Temple University, Philadelphia (Communications)
universite d'aix en provence (Graduate Coursework)
One of my passions in life is French -- speaking, writing and reading it. I have been teaching high school French for the past four years. My approach to teaching is much different than that of the typical foreign language teacher. Sadly, many students, if not the majority, spend years in a classroom studying a foreign language only to come away with very limited speaking ability. From day one, I insist that my students begin speaking, either through memorization of dialogs, recitation of verbs and common every day phrases. By the time, my beginning level one high school students reach level two, they can not only speak using correct grammar, but they are confident in their ability to express themselves. I teach them pronunciation, which can be a major stumbling block for the French language beginner. Most importantly, I teach them not to fear the language because of their inability to pronounce it correctly. I use a variety of methods and tools including French in Action, Fluenz software and the dialogs that I have created based on the textbook Glencoe Bienvenue French for levels I and II.
I am not a native speaker, but that truly doesn't matter. Personally, I have had many native speakers, both in the United States and France, who taught me French grammar, but were unsuccessful in teaching me how to speak. Through my experience, I believe this is a skill that most native speakers do not have because they are not looking at language acquisition from the perspective of the student.
Because I learned French later than most people, I know exactly the challenges that the student faces when trying to speak, which can be very daunting at first. Instead of bombarding the student with a lot of grammar and vocabulary that he or she will most likely not remember because it is not taught in context, I keep it simple from the beginning. This simplicity is the key to speaking the language.
I currently hold a New Mexico Level II teacher's license with endorsements in French and Visual Arts. I have lived in France for several years and I attended l'Universite d' Aix-en-Provence where I studied and immersed myself in the French language and culture for three years.
Call me. Let's have a conversation. I will be delighted to speak to you either in English or French. I know I can teach and you will come away from my tutoring sessions amazed that you CAN speak this language. All it takes is some work and your commitment to WANT to speak! I'll take care of the rest. One of my passions in life is French -- speaking, writing and reading it. I have been teaching high school French for the past four years. My approach to teaching is much different than that of the typical foreign language teacher. Sadly, many students, if not the majority, spend years in a classroom studying a foreign language only to come away
New Mexico Level II Teaching License - Endorsement in French
Temple University, Universite Aix-en-Provence