I am an experienced teacher and and empathic one at that. I can usually read and draw out students no matter their personality. My schoolhouse location offers the ability to teach a lesson, use video, cooking, art, games and the regular "school" work necessary for learning a language.
Do I need to pick just one thing?
I LOVE seeing the look on a student's face when the light bulb finally goes off and they are able to understand and respond in their newfound language.
I LOVE it when, on the fly, I can change a lesson plan or explain something when an opportunity presents itself. It is so great to be able to have the freedom to teach in the moment - give the student what they need when they show they are ready to learn it.
I LOVE students "why" questions. It means they are thinking. Helping create thinkers makes for a better, stronger and more community within the world.
I LOVE the giggling of little kids (and even big ones!) when they discover that "Je suis finit" means "I am dead" and that they must use "J'ai finit" to mean "I have finished."
Mde Liv works to give me the grounding in the basics, carefully explaining the importance of learning them, and then expanding from those basics to give me a working understanding of French in a Very short time. She is amazing!
Liv is beautiful person with lots of knowledge and a great resource. Not only does she help me with translations and grammar, she has always been very gracious with broadening my English and explaining American interpretations of words. She has helped me to become a better writer by expanding my vocabulary and encourage me to apply new words and meanings to broaden my knowledge and comprehension of the English language. Being bi-lingual herself she recognizes and understands my language struggles, and that the Dutch way can be sometimes so different from American language and culture.
Liv is a spectacular French teacher! She not only teaches in classes at a local high school, but offers private French lessons as well. I was quite rusty after taking a few years off from French classes while at the University of Washington, so when I decided to start back up again, I began with a few private lessons with Liv. She tailored the lessons to exactly what I needed - quick refreshers from the very beginning and then worked her way up until I was comfortable and confident going back into the university language course setting. It was exactly what I needed and I learned a lot from her that helped me tremendously moving forward with my studies of the French language. Because of the memory tricks and methods that she showed me, I was able to do well enough in the next year to spend a semester at l’Université de Nantes and further develop my French skills. I credit Liv with much of my confidence in the language and the foundations that allowed me to excel. I would recommend Liv to anyone who is interested in French tutoring!
I typically find that students are missing some very important fundamentals. Once those are reviewed and mastered, all else falls into place. First class is often 1.5 hours as a result.
I think what is most important is establishing a comfort with my students and figuring out what are the reasonable expectations for our sessions. Discovering what a student is able to do outside of our sessions is also helpful. (I give wicked easy and often fun homework.) ;-)
I earned my BA and teacher certification from the University of Washington in 1989 and have instructed hundreds of students and tutored many high school and college students over the past two decades.
I have a lot of passion for the language, the people, the culture - my curriculum is vast in order to engage students on multiple levels.
$60 an hour (one on one)
$50 an hour (2 students)
$40 an hour (3 students)
Originally, Young French Scholars began as a non-profit organization teaching 500+ students every year in 5 different elementary schools in the Lake Washington School District.
Teaching is in the blood.
I have worked with students as young as 3 through college. Currently working with my oldest student at 70!
I've worked with many special needs students ranging from epilepsy to autism. Love them all.
Needless to say, my public school students have a lot on their minds - unfortunately, not French related. Last week (MAR 2018) we took some time to talk about KINDNESS vs much of the bullying we see via social media. How does a teacher tie THAT into a French class?
Well, our local Be Neighborly site wasn't, well, being very neighborly about doggie poop. I used it as an example of how social media has the opportunity to support others or tear them down. The poop part? It was a great cultural exploration of how people in America tend to pick up their doggie poo while when walking down the streets of PARIS, one must "regardez la crotte!"
We all have the ability to choose. My students chose that day not to be "poopy" and wrote kind notes to give to their third period teachers who could, in turn pass them out to the students that my students wrote a compliment about. ;-)
If you are looking to hire a tutor, the most important thing to look at within any subject area is this: Are they passionate about what they do? If they are, they will do everything possible to change up lessons in order to help you succeed with your goals.
Students should bring any materials and think about whether they are a visual or an aural learner. Are they wanting to improve a grade, pass a class or go on a trip. Those things are relative to the tutor's decisions about how best to proceed.