
My daughter had four sessions with Collette. She is always on time & prepared with lesson plans. My daughter reading and writing skills are improving . I highly recommend her.Dwauna, 12 lessons with Colette
She did a fantastic job of explaining and expanding upon things I didn't initially understand. The sheets that I printed out before hand also gave me an added visual aid that I don't necessarily get when learning in the classroom.Mitchell, 59 lessons with Colette
Colette was very easy to communicate with and set appointments. My daughter really likes working with Colette. She sends great worksheets the night before to work through during the lesson. My daughter says Colette is very nice and she seems to really be helping with her French.Wendy, 5 lessons with Colette
Excellent French Tutor With Excellent Results from Freshman year to Senior year
Our son has been working with Colette for 3 1/2 years now. He started toward the end of his first semester freshman year at a local IB school. He had received an A and then a B. I was informed by the teacher that B's were good and I should not worry and that tutors were not necessary. I completely agree that B's are good but I know what my son is capable of., When I inquired about what he was learning I soon found out that listening to music and watching movies were the norm. I couldn't understand how he was to become fluent with this type of teaching so I followed my instincts and hired Colette. Wow!!! Colette has been the best "investment" that we have ever made in our son's education. She was immediately interested in what he was learning in school and poured through his french text books. Colette has many students and individualizes all of her lesson plans for each of her students needs. She is a stickler for correct pronunciation and proper grammar. Colette expects a lot from her students, but not more than she gives. If there was ever a question or a concept that our son was unclear on, she would return the next lesson or email him with a different approach and keep working with him until the concept was mastered. She is kind and patient and completely dedicated to her students successes. Colette is also very detailed in he lesson summary and review to parents. Not speaking french, I would have no idea what they were working on; however, with the extent of material in her reports we knew our son was in good hands. Thank you Colette for your dedication. French became enjoyable for our son very shortly after you entered the picture. His confidence blossomed almost overnight and he is now fluent in french and a leader in his class. As he approaches his IB exams, French is not one that he is stressing about. I recommed Colette to anyone serious about learning the French language.Leslie, 103 lessons with Colette
Extremely helpful and knowledgeable
I'm learning French and have been having a very hard time with it. She has most definitely lightened my spirits and given me hope. She is a wonderful tutor and very understanding. She teaches you the right stuff and makes sure you understand it. She even is willing to help outside of regular tutoring without charging. She is a wonderful tutor and I highly advise you all to take her.Olivia, 6 lessons with Colette
Great tutoring, easy scheduling
Colette is easy to work with and very helpful. She makes it easy to find a time to meet and has very accessible times.Jill, 5 lessons with Colette
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