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Leigh A.

French, Spanish, English language and literature

French, Spanish, English language and literature

$30/hour

  • 450 hours tutoring

  • Rochester, MI 48307

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Bio

I have been tutoring since I was 15 years old because I am bilingual in French and English. I have been teaching French and Spanish at University since 1964 when I was a teaching assistant at Stanford University. I taught as a University Fellow at Princeton University in 1970.

I have also taught French and Spanish at Rider College, New Jersey, Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and Rochester College in Rochester, Michigan, where I...

I have been tutoring since I was 15 years old because I am bilingual in French and English. I have been teaching French and Spanish at University since 1964 when I was a teaching assistant at Stanford University. I taught as a University Fellow at Princeton University in 1970.

I have also taught French and Spanish at Rider College, New Jersey, Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and Rochester College in Rochester, Michigan, where I am an adjunct in Spanish. I also teach at Rochester Community Schools (Adult Ed.). I have also taught children for the Rochester School System. I have French classes in my home, and I also have classes and tutoring sessions at other peoples' homes.

One of the things I have enjoyed the most have been my lessons through Skype because I have been able to teach people all over the world: Reading, England, Lausanne, Switzerland, Roumania, Singapore, Argentina, etc. Some of this work was done through Language Trainers.

My students usually do stay with me a long time because I make the lessons fun, and they learn at their own pace. Each person has a different way of learning, and I try to cater to that. For my Spanish students this year, we had a wonderful video I used for comprehension, and I was delighted to see that my students were able to understand nearly everything they heard by the end of the second semester. We also did Nulu articles, which were fun, and some Spanish stories from Youtube, which one of my students could imitate perfectly. We read some children's books too.

I specialize in young adults and adults. I do not tutor children younger than age 11 because that requires special training and I am trained to work with young adults.

In my French classes, there are Youtube videos, TF1.fr., the French television station on the internet, and some wonderful kids' books to read.


Education

Hunter College of the City of N.Y.
undergrad
Stanford Univ.
Masters
Princeton Univ.
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $30
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 3 miles of Rochester, MI 48307
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/24/2014

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have scholarly books and articles on Chaucer; I have taught English at Rochester College, and I have taught ESL for PALS International.I am a writer of historical fiction for children and young adults. I won the Michigan State History Award for books for children and young adults for my The Journals of Kevin Murphy: Summer of the Bear.
French,

French

I have an M.A., Stanford University, M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University, French Medieval Literature. I attended Universities in Genève and Lausanne, Switzerland, University of Lille, Boulogne-sur-mer in France, Oxford University, England. Lived in Les Issambres, France. I taught students of all ages all over the world as a professor and as a tutor.
Grammar,

Grammar

Since I have three masters and a Ph.D. in French and Spanish, since I am a writer of historical fiction, and since I have written many books and articles in English, I guess my grammar in all three languages - is good. Ironically, I do know much more about French and Spanish grammar than English. Since grammar is emphasized in foreign language study, I had to learn these grammars cold when I began teaching. That said, I prefer to emphasize learning phrases that the student can use in everyday speech and upon which he can build by substituting vocabulary words, because it is difficult to carry on a conversation when one is always trying to reason out the correct grammatical construction.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I was the Editor-in-Chief of Solaris Press, where I edited the essays and books of the top professors in French and English. I have published 14 books of my own (three scholarly works, seven children's books, and four novels), two scholarly studies, an edition of an Old French Text, and two scholarly collections of essays.
Spanish

Spanish

Masters in Spanish, Stanford University. I taught Spanish at Rider College, New Jersey, and at Rochester College, Rochester, Michigan. I also tutor students in beginning and intermediate Spanish.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Since I have three masters and a Ph.D. in French and Spanish, since I am a writer of historical fiction, and since I have written many books and articles in English, I guess my grammar in all three languages - is good. Ironically, I do know much more about French and Spanish grammar than English. Since grammar is emphasized in foreign language study, I had to learn these grammars cold when I began teaching. That said, I prefer to emphasize learning phrases that the student can use in everyday speech and upon which he can build by substituting vocabulary words, because it is difficult to carry on a conversation when one is always trying to reason out the correct grammatical construction.
Reading,

Reading

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I write historical fiction for young adults.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I write historical fiction for young adults.

