A bit about me… : )
I am originally from Cannes (South-East of France), i.e. I was born there. But when I was 3, I moved to Belfort, in a region called Franche-Comté (Noth- East), not very far from Switzerland, the land of forests (44 % of the area is covered in them), of cheese (Comté, Mont d’Or, Morbier, Bleu de Gex, Cancoillotte) and wine (red, white, rosé and two very special wines called yellow wine and Vin de Paille (Straw Wine). It is also where we make Peugeot cars and the French fast train, the famous TGV. Then I moved further north, to Strasbourg (in Alsace, also- a good place for wine, and skiing!), to study at university. After completing my studies in history, I decided to broaden my horizons by going abroad to teach and learn other languages myself.
What type of French accent do you have?
This isn’t an easy question to answer. I’d say it’s a fairly neutral accent. French people aren’t usually able to connect it to any particular city or region. Everyone has some sort of accent though (yes, yes, EVERYONE!) and I guess it’s more similar to that spoken in the North of France.
Why do you teach?
Because I love languages and I love meeting new people from all over the world, learning about their traditions, cultures, personal interests and professions; in fact, I think I learn from my students as much as they learn from me.
I find it captivating to see people learning a new language and by doing so, achieving their wider goals (ex: applying for a new job in France, talking to their French-speaking family-in-law etc.). It is very nice to help people progress and see them becoming more confident as a result.
I just love it, and I feel really privileged whenever a student comes to me and asks my help. Therefore I’ll always try to do my best and go the extra mile to help my students.
Have you done any teacher training?
Yes, I have two teaching qualifications:
- International House Certificate in French Language Teaching to Adults.
- Metropolitan University – DTLLS: Diploma To Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
What is your teaching experience?
I have been teaching French for about 14 years in France, Germany and England. I have taught all levels and all age groups in a wide range of settings:
- universities (Birkbeck University & City University in London),
- language schools,
- public institutions (for ex: Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)/ Canadian High Commission)
- primary schools,
and of course, on Skype and Zoom!
Can you describe how you teach French on Skype or Zoom & your teaching approach?
Yes, I can! To learn more, please click here.
A bientôt sur Skype or Zoom! : )