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St. Mary of the Woods College (B.A. French)
Loyola University (French) (Master's)
I began my career in French by taking 3 years in high school at Marywood Academy in Evanston, Illinois. My credits included one year of study in an "Early Bird" college program at Mundelein College in Chicago. Afterwards I received a B.A. in French from St. Mary of the Woods College in Indiana and then completed a Masters degree in French Language with a focus on French Literature, from Loyola University of Chicago.
During my undergraduate years I minored in French secondary education with an A in student teaching. Upon graduation I received the Illinois State Teacher Certification for French grades 6-12. My current French teaching Certification includes "Highly Qualified" status with the French Endorsement. For three summers in 2011, 2013, and 2015, I completed Advanced Placement French Language and Culture certification courses/ workshops (two with graduate school credit). The Advanced Placement French Language and Culture, also called French 5, is comparable to teaching a 3rd year college French class.
Some pertinent facts about my training in teaching, language and literature study, and living abroad experiences are included in the following: I attended and received certification from the Tutor Applied Linguistics Center in Geneva, Switzerland for an innovative Audio-Visual method of teaching French.
I subsequently used this method for teaching high school. A few years later I went to Paris and attended special summer courses for French teachers and received certificates from the University of Paris, the Sorbonne. The courses were in French language, civilization, and advanced French conversation. I have traveled extensively in France including the last five summers. In the past 4 years I completed an additional 15 hours of graduate level credits in French and Education courses beyond the masters.
Most recently, I completed many hours of continuing education courses, in-service workshops, and several courses at the Alliance Française of Chicago in advanced French language and French film. The Alliance Française is a worldwide French school under the auspices of the French government offering courses from beginner and children's level to the most advanced French conversation, literature, culture and film study, taught by native French speakers.
Some other experiences in French language and related work are: In the summer of 2007, at Lake Forest College, I was part of workshop in collaboration with college professors and new and experienced high school teachers of French, Chemistry, Social Studies, English and Drama. I continue to attend French Teacher workshops especially those sponsored by the American Association of French Teachers (I have been a member for many years)-Northern Illinois Chapter. I was a graduate of Loyola in the M.A program "cum laude" and earned honors at the undergraduate level in the National French Honor Society. At Loyola University, I took undergraduate courses in Spanish and several undergraduate Italian courses to pass a required portion of the French M.A. (with Italian) examination in order to receive the M.A. from Loyola.
I am currently studying to receive my teacher's certification in Italian.
Through the years, I participated and tutored students who earned awards in the annual high school French contest sponsored by the American Association of French teachers. I chaperoned a group of French students on a trip to Montréal and Québec Canada and to French restaurants and cultural events in the Chicago area. In undergraduate school I did an internship teaching kindergarten students French.
I am in my 18th year of teaching high school French. I work full time at a North Suburban high school where I am tenured and am in my 10th year. My current schedule includes French levels 2 and 4.
I also teach AP French -- the College Level or French 5 course for our High School, and am in my 5th year of teaching AP. This is an extremely interesting and advanced class for the highest level students and centers around 6 themes. It demands rigorous preparation in French language, grammar, conversation, literature and culture. Students take the course to prepare for the AP French Language and Culture Exam In the spring. I am very enthusiastic about this and all the classes I teach- even the most beginner level French classes.
In French 1,2 & 3, and 4, we use an audio visual approach with video clips, and audio files, and a lot of
speaking drills and grammar drills. The technology and content in the EMC program has so many
incredible resources ---it is the very latest textbook series available for high school French teachers.
I make use of a great many activities from beginning level to the most advanced. All of our students gain
cultural enrichment as they advance in the four language skills - Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening French. These newer resources have greatly enhanced our students' language learning.
My experience in teaching French has been an extremely rewarding and positive one. My love and life-long passion for learning and speaking French continues! It is something I can't help but communicate to my students. Finally, I spent time in 5 of the last summers since 2008 in France and I have what is considered a native fluency in French. I continue to thrive on French - a most wondrous language. My hope is that more and more people learn this most beautiful language. I began my career in French by taking 3 years in high school at Marywood Academy in Evanston, Illinois. My credits included one year of study in an "Early Bird" college program at Mundelein College in Chicago. Afterwards I received a B.A. in French from St. Mary of the Woods College in
My 15 year old son was evaluated today by Patricia & together they reviewed French Level 2. Thank you so much for your knowledge, time & patience.
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I have a Master's Degree in French and 18 years teaching experience in high school French. I am in my 5th year of teaching AP French, and have taught mostly the higher level courses - French 4 and 3.
I have completed 3 Certification classes for AP French. In addition I have courses beyond the Masters in French as well as other secondary education coursework. I hold certificates from completed courses at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and a language institute in Geneva, Switzerland. I have traveled extensively in France & have a native fluency in French. I hold the "highly qualified" designation from the Illinois State Board of Education on my Teaching Certificate.