As a teaching assistant for beginning-level French (101-103) at Carleton College, I work with students in the early stages of their French journey to become comfortable with this new language. I aim to make French less intimidating and more fun and useful for each student. After a brief introduction and some ice breakers, the first thing I let all my students know is that it is okay to make mistakes. I want them to know from the first day that our classroom is a place for learning without judgment. While we spend the time going through the lesson plan, the end of class is reserved for 20 minutes for small group discussion.
I also work to have students engage with French outside of the classroom. I find that my favorite form of language learning takes outside the place of “formal instruction.” I send them links to popular music, tv shows and movies that people our age enjoy. As a French Council member, I help organize various “French Events” where students and staff are both welcome. We’ve hosted everything from a mock French café to a pétanque tournament. When students seek help, I find engaging ways for them to practice French reading, writing, or speaking skills. For example, I tutored one student who loved the NBA, so we read an article about the NBA in France to go over pronunciation followed by a discussion to practice reading comprehension. I plan to bring these skills to my online tutoring.
I am a recent college graduate with a degree in French and Francophone studies. I specialize in French history and colonial history. I have gone abroad three times, twice to Paris and once to Sénégal. I have also studied in Morocco. I have a passion for French and Francophone culture and have learned a lot during my time abroad. In addition, I interned at the Holocaust Memorial in Paris. I was a teaching assistant at the college level for the beginning French-language sequence 101-103 from 2018 to 2020. I also was responsible for organizing cultural events and leading conversations. I plan to teach English this coming year in Lyon.
I am very open to discussing rates and plans based on your personal needs. I also would like to spend some of the first session going over your goals and favorite ways of learning.
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Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota September 2016 – June 2020
• French and Francophone Studies Major (GPA: 3.5)
Institute for Field Education Paris, France August 2019 – December 2019
Carleton College Senegal Program, Dakar, Senegal December 2018
Carleton College Paris Program, France March 2018 – June 2018
Teaching Assistant, Carleton College French Department, Northfield, MN August 2018 – Present
• Teaches two classes, of 8 to 10 students, per week in French for beginning levels
• Tutors at French study center for four hours each week
Archives Intern, Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France October 2019 - December 2019
• Catalogued and put the entire Drancy (French internment camp) collection online
• Researched and connected organizations that had separate Drancy archival
collections so that they could be streamlined into one
• Corrected educational materials based on archival research
French Tutor, Northfield, MN March 2019 – June 2019
Research Assistant, Carleton College Archives, Northfield, MN September 2016 – March 2018
• Identified key features of unprocessed materials and cataloged according
to existing archival documents
• Catalogued materials with particular attention to detail to ensure accuracy
Cultural Heritage Intern, South African Heritage Resources Agency, South Africa Summer 2017
• Researched 36 national heritage sites using archival material and field visits
• Analyzed and integrated Apartheid era documents and drafted recommendations
for future community development
• Presented findings in an accessible way for future decision-making
Student Departmental Advisor, Carleton College French Department, Northfield, MN August 2019 - Present
• Represents the French department at school-wide events
• Advises current and prospective French majors and minors
• Organizes events for current and prospective French majors and minors
French Council Member, Carleton College, Northfield, MN August 2017 – Present
• Organizes French and Francophone cultural events on campus
Co-Founder and Organizer, Carls Talk Back, Carleton College, Northfield, MN January 2018 – June 2019
• Organized a campus-wide student movement
• Created a space for students from all different backgrounds to voice concerns
and provide solutions to the problems they face on campus
Center for Global and Regional Studies Fellowship, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 2019
• Summer academic research grant
Larson Fellowship, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 2019
• Summer academic research grant
Isemeinger Scholarship, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 2017
• Study abroad travel scholarship
Global Edge Scholarship, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 2017
• Summer internship program in Cape Town, South Africa
Languages: English (native) French (fluent)
Interests: Community organizing, Research, Education, Comedy
Gaby is an excellent, approachable teacher with lots of experience studying/living France and extensive background in tutoring French!
Gaby is so passionate about French, and just an absolutely excellent teacher. She's knowledgeable, warm, and funny. I could not recommend her more highly! You'll learn so much!
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