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Paul B.

Watertown, MA

$45/hour

Experienced and dedicated French tutor

In-person lessons
300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/20/14
5.0 average from 172 ratings
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
— Irene, Newton Center, MA on 9/28/17

$45/Hour


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St. Mary's University of Minnesota
French, German
University of St. Thomas (St. Paul MN)
Master's

Education

St. Mary's University of Minnesota (French, German)

University of St. Thomas (St. Paul MN) (Master's)

About Paul

This is what I can offer to potential students:
ADULT - French for travelers, including passive vocabulary (what you might need to understand someone) and active vocabulary (what you might need to say). We can discuss cultural aspects that the traveler might encounter, as well as ideas on how to get around and sites to see.

ADULT - French more in depth for those who want to take on a serious longer term series of lessons in French. We would use a text which offers a coherent structure in the lessons as well as an organized sequence to the material. This does not preclude the student using web sites in between lessons and my bringing in other resources to complement the lesson. I like to speak as much French as possible in the lessons, but this depends on the comfort level of the student.

HIGH SCHOOL - Remedial work, extra help and enrichment work (for those students who want more than the regular class offers).

I have taught for 43 years in various high schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Massachusetts. My B.A. degree is in French and German. I lived in France for a year in the mid-seventies where I not only gained fluency but also confidence in the language. Since then, I have done summer classes in Tours, Rennes and Toulouse (France)and Quebec City and been the recipient of two NEH grants (Montreal/Quebec and Dakar, Senegal). I have been involved with school to school exchange programs with Marseille, France (six exchanges) and Abidjan, Ivory Coast (three exchanges).
In addition, I have organized and lead a number of two week spring trips to France where the students spent 6 out of the 13 days with a French family.

My greatest asset is my ability to adapt my teaching to where the student is at. I can bring in different techniques depending on the needs or level of the student. I believe in teaching incrementally, always just one step beyond where the student is at and bringing him or her one step further in skill building.

NOTE:
1] While I am not a native speaker of French, I speak the language fluently and have been told that I have an excellent accent.
2] I understand the pitfalls and challenges of American students learning French, be it pronunciation or structural patterns in the language. I have developed ways to address these issues to the satisfaction of the learners.
3] While a lot of my experience has been in high school, I am not a teacher about whom former students would say, "All we did in his class was grammar and translate. After four years I can't say anything!" My approach is getting the learner to understand and speak French. My class is not a grammar class.
This is what I can offer to potential students:
ADULT - French for travelers, including passive vocabulary (what you might need to understand someone) and active vocabulary (what you might need to say). We can discuss cultural aspects that the traveler might encounter, as well as ideas on how to get around and sites to see.

ADULT -
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Travels within 10 miles of Watertown, MA 02472
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Irene, Newton Center, MA on 9/28/17

"Great French tutor"

- Leda, Somerville, MA on 3/23/15

"Patient & Understanding!"

- Joan, Wellesley, MA on 2/5/15

"Amazing Tutor"

- John, Medfield, MA on 11/4/14
Language:
French

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French

After my degree in French I lived for a year in France, did various summer institutes in Tours, Rennes, Toulouse (France) and Quebec City (2x). I was also the recipient of two NEH grants (Montreal and Quebec and Dakar, Senegal). I was involved in school to school exchange programs with Marseille, France (six) and Abidjan, Ivory Coast (three). Most recently I organized and led six spring two week trips to France where six days the students stayed with a family.

St. Mary's University of Minnesota
French, German
University of St. Thomas (St. Paul MN)
Master's

Education

St. Mary's University of Minnesota (French, German)

University of St. Thomas (St. Paul MN) (Master's)

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

As an experienced educator, Paul knows how to reach a student and teach to their level. He had several workbook options, and found the ones tailored to me. I'm very pleased to have found Paul through Wyzant!

— Irene, Newton Center, MA on 9/28/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Travel policy

Paul will travel within 10 miles of Watertown, MA 02472.