How It All Started
On a cold morning of February 2010, seated in the manager’s office, I said no.
For the third time in thirty minutes, the manager of this world-renown language school had asked me to accept the position of French teacher. I was desperate for a job, yet I said no, because I just didn’t believe I was capable of teaching French.
You see, I had battled with French all my life, since I was forced to study it as a child, and just always felt I was rubbish at it. The grammar just went way above my head, I had mostly negative associations with the language and its culture, and I just spoke French tolerably enough to be considered a native speaker by the age of 14.
However, my lacking French skills first started to become apparent when I started studying translation and they were finally also the reason why I failed my last translation exam after four years of studying. It was the reason I was sitting in that office, applying for an English teaching position, holding no degree in my hand.
I finally accepted the manager’s offer when he told me I could always bail out after the three months’ trial, if I still felt like I couldn’t do it at the end of these three months.
Well, I have been a French teacher ever since (with a few breaks in between) and have never looked back. I have since completed a degree in teaching French as a Foreign Language, taught in various schools and a great variety of students from all ages, professional and social backgrounds.
Why I Teach
I’ve always wanted to become a teacher. I absolutely love sharing my knowledge and seeing how lives are changed for the better as a result of learning a new language and getting acquainted with a new culture. It’s honestly worth every frustrating and discouraging minute of learning it (and teaching it, sometimes!).
HOWEVER. It doesn’t have to be as frustrating or as discouraging as many say or as you may have experienced until now.
I am here to show you that, even if it requires dedication, persistence and motivation (as with anything you want, really!) French can be learned in a way that is both pleasant and easy. It doesn’t have to be the “brain-contortion-act” you think – though you will probably come across some tongue-twisting words!
How I Teach
If there is one thing that I really don’t like, it’s people wasting my time. That’s why I do my best to apply the rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, and this is why I am very particular about teaching in the most straightforward and practical manner possible.
I continually hone my skill and try to find ways to teach that will enable you to start speaking French as soon as possible – starting from the first lesson! Therefore, all of my courses are speaking-centred and practice-oriented.
I only introduce elements of grammar for really basic and essential rules that are important for you to know. There are plenty of grammar books on the market to serve those who crave perfect grasp of it (though I can’t say they have been hugely helpful in helping these people actually SPEAK).
Foreign languages are here to force you to take a step in someone else’s direction. To show you care enough about them that you are willing to invest time, money and energy to learn their language.
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But languages are first and foremost about communication. They are a key to someone’s heart. And language doesn’t start with words, it starts with behavior and attitude. These two go a long way into people’s hearts, before you can even ask for their name in their native language.
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So when you start learning a language, never forget to first share your heart with a smile before you share your thoughts and opinions in foreign terms and words.
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Since language is all about communication and connection, let’s start by connecting!