English

English,

English

Native American. Ph.D., Princeton University. Published academic author and fiction writer. Professor. Wrote and edited Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction, for which I chose the top scholars of the day to contribute essays. Was nominated for a pushcart prize for my article, "The Two Sarahs of the Merchant's Tale," by Ball State University Forum, Wrote the fundamental paper, "Antinomic Cluster Analysis" on Chaucer, Currently write historical fiction novels for young adults for which I won an award from the Michigan Historical Society. Have taught Freshman English for Rochester College and ESL for Pals International and WyzAnt.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have scholarly books and articles on Chaucer; I have taught English at Rochester College, and I have taught ESL for PALS International.I am a writer of historical fiction for children and young adults. I won the Michigan State History Award for books for children and young adults for my The Journals of Kevin Murphy: Summer of the Bear.
Grammar,

Grammar

Since I have three masters and a Ph.D. in French and Spanish, since I am a writer of historical fiction, and since I have written many books and articles in English, I guess my grammar in all three languages - is good. Ironically, I do know much more about French and Spanish grammar than English. Since grammar is emphasized in foreign language study, I had to learn these grammars cold when I began teaching. That said, I prefer to emphasize learning phrases that the student can use in everyday speech and upon which he can build by substituting vocabulary words, because it is difficult to carry on a conversation when one is always trying to reason out the correct grammatical construction.
Literature,

Literature

I have scholarly books and articles on Chaucer; I have taught English at Rochester College.I am a writer of historical fiction for children and young adults. I won the Michigan State History Award for books for children and young adults for my The Journals of Kevin Murphy, I: Summer of the Bear.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I was the Editor-in-Chief of Solaris Press, where I edited the essays and books of the top professors in French and English. I have published 14 books of my own (three scholarly works, seven children's books, and four novels), two scholarly studies, an edition of an Old French Text, and two scholarly collections of essays.
Reading,

Reading

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I write historical fiction for young adults.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I write historical fiction for young adults.
Writing

Writing

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I am a publised writer of historical fiction for young adults. I won an award from the Michigan Historical Society for the best book for children and young adults (Summer of the Bear).

Homeschool

English,

English

Native American. Ph.D., Princeton University. Published academic author and fiction writer. Professor. Wrote and edited Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction, for which I chose the top scholars of the day to contribute essays. Was nominated for a pushcart prize for my article, "The Two Sarahs of the Merchant's Tale," by Ball State University Forum, Wrote the fundamental paper, "Antinomic Cluster Analysis" on Chaucer, Currently write historical fiction novels for young adults for which I won an award from the Michigan Historical Society. Have taught Freshman English for Rochester College and ESL for Pals International and WyzAnt.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have scholarly books and articles on Chaucer; I have taught English at Rochester College, and I have taught ESL for PALS International.I am a writer of historical fiction for children and young adults. I won the Michigan State History Award for books for children and young adults for my The Journals of Kevin Murphy: Summer of the Bear.
French,

French

I have an M.A., Stanford University, M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University, French Medieval Literature. I attended Universities in Genève and Lausanne, Switzerland, University of Lille, Boulogne-sur-mer in France, Oxford University, England. Lived in Les Issambres, France. I taught students of all ages all over the world as a professor and as a tutor.
Reading,

Reading

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I write historical fiction for young adults.
Spanish,

Spanish

Masters in Spanish, Stanford University. I taught Spanish at Rider College, New Jersey, and at Rochester College, Rochester, Michigan. I also tutor students in beginning and intermediate Spanish.
Writing

Writing

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I am a publised writer of historical fiction for young adults. I won an award from the Michigan Historical Society for the best book for children and young adults (Summer of the Bear).

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have scholarly books and articles on Chaucer; I have taught English at Rochester College, and I have taught ESL for PALS International.I am a writer of historical fiction for children and young adults. I won the Michigan State History Award for books for children and young adults for my The Journals of Kevin Murphy: Summer of the Bear.
French,

French

I have an M.A., Stanford University, M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University, French Medieval Literature. I attended Universities in Genève and Lausanne, Switzerland, University of Lille, Boulogne-sur-mer in France, Oxford University, England. Lived in Les Issambres, France. I taught students of all ages all over the world as a professor and as a tutor.
Spanish

Spanish

Masters in Spanish, Stanford University. I taught Spanish at Rider College, New Jersey, and at Rochester College, Rochester, Michigan. I also tutor students in beginning and intermediate Spanish.

Most Popular

English,

English

Native American. Ph.D., Princeton University. Published academic author and fiction writer. Professor. Wrote and edited Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction, for which I chose the top scholars of the day to contribute essays. Was nominated for a pushcart prize for my article, "The Two Sarahs of the Merchant's Tale," by Ball State University Forum, Wrote the fundamental paper, "Antinomic Cluster Analysis" on Chaucer, Currently write historical fiction novels for young adults for which I won an award from the Michigan Historical Society. Have taught Freshman English for Rochester College and ESL for Pals International and WyzAnt.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have scholarly books and articles on Chaucer; I have taught English at Rochester College, and I have taught ESL for PALS International.I am a writer of historical fiction for children and young adults. I won the Michigan State History Award for books for children and young adults for my The Journals of Kevin Murphy: Summer of the Bear.
French,

French

I have an M.A., Stanford University, M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University, French Medieval Literature. I attended Universities in Genève and Lausanne, Switzerland, University of Lille, Boulogne-sur-mer in France, Oxford University, England. Lived in Les Issambres, France. I taught students of all ages all over the world as a professor and as a tutor.
Reading,

Reading

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I write historical fiction for young adults.
Spanish,

Spanish

Masters in Spanish, Stanford University. I taught Spanish at Rider College, New Jersey, and at Rochester College, Rochester, Michigan. I also tutor students in beginning and intermediate Spanish.
Writing

Writing

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I am a publised writer of historical fiction for young adults. I won an award from the Michigan Historical Society for the best book for children and young adults (Summer of the Bear).

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have scholarly books and articles on Chaucer; I have taught English at Rochester College, and I have taught ESL for PALS International.I am a writer of historical fiction for children and young adults. I won the Michigan State History Award for books for children and young adults for my The Journals of Kevin Murphy: Summer of the Bear.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have scholarly books and articles on Chaucer; I have taught English at Rochester College, and I have taught ESL for PALS International.I am a writer of historical fiction for children and young adults. I won the Michigan State History Award for books for children and young adults for my The Journals of Kevin Murphy: Summer of the Bear.
French,

French

I have an M.A., Stanford University, M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University, French Medieval Literature. I attended Universities in Genève and Lausanne, Switzerland, University of Lille, Boulogne-sur-mer in France, Oxford University, England. Lived in Les Issambres, France. I taught students of all ages all over the world as a professor and as a tutor.
Reading,

Reading

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I write historical fiction for young adults.
Spanish,

Spanish

Masters in Spanish, Stanford University. I taught Spanish at Rider College, New Jersey, and at Rochester College, Rochester, Michigan. I also tutor students in beginning and intermediate Spanish.
Writing

Writing

I have two master's degrees from Stanford University, one in the poetry of François villon; the other in the entremeses of Cervantes. I have a Master's and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where I specialized in textualism and a literary study of La Chastelaine de Vergi. I edited scholarly essays for The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction. I have written seminal papers of Chaucer, and I am a publised writer of historical fiction for young adults. I won an award from the Michigan Historical Society for the best book for children and young adults (Summer of the Bear).

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Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (224 ratings)
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Reviews


Thorough and friendly

Leigh went through my textbook with me at the pace I needed (which was a slow pace) and was thorough and a delight the entire time. She was kind enough to grade my homework before our next class so that I can ask any questions when we begin.

Katia, 31 lessons with Leigh

Knowledgeable and helpful tutor

Leigh was very welcoming and friendly upon our first introduction and session. I was very nervous to begin speaking french but she was very helpful and encouraged me to continue speaking in french, even if I was unsure of a certain word or conjugation. She gave me helpful resources to continue to work on my pronunciation and grammar outside of our sessions, one of which I already ordered on amazon! I look forward to learning more from her and becoming more comfortable with speaking french!

Rachel, 2 lessons with Leigh

Excellent

Very accommodating with meeting dates / times. My daughter LOVED her and is looking forward to continued sessions to improve her Spanish speaking skills. I would highly recommend Leigh for anyone wanting to improve their Spanish.

Molly, 1 lesson with Leigh

She is a wonderful and knowledgeable tutor

My daughter loves her. She felt that she was very patient and she taught her and helped her in away that my daughter understood. I highly recommended her.

Tracy, 11 lessons with Leigh

Excellent teacher

Leigh helped me with my ESL. She is very nice and funny, during our lesson we worked to improve my spoken English reading books and speaking about various arguments. She made every lesson interesting and pleasant.

Agnese, 26 lessons with Leigh

Love her french pronounciation

Leigh 's pronounciation of french is awesome, She is very patient and takes time to go over smth you are not sure

Rita, 13 lessons with Leigh

Excellent!

Leigh was a great instructor and I learned lots! She was dedicated, patient and went above and beyond many times! I really learned a lot and appreciated all her help!

Christina, 8 lessons with Leigh

Wealth of Knowledge

I can't wait for my next lesson. Not only is Leigh helping me rediscover the French language but helping to prepare me for my trip

Cheryl, 3 lessons with Leigh

Great Tutor, Easy to work with

Leigh is so knowledgeable of the French language and I have found this has been so helpful while I begin to learn French. She is accommodating (we have found a nice spot that is comfortable for us both to have our lessons) and easy to communicate with. We are moving along with the lessons and she is very good about detecting when I'm not truly grasping something and finds another way of reviewing or explaining. I truly look forward to my lessons each week.

Claire, 8 lessons with Leigh

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