Hi Emmanuelle, while working in the Art world, you’re preparing a Master of Bilingual Education at Hunter College, and you offer French classes on MyTutorSpeaksFrench. Could you introduce yourself and describe your experience?
First, I’m a mother of 3. I was born in France and I’ve lived in New York for the last 20 years. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I have been a graphist and a photographer. I am still a photographer and I am a tutor in French and Spanish.
To which kind of students your classes are made for?
My students age from 3 or 4-year-old to 77-year-old! My classes are made for everyone interested in French language and French culture.
What is your method to design your French classes?
I start by identifying my students’ needs and areas of interest. Then I create a program which takes these interests into consideration. I teach grammar and conjugation which I work in a more technical and academic way. In essence, I teach the language in the broadest, most complete and most fun way possible.
Which advice would you give to your students to practice French between 2 classes?
I encourage my students to speak French to their family members or to their friends who may speak or understand French. I also encourage them to speak to themselves up loud when possible. I promote reading and singing in French. And for children, I recommend playing games which I teach in French.
Emmanuelle, we understand that Art plays a special role in your teaching methods and therefore you propose other kinds of classes in French. Could you tell us more about it?
I indeed propose photography workshops which do not focus that much on technical aspects nor on the science of photography, but which emphasis is on the image, the experience and creativity.
I also offer classes on French culture and its gastronomy. The courses are made for every age. We alternate sessions which focus on the cultural and historical aspects of a dish, and cooking workshops where we prepare the dish or the desert we have studied.
Thank you Emmanuelle!