Master's in French Literature
In my near three-decade teaching journey, I've engaged with students from all walks of life. This lengthy tenure allowed me to watch the transformation in the learning methods and adapt accordingly. From traditional textbook methods to more interactive and digital means, my teachings evolved to serve my students better. I've had the privilege to both start with beginners and polish those near-fluency, providing insights on not just the language but the rich tapestry of French culture and history.
Learning a language, especially French, is not just about memorizing verbs and phrases; it's a journey into another world. That's why I incorporate French cinema, music, and art elements into my lessons. This gives students a more rounded understanding of what it means to speak and live the language. By showing students the real-life application and beauty of the language, they often find themselves more motivated and excited to learn.
Lucas has an incredible talent for making you feel like you're in France, even when you're just in the classroom. Every lesson feels like a mini-adventure.
I appreciate his holistic approach to teaching French. It's not just a language; it's a way of life, and Lucas encapsulates that perfectly.
His classes are good. But, sometimes, I feel we sidetrack from the main curriculum too much.
PhD in French Linguistics
For 26 years, I've been involved with French linguistics and sharing that passion with my students. My early years in teaching were focused on understanding the structure and sound of the language. However, as time went on, I expanded my horizons to cover more of the cultural and historical significance of the French language. Having worked with university students, I understand the pressures they face. My goal has always been to make learning more approachable, allowing them to grasp complex concepts with ease.
To me, French is more than just a language; it's a bridge to a vast world of art, history, and human connection. In my lessons, I prioritize communication and real-world application. We delve into French literature, discuss news articles, and occasionally explore French culinary arts. I believe in giving students the tools to converse, debate, and express themselves confidently in French, ensuring they're ready for both academic and real-world scenarios.
Taking lessons with Matthew was the best decision I've ever made. Seriously, I never thought I'd get to a point where I could confidently chat away in French at parties or during trips. I owe a lot of that growth to him!
Matt's a cool teacher and all. I love the books and movies he suggests. But honestly, sometimes I get lost when he skips over some grammar bits. Would be nice if he could balance it out a bit more.
While his classes offer a broad perspective, I sometimes wish for more grammar-focused sessions.
PhD in French Linguistics from University of Lyon
Over the past two decades, I've had the joy of guiding students through the details of the French language at a university level. My research in French linguistics has enabled me to bring fresh, research-backed insights to my students. Over the years, I've worked with students from various backgrounds, from those with a casual interest in the language to those deeply committed to mastering it. The academic environment has allowed me to blend formal teaching with seminars, workshops, and interactive discussions. I've also organized student exchanges, enabling learners to immerse themselves in the authentic French environment.
I strive to make students feel the rhythm, emotion, and history behind every phrase and sentence. To ensure a comprehensive learning experience, I incorporate multimedia materials, literature, music, and even culinary elements into my curriculum. My objective is not just to make students fluent in French, but to also help them understand and appreciate the vibrant literature of the French-speaking world.
Ava’s classes have an engaging flair, but sometimes, it feels a bit overwhelming. Can we take a step back and focus on basics?
Her passion for the French culture is evident, but I enrolled mainly for the language aspect. I'm not getting enough of that.
Learning French was always daunting until Ava’s class. The way she blends storytelling with lessons is magical.
PhD in French Cultural Studies
Over two decades, I have explored the depth and breadth of French culture and its imprints on global civilization. Being of a mixed heritage, I've always been particularly captivated by the blending of cultures and the way French influences have permeated throughout the world. From the art cafes of Paris to the bustling markets of Marseille, I've traveled extensively to absorb authentic experiences. Sharing these experiences with my students has been my primary motivation. I've taught in both local colleges and renowned universities, encountering a myriad of students, each bringing their own perspective to our discussions.
My approach is not limited to traditional practices. I focus on various things. For me, teaching someone French means introducing students to a culture that has rich historical roots. I adopt a holistic approach to teaching, incorporating media, art, and history into our lessons. This ensures that students not only grasp the language but also develop a genuine appreciation for the culture and people behind it. Through open discussions and real-world examples, I make certain that students experience French culture as if they are walking down a boulevard in Paris.
Oliver's teachings go beyond just the classroom. His stories and examples gave me a real feel of France.
A true expert in his field! I learned so much about the French world, although sometimes the lessons were more cultural than linguistic.
I joined the class hoping to strengthen my language skills, mainly. While I found Oliver's depth of knowledge about French culture impressive, I sometimes wished we'd spend more time on verb conjugations and vocabulary. However, for those keen on culture, he's your guy!
Master's in French Literature
Over the last 15 years, I have dedicated my life to spreading my love for French literature. My journey began in South Africa, where I first became fascinated with French authors. From the passionate works of Dumas to the introspective musings of Proust, I've always been drawn to the diverse tapestry of French literary art. Having taught in universities across three continents, I've seen a broad spectrum of students and their unique learning challenges. I have always prioritized ensuring that each student feels seen, heard, and understood in my classroom.
French literature isn't just about reading; it's about understanding the emotions, history, and culture that birthed those words. In my lessons, students get more than just language instruction; they dive deep into the stories, characters, and historical contexts. I emphasize discussions, ensuring students think critically about the texts we study. By the end of my course, students don't just read French literature – they live it.
Ms. van der Merwe introduced me to authors I'd never heard of. Now, I can't get enough of French literature!
Mia's passion for French tales is evident. I sometimes wished for more modern examples, but her classics are always engaging.
Before joining Ms. van der Merwe's class, I barely had any interest in literature, let alone French. But the way she unravels stories, diving into the heart of each tale? It's simply magical. I've discovered authors and books that will stay with me forever.
