I am 27 years old and live on the east coast of the United States, just outside of Washington, D.C. My interests include sailing, playing chess, learning French, music, playing the flute, travel, learning about lifestyles and customs in countries around the world and keeping up with current events. I love my job! As an English tutor I have enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. I have made some wonderful friends through this work. When I am not working, I spend quite a lot of time listening to French podcasts in order to improve my fluency in that language. I try to take at least on exciting foreign travel trip each year. I have spent time in the United Kingdom, Poland, Austria, The Czech Republic, France and Saint Lucia. Next year I have planned a trip to Africa. I love the adventure of travel.
I received my TEFL/TESOL certification from Oxford Seminars in 2015. Since then, I have been teaching English online for over 3 years. Prior to teaching English, in 2014, I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. My coursework focused on political science, history and French. I am quite comfortable in spoken French (level B2). I completed a study abroad semester at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K. During my university days I also participated in English conversation clubs, assisting in the language development of foreign students who were attending university in the United Kingdom and France.
I believe that learning a language should be relaxed and fun. Through regular conversation on topics that interest the student, I work to build the student's skills and confidence. Language learning can be difficult but it should not be stressful or boring. A kind attitude and the willingness to support the student’s specific goals are the key to successful tutoring. I believe that making mistakes is a natural and necessary part of the learning process.
My experience studying French and travelling in France has taught me that without confidence and the willingness to speak, achieving fluency is simply impossible. The best way to develop that confidence is through hours of conversation with a native speaker. Most importantly I always listen to my students and shape my lessons to accommodate their interests, goals and skills.