My teaching methodology includes the belief that every student is capable of learning both good written and spoken French. My methodology is based strongly in practical oral communication skills as well as essential writing factors. In both, I stress proper grammar while paying attention to differences in vocabulary and sentence structure. Finally, I use phonetics and some nice tricks I picked up in my time as a student to help develop a more authentic French accent.
I am a recent graduate of the French Masters program at the University of Louisville. I have spent two summers working full time in French and have excellent skills in both written and verbal communication. In my studies at U of L I also spent time focusing on phonetics and perfecting an accent without so many traces of American English. As a graduate student I also served as a Teaching Assistant and oversaw classes in the capacity of a long-term substitute teacher.
Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at the University of Louisville in French; graduate student with significant experience in the French workplace; studies in French language, literature, and culture; undergraduate degrees in French and Political Science. My background in political science includes work in law, political theory, as well as some independent research.
I am seeking a job using my language skills in both French and English as well as my respective cultural and political proficiencies. I would like to work in an environment that is innovative, growing, and that is equally conducive to my continued growth as a French and English speaker as well as helping me to grow and give back as a citizen. Ideally, I would like to be able to use and build my teaching experience as well, in whatever role it best serves. I believe my ability to teach makes me suited for positions in management given my proven record of self-replication.
University of Louisville
Bachelor of Arts in French, magna cum laude May 2017
Bachelor of Science in Political Science, magna cum laude
M.A. in French May 2018
• University of Louisville Louisville, KY
Graduate Teaching Assistant 2017-2018
Prepare unit tests for French 121 and 122, beginning French classes
Offer students open tutoring hours on campus
Organize a French Language Table twice a week
Assist in organizing language-related activities on campus (film festival, ice cream social, etc)
• Montpellier Office of Tourism and Attraction Montpellier, France
Paid Intern/Program Liaison in Montpellier, France July 2017
Collected important documents from student participants, assist students in navigating the city, and answer any questions or problems from students during their stay in Montpellier.
Compiled a digital list detailing the tourist attractions in the 31 communes which make up the Montpellier Metropolitan area
Compiled a digital list detailing the hiking and camping sites in the 31 communes which make up the Montpellier Metropolitan area
Photographed and digitally organized the 20 sites featured on the Office's tour of sites related to Montpellier's patron saint, Saint Roch.
All work performed and completed in French, with regular conversation in French
• La Régie des Eaux (Metropolitan Montpellier Water Service) Montpellier, France
Paid Intern, General Operations in Montpellier, France July 2016
Daily Office Duties (made photocopies, served as a go-fer, set up on-site events, mastered the in-house system for managing supplies, communicate with co-workers by email in French)
Prepared a report on the taxation and distribution of water by providers in various American cities comparing with those of Montpellier (collected information on taxation rates in three American cities, converted US data to French measures for easier comparison, compared quality ratings of the water in the four communities).
Accompanied workers on repair runs, surveying plants, and reviewing safety standards of various off-site facilities.
• Legislative Aide, Frankfurt, KY, one semester Spring semester, 201
Worked for Kentucky State Senator Gerald Neil (State Senatorial District 33)
Served as a go-fer, summarized legal documents relating to legislation, became familiar with the online KY legislative code (KRS), attended KY Senate sessions, as well as Senate committee and sub-committee sessions,
• Tumbleweed Restaurants
Worked as a server and as a cook; trained incoming server assistants (food runners) and servers; helped cater corporate events, regularly closed the restaurant.
• Honorary Member, Louisville Committee on Foreign Policy
Attend committee meetings and participate in speaker sessions.
• Eagle Scout Scholarship
• Trustees Scholarship
• Modern Language Fund
• Student Travel Award
• Placed Second in UofL Public Speaking Competition (2015)
English: native speaker
French: spoken, read, last certification: B2, 2016, (European standard)
Catalan: reading knowledge
Occitan: reading knowledge
Tumbleweed; trained incoming server assistants and servers, 2012-2017
Taught beginning French lessons to elementary school children, 2013
Organized a construction team for my Eagle Scout project, teaching team members to use power tools properly and use building materials.
Taught newly arrived Americans the transportation system in Montpellier, France
Trained American university students on city behavior in France (walking, restaurant etiquette, professional environment, etc.)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, French Department, University of Louisville
Letters of recommendation available upon request
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