Ph.D. in French Studies
Over my 13-year teaching journey, I've been lucky enough to guide numerous students in their French language exploration. I started as a language tutor during my doctoral studies and then transitioned into university lecturing. This experience allowed me to witness firsthand the challenges and triumphs students encounter when studying French. Each class has been a learning experience, not just for the students but for me as well. I've grown as an educator, tailoring my methods based on student feedback and the ever-evolving academic landscape.
My philosophy centers on making French relatable. While grammar and vocabulary are essential, a true appreciation of the language emerges when students connect with its culture. Whether discussing a French film, exploring regional cuisines, or diving into an intriguing novel, I strive to ensure my students experience the richness of French culture alongside their studies. This approach keeps the learning environment vibrant and stimulating.
Joseph’s passion for French is evident in every lesson. His classes are a blend of rigorous academic instruction and cultural discovery, making each session both enlightening and enjoyable.
His teaching style is truly dynamic. Whether we were discussing a recent French film, dissecting a song's lyrics, or practicing pronunciation, every class was a new experience.
His approach to teaching is dynamic and refreshing. It’s not just about the language; it’s about understanding and feeling the culture.
PhD in French Cultural Studies
Over the past 12 years, I've guided a range of students through French culture and language. I started my journey as a research assistant during my PhD days and gradually discovered my passion for teaching. Working with students from different backgrounds and levels of knowledge in French has been a rich and rewarding experience. I’ve seen students grow from knowing basic phrases to discussing French cinema, art, and literature with confidence. These transformations are what keep me motivated and passionate about teaching.
To me, learning a language isn't just about vocabulary and grammar. It's about understanding everything about its history, geography and natives. In my classes, we enthusiastically study into French traditions, celebrations, and everyday life, making the learning process more holistic. Role-playing, debates, and project-based learning are some of the techniques I use. I always aim to create an environment where students can explore and express without hesitation.
Ms. Kumar has made me see French in a whole new light. It's not just a language for me anymore.
I genuinely enjoy Harper's classes. We cover so much more than just the language. He is truly commendable. Such nice human being as well.
The cultural insights she provides are truly invaluable. It's like taking a trip to France every class! I have become so much better at it. Now I practice it more often with my friends and family. Ms Kumar is a life saver truly.
Master's in French Linguistics
Over the span of 9 years, I've worked with university students to help them understand the beauty and depth of the French language. From conducting basic language labs during my early teaching days to leading in-depth seminars on French literature, I've had a varied and enriching journey. I've seen the joy in students' eyes when they perfectly pronounce a difficult word or when they understand a complex French text. I cherish these moments as they represent each student's breakthroughs and progress.
Understanding a language goes beyond just the words. It’s about engaging oneself in the essence of the culture. In my classes, students don't just learn French; they experience it. We use French music, movies, and literature as tools to make the language more relatable and fun. I place importance on open discussions and active participation, ensuring that everyone gets a chance to voice their thoughts and practice their skills.
Isabella has a unique way of teaching which makes learning French feel like an adventure. She makes everyone so comfortable to ask questions. I love her energy. Moreover, the real-life examples that she gives are really helpful. I have become so much better at French now.
Her classes are always lively and engaging. I've learned so much in such a short time
It's clear she loves the language and culture. It's amazing!
Master's in French Literature from Sorbonne University
In my 8 years of teaching French at university level, I've learned that each student is a world of potential waiting to be unlocked. My background in French literature has given me a wealth of stories and examples to share. I've taught students from all over the globe, each bringing their unique perspective to the language. This has taught me to adapt and find new ways to explain concepts. Whether it's through group discussions, book reviews, or presentations, my goal is to help students connect with the language in a meaningful way.
I believe in teaching French through immersion. This doesn't just mean speaking the language but also understanding its roots. We explore French music, books, and even movies in class. I encourage students to share their views, which makes our sessions interactive and lively. I aim to make French not just another subject, but a window to a new world for my students.
Studying French with Emma? An absolute delight! Even the complexities of the language seem to fade away with her interactive sessions. I've never felt so connected to French before.
I have mixed feelings about Emma's classes. Love the discussions, they're so engaging. But sometimes, I wish we could just sit down and focus on the foundational grammar.
onestly, Emma is in a league of her own. Each lesson is a unique experience. Her enthusiasm is infectious, and I find myself eagerly awaiting our next session.
Master's in French Literature from Sorbonne University
In the last eight years, I've had the privilege to introduce the charm of the French language and culture to university students. My exposure to French literature, both classical and contemporary, has allowed me to present varied perspectives to my students. I've worked with beginners, seasoned linguists, and everyone in between. The university setting offers unique challenges and rewards, and I've come to appreciate the diversity and dynamism it brings. My classes' questions, discussions, and even debates have enhanced my understanding, pushing me to refine my teaching methodology continuously.
French, in essence, is not just a language but a worldview. My classes focus on developing both linguistic proficiency and a deep appreciation for French culture. I believe in a conversational approach, encouraging students to voice their thoughts, opinions, and queries in French. We discuss literature, art, history, and sometimes even daily news, ensuring students have a well-rounded experience of the language. This holistic approach ensures that my students are well-prepared not just academically but also for any real-world interactions they might have.
Mr. Dreymon’s passion for French literature is mindblowing. His classes are a journey into the heart of French culture.
Alexander's smart, no doubt. But sometimes, it's like we go off track. I mean, the stories are cool, but I need to ace my tests too. Wish we'd stick to the main stuff a bit more.
His classes are more than just learning a language. They're about understanding and living the culture. Every time, it feels like we're traveling straight to France. He talks about cool places, fun stories, and the best writers. I've learned so much more than just words.