I’ve been living in Saint-Jean d’Aulps and working in Morzine for 7 months, and it’s my favourite place for now!
Originally from Lyon, I started with an English degree in Lyon. My first very big trip was for my master’s degree when I went to New Zealand for a year. This experience was rich and that’s actually where I started to teach French, to children at the Alliance Française of Dunedin. After that, I could not come back to Lyon and stay there, I had to move again, see more of France and more of the world. I thus went to Scotland (Glasgow) to teach French in primary and secondary schools for a year, then did the same in Spain for three months.
That’s when I decided to start studying again. I loved teaching French, so much, but I felt like I didn’t have enough tools to do it. So I started a master’s degree in FLE (French as a second language) with the university of Montpellier. This enabled me to question myself about all the different issues to face inside and outside the classroom: how to teach grammar, how to make the students speak, how to make them feel comfortable, how to give them vocab they will use, how to adapt your teaching methods and contents to each of them, how to deal with the level disparities, etc. and so much more! I teach adults and children and love both for different reasons.
To progress in French, students must feel confident and comfortable so this is the most important thing in my teaching style. I use a conversational approach to put students at ease and give them the confidence to express themselves in French. I adapt my lessons to suit my students and I try and teach real-life French that my students will hear in the street. Students appreciate being given the chance to speak and practice their French in my lessons.
Every day is a new challenge for me, and I keep on learning every time I get a new student. During my degree, I had the chance to discover a little piece of Russia during a 3 months internship. Since I’ve graduated, I’ve worked with internationals in Montpellier, with migrants in Lyon, in many different structures. My thirst of nature and wild spaces got me to Alpine French school, where I’m very happy to work and plan to stay for a little while!