Who am I?
I am a Vermont-certified teacher, and I have been teaching French to people of all ages for over a decade (almost 2 at this point, but shh!) I am a 2015 VT Teacher of the Year nominee and a magna cum laude Middlebury Grad. I studied French literature at the University of Paris. I have traveled extensively to France and participated in a Rotary Group Study Exchange for 5 weeks in 2013. I spoke to groups daily about American culture (in French) and visited and interviewed business owners, school directors, television presenters and other industry leaders. I am an active member of many local French groups and participate in cultural offerings on a regular basis including lectures and book groups. I earned a grade of 100% on the Praxis Teacher Assessment in French in all areas of fluency: written, spoken, heard and read.
About the groups
My teaching style uses interactive activities to work toward fluency. We laugh a lot in my groups, and over half of my former students have now taken successful trips to France and ordered breakfast, bought a newspaper, made new friends, etc. We work toward fluency in speaking, reading, writing and listening. We watch videos, listen to music, read stories, and play games in French, to really get you engaged and working with the material. Coffee and Tea are provided as part of the fee.
It’s important to make sure that a class meets your needs and matches where you are and what you want to learn. I do a lot of work with this group and they direct what they want to learn. Generally, I make suggestions and they decide what their priorities are. They’ve been together for a while, some people coming in, others moving on. They’re open, fun, and motivated. We have a lot of conversations in French in class, but I generally explain grammatical concepts in English.