Tufts University (French)
New York University (Master's)
I have 21 years of foreign language teaching experience with a Master's degree in French from New York University. I studied for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris and have taken my students to France and Quebec. I love working 1:1 with students of all levels and look forward to helping you or your child feel successful. I understand not everyone is enamored of learning a foreign language and am sensitive to the burnout effect. In many cases, students need to pass a course and move on. I can help them do just that. For those concerned with my Irish-American name, I assure you that I have near native fluency and an ear for accents. If you are an adult interested in touring and want to be ready to order coffee in a cafe, we can role play. If you are a serious student of French grammar and/or literature, "je suis toute a fait capable de vous aider!" So, let's get started!
I have 21 years of foreign language teaching experience with a Master's degree in French from New York University. I studied for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris and have taken my students to France and Quebec. I love working 1:1 with students of all levels and look forward to helping you or your child feel successful. I understand not everyone is
I have a Masters in French from New York University and a Bachelor's in French and Spanish from Tufts University. I studied for one year at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. My work experience includes high school foreign language teaching and bilingual administrative assistant positions in international banking and marketing.
First of all, I won an award for my penmanship in third grade. As an adult, I am complimented on my handwriting. But as a teacher and the parent of a child who had occupational therapy, I am familiar with the pincer grasp and adaptive tools to help young people better grasp the writing implement. I also understand that there is a system to forming letters, such as beginning to write the letter "o" from the top, then creating a circle in a clockwise direction. Similarly, the letter "d" should begin 1/4 of the distance up from the bottom, drop down counterclockwise, forming a "c" and then creating a downward stroke beginning 3/4 of the way to the top line.
I am also a fan of the penmanship books that have the lines sketched in and the directional arrows showing the learner how to form the letters. Repetition of course, is key. For children who have trouble manipulating pens and pencils, I would have them use play dough to form letters, as well as draw letters in sand and on the smart board (if available) with their fingers.
I am a foreign language teacher who is well versed in the phonetics of French and Spanish as well as my native English. I have also taught English as a Second Language in weekend programs in my area as well as English Language Arts in a parochial high school. I would be happy to work with children and adults learning to read English and/or French and Spanish.
I taught French and Spanish for over twenty years in public and private school. I prepared students for both regents exams and corrected them.
Tufts University, 1979, BA French and Spanish
NYU, 1990, MA
Spanish Embassy Scholarship study in Salamanca, Spain
Further study: Santander, Spain
Tenured Spanish teacher NYC Dept of Ed
Qualified Spanish interpreter
I was a middle and high school teacher for over twenty years and helped students regularly with study skills. I taught them to set aside a space in their home with proper lighting and limited distractions. I told them to make a schedule based on assignments and to keep a calendar to help plot out when papers were due and tests scheduled so that they could budget their time. I showed them how to keep an organized notebook and folder for each subject, how to use colored markers to highlight patterns, how to outline topics and to create quizzes for themselves. I also told them to create flash cards for the final few errors that they isolate from the quizzes they will have taken. I encouraged them to engage family or friends in quizzing them. I also recommended that they say their lessons aloud, that they teach someone else what they have been studying or pretend to teach out loud if no one is available.
I wrote a 100-page master's thesis and attended both Tufts University and the Sorbonne in Paris, where all my coursework required papers rather than exams. I love writing and reading on my own and editing is my specialty. I also spent a year interviewing clients and helping them with their resumes. I love helping others access their strengths and put their thoughts into words.