Severine Witkowski-Smith : French

Severine Witkowski-Smith
Subject : French
Native : French
France
(29) Lessons
100%      
(15) Reviews
Last class : 8+ days
8+ days
Offline
45 Min : $19.95 / £16.07 / €18.85
Trial: 50% OFF

Hello, my name is Severine Witkowski-Smith and I'm 33 years old and currently living in France. I am a native French speaker and teach English, French. I have taught online with Verbalplanet.com since June 2016. I can speak the following languages fluently: French, English. I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 50% of my normal lesson price for new students.

Detailed Profile in English

About me

I was born and raised in France, although I no longer live in France I love my home country and all my family still lives in France so I visit as often as I can. I would really like to share with you my culture, my traditions, my memories, I can help you to understand how schools, administration, health services work, etc. Having spent several summers in England as a child and lived in English speaking countries for most of my adult life, I have a native level in both spoken and written English (IELTS 8.0).

I love using English to communicate with people all around the world and find out about their culture.

I have travelled to many countries and I am used to speaking to non native speakers so I can easily adapt my level of French so that you can understand me well.

Qualifications & Experience

I hold a CELTA certificate Pass B and am currently teaching English in Vietnam. I work for two of the biggest schools in the country : Apollo and Ila. I currently teach adult classes for several international companies in Hanoi such as Honda (general, business and IELTS English) as well as young learners classes (juniors and teenagers).

I also hold:

- a British childcare qualification (NVQ Level 3); I worked as a pre-school teacher for several years, mainly with 3-to-5-year-old children

- a French teaching qualification (Professeur des Ecoles); I worked for 4 years as a primary school teacher, mainly with 8-to-12-year-old children this means that I know French grammar very well, I used to teach it to children so I can explain it simply and clearly.

Teaching Approach

I strongly believe that teaching must be engaging, relevant to each student and adapted to their level and their needs. This means that when I plan lessons I never use just a page from a course book or a generic worksheet found online.

I always look for interesting videos, pictures and articles, I adapt each lesson to the students, I look at recurrent errors and I plan specific activities, etc. I have a lot of experience with children so I can provide fun lessons which include visual activities and games, I use "positive reinforcement" which means praising children throughout the lesson to highlight their progress and their efforts.

Having learnt other languages myself and travelled in many countries where I had to use the local language to communicate, I know what is the most important, I always encourage my students to communicate in whatever possible way they can without making them feel bad about their mistakes. The most important is to be understood !

I know French grammar very well, I studied it extensively when I was training to become a primary school teacher, this means I can help you if you speak good French but want more help with your writing or if you are preparing for tests to enter university for instance.

I also have a very good awareness of English grammar as it is something we study extensively in France, I also know first hand what it means to take an English proficiency test since I took the IELTS myself !


My last class was :
8+ days ago.

 
18 Aug 2016
By : Skripak
Subject : French 

Really learned a lot today. I feel my confidence growing with each lesson!

 
05 Aug 2016
By : Skripak
Subject : French 

Another great lesson! The conversation helps with my French as well as with my familiarity with French culture. Severine is very flexible and creates lessons that always keep things interesting.

 
01 Jul 2016
By : Skripak
Subject : French 

Severine brings a variety of exercises to help me learn. Reading/discussing recent articles builds vocab and comprehension. Discussing current events is a fun way to build both vocab and confidence in French. She also sends me exercises for homework.

 
27 Jun 2016
By : anna-trapanese
Subject : French 

awesome lesson. merçi

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