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Washington University (Washington University in St. Louis) (French, History)
University of Virginia (Master's)
University of Virginia (PhD)
I have taught extensively at the college level: French language, literature, and culture; literature in translation; comparative literature; English composition; and women's and gender studies. I have also taught French to 5th - 8th graders and tutored middle- and elementary-school students. I have traveled to France twice with small groups of university students. Although I love reading and foreign languages, I originally planned to postpone college until my early 40's. I spent high school training as a professional ballet dancer. An injury caused me to rethink my career plans. Since then I have worked primarily as a teacher, but have loved my jobs as a landscaper as well.
Tutoring, unlike classroom teaching, allows me to target lessons to help students strengthen areas of weakness and further develop areas of strength. In a one-on-one setting, students get exactly what they need - no more and no less. I love watching them gain confidence over time.
I hold an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French literature and have taught French for over 20 years in a university setting, from French 101 through advanced literature classes. I have tutored French elementary school students in France and American students of all ages in the U.S. Something about learning a new language often makes us feel like small children again, vulnerable and powerless. Yet it can also be an enjoyable process. Experience has taught me the most common pitfalls. I have developed different strategies for presenting and studying course material successfully.
Reading and writing - not just in French, but also in English - comprise a large part of a professor's job. I strive for clarity and precision in my own writing. At the same time, I have worked with numerous students to hone their ability to express themselves in English. Studies show that as a student learns to write better, their analytical skills improve as well (I had always expected the opposite!). I have taught many classes in English either for the specific purpose of improving reading and writing, or with a significant reading and writing component. I have always complemented the classroom experience with one-on-one meetings to help students focus on analyzing and improving their work.
Having worked with many students as a teacher and academic advisor, I feel that I have acquired an understanding of some of the ways school can feel overwhelming. I'd like to help you feel empowered and capable. Please get in touch and we can discuss the challenges you (or your child) face as well as your goals. I have taught extensively at the college level: French language, literature, and culture; literature in translation; comparative literature; … Read more
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