Where are you from and where do you teach?
I am from France. I am a graduate of Paris University where I specialized in Contrastive Linguistics and Translation. I run my own language afterschool club
in Brittany, in a cute and tiny stone house, where my great-grandparents used to live, surrounded by a gigantic garden. I also teach in local schools and organize special events in local libraries.
My husband and I also run a children’s bookshop online (www.books4kids.net
). We love books (our house and classroom are full of them) and I have always loved reading stories to my children and pupils.
How long have you been a teacher?
I have been teaching English with a lot of passion for more than 20 years.
I started teaching kids in primary schools and adults in business companies in Paris. Later on, I became a teacher in a Pre-school and elementary private bilingual school south of France, then I taught English in a French college (11-14 year-old-pupils), and in a high school for students specialized in Business Studies and Real Estate Professionals. I recently taught English to Civil Engineering students at Rennes 1 University in Brittany, and for a few years I have trained 2nd year-students for the TOEIC and other international tests of English. I also taught engineers and technicians in agricultural and environmental companies etc.
What do you like the most about teaching?
I have always loved teaching, but what I like the most is to impart my passion of English language to others. I like teaching English in a creative way, using the 5 senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and I love using books a lot!
With kids I love to have a lot of fun, so that they don’t even realize they are learning English.
With adults, I love teaching English that you can use afterwards, not too theoretical, but useful English. For example, I like seeing their joy when they understand for the first time ever how we should use the ‘present perfect’ tense in English.
What age groups do you teach?
This year, I teach babies and toddlers with one of their parents (Baby Workshop), children from 3 to 11 (in my own Wednesday and Holiday club and in schools). I also teach adults.
Which is your favourite age group and why?
I love teaching kids from 3 to 5 because they are like sponges and give me back a lot of love.
I love teaching kids from 6 to 11 years old because they are very inquisitive about everything and are in the process of discovering the world.
I love teaching adults too because teaching adults is very challenging as you learn more and more technical vocabulary and discover your student’s world - jobs and skills. The most rewarding part is the interaction I have with my students.
What is your favourite classroom game?
I don’t have a favourite game. I love playing “Simon Says” indoors and outdoors too, card games (Happy Family, Snap), but also board games, we also play with pebbles to learn our ABCs, the moods, etc. We also do a lot of role plays with kids 9+ and adults.
What is you favourite classroom activity?
We love cooking, gardening, dancing, painting, drawing, singing, reading stories (I lend them books each week), …
I particularly like exchanging emails with our penpals (this year we are corresponding with a school in Australia).
Which materials from the website do you like the most?
I absolutely love the “family house craft”, “family pop up Craft”, the game “Find someone who”, the “making friends” sheet, “all about me” board game…
What is a good teaching tip you would recommend to other teachers?
Love your pupils, be passionate, teach them indoors and outdoors when possible, using the 5 senses and they will love whatever you teach them.