I spent the last few years teaching in Europe in both in a classroom setting and privately. I taught English Literature classes and Writing and Grammar Skill classes at a bilingual middle school in France geared towards English and American expats living in France. I also taught both English and French as second languages as a private tutor.
I believe what has made me a successful teacher was my time as a student myself at a French language school. I paid attention to what teaching methods worked for me and why, and I brought that into my own teaching methods. This perspective really helped me plan lessons that were successful for my students. I try to keep my lessons interesting, age-appropriate and hands-on. Particularly for language learning, I believe in diving right in and speaking the language from day one. I don't believe memorization or the typical approach of "starting with the alphabet" helps language learners achieve their goals.
I love sharing my passion for languages, writing and literature with my students, and seeing them make real progress. I like the creativity involved in customizing my lesson plans to fit my students' interests and having as much fun during lessons as we can.
My favorite part about teaching my middle school classes was seeing the transformation from English class haters into students telling me it was their favorite class at school. There's nothing better as a teacher than hearing that from your teenage students.
I'm learning a lot, it's amazing, patient I recommend it to everyone !!